Nissan Philippines Welcomes 2018 with Upgraded Patrol Royale, an Urvan Premium S Model, and a More Stylish Juke

January 27, 2018

At the recent Nissan Thanksgiving party held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, Manila, the Japanese carmaker took the opportunity to unveil a slew of vehicles showcasing what’s new for the coming year. Among the offerings are the Nissan Patrol Royale that gets a new engine and transmission, the Nissan Urvan, now with a Premium S variant, and the little Nissan Juke with some cool new touches.

While the updates to these models may seem cosmetic at first glance, Nissan assures everyone that there’s more to these vehicles than meets the eye. The Patrol Royale, for instance, gets a more potent version of its 5.6-liter V8 motor. The new mill now boasts direct injection and variable valve timing, allowing it to produce 400hp and 560Nm of torque. These are up from the previous version’s 320hp and 533Nm. All that juice is sent to the four drive wheels via new 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Just like the pre-facelifted model, the 2018 Nissan Patrol Royale gets a full-time four-wheel drive system with 4-Low and 4-High settings to improve off-road capability. Just like the older model, this new one retains the overall profile but gets new stuff like the front bumper, foglights, a new egg crate-style V-Motion grille, new LED healdights and taillights, and updated 20-inch alloy wheels.

The refreshed cabin now comes with a new 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. It is complemented by a Bosé sound system with 13 speakers and headrest-mounted displays for rear passengers. All eight occupants can lounge in comfort on tan-covered leather seats, with the driver getting memory function. Plus, the new Patrol Royale is fitted with Nissan’s Around View Monitor and Intelligent Mobility systems for increased ease while behind the wheel, as well as heightened safety.

The 2018 Nissan Patrol Royale is priced at P3,749,990.

Those folks looking for a large van, on the other hand, can check out the Nissan Urvan Premium S variant. Taking its cue from the recently updated Urvan Premium and the now-popular aftermarket van customization scene, this number boasts of an interior that treats passengers to more comfort while on the move.

Nissan Philippines enlisted the services of renowned car customizer Atoy Llave of A-Toy Customs to spruce up the Urvan Premium’s spacious cabin. Instead of the usual 12-seat configuration, the S variant now seats eight passengers in more comfortable quarters.

Four of these lucky passengers, for instance, can take any of the Captains’ Seats, They can either relax, have a meeting on the road by rotating those seats to face each other or backwards, or watch movies via two Blaupunkt headrest-mounted monitors that are controlled by a Pioneer head unit with a 7-inch touchscreen.

The luxurious and comfortable rear cabin is further enhanced by a high ceiling that allows rom for overhead compartments, cabinets, and mood lighting. The last bit is executed in an aircraft-style orange hue. The Premium S variant also gets a Blaupunkt dashcam, rearview camera, and reverse parking sensors.

Still powered by the same 2.5-liter inline fur diesel with 129hp and 356Nm that powers the Urvan Premium model, the Premium S is offered as an optional package that costs between P400,000-P450,000, depending on the items ticked. That’s an additional upgrade over the standard Urvan Premium MT that goes for P1,776,000 or the AT that is priced at P1,836,000.

Apart from these two models, Nissan Philippines also took the wraps off the Juke N Style. Sure, it still keeps the overall quirky look but now adds a few new touches, including red accents on the interior. This gives the subcompact crossover even more character.

If this is a sign of things to come for Nissan, then it looks like it’s going to be an exciting 2018.

Photos by: Paolo Lesaca

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.