New Nissan Patrol spied testing at last

After months of prototype photos of its Infiniti QX80 luxury twin, the next Nissan Patrol – with twin-turbo V6 power replacing the V8 – has hit the road in its showroom bodywork.

The next-generation 2025 Nissan Patrol ‘Y63’ has been spotted testing for the first time in the Middle East ahead of its expected unveiling late this year or sometime next year.

Images posted to Instagram by users @kurdistan_automotive_blog_ and @cars_secrets show a number of new Patrol prototypes on the road alongside a selection of current V8-powered models.

At first glance they look the same as prototypes for the next Infiniti QX80 – the Nissan’s luxury twin, due to be unveiled in the coming months.

However a few key details show this is not the QX80 – most notably regular door handles in place of flush-fitting, pop-out handles on the Infiniti.

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The tail-lights are different (with a C-shape on the Patrol), the licence plate is placed on the tailgate of the Nissan – not on the rear bumper as on the Infiniti – and in a side-on photo, a unique front fascia is visible.

It is hard to make out specific design details, however – as with the current models – the new Patrol is set to share its body shell with the new QX80.

The headline change for the next-generation Nissan and Infiniti twins will be a switch from today’s 5.6-litre petrol V8, to downsized twin-turbocharged V6 power.

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Reports claim it will be a new engine for Nissan displacing 3.5 litres, and may develop 316kW in the Patrol – or 336kW in the QX80.

The Infiniti QX80 is set to pick up a more luxurious, and far more high-tech cabin than today’s model – with a 24-inch dashboard display across the width of the dashboard, front and rear touchscreens, and a climate control system that detects body temperature.

It’s not clear how many of these features will be available in the Nissan version.

The 2025 Nissan Patrol is expected to be unveiled at the end of this year, or sometime next year – at a similar time to the Infiniti QX80 luxury version.

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