Australians will soon be able to choose a new path to adventure, with the new Nissan Pathfinder to go on sale locally in 2022. The iconic large SUV introduces a host of new technologies, and a new nine-speed transmission.
New from the ground up, it also debuts a customisable seating configuration that can be delivered with eight seats, or with second-row captain’s chairs, for even more cabin personalisation.
Every aspect of the vehicle has been carefully designed to convey a sense of strength and capability, with a strong front face, wide stance, blister fenders and a shorter front overhang (versus the previous design).
The larger design of the new face of Pathfinder conveys size and strength, which, along with larger tyres, gives it an authentic and rugged look. Distinctive Nissan signature features are integrated into the new Pathfinder design too.
These include the V-motion three-slot grille incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder, C-shaped headlights and a floating roofline. Standard LED headlights include slim upper daytime running lights as well.
The C-pillar has a structural SUV look that allows the use of two-tone paint – a first for Pathfinder. From the side, strong “U-shaped” highlights fuse the powerful fender blisters together, providing a tough, muscled look.
At the rear, the wide-aspect LED taillights are slimmer than the previous design. The “boxed out” tailgate harks to the boldness of the first Pathfinder, including the oversized, satin chrome PATHFINDER name.
Even the new aluminium-alloy wheel designs have a machined, tool-like seriousness to them. A total of 11 colour combinations will be offered, including four new two-tone treatments carefully designed to integrate into the overall design.
New two-tone Scarlet Ember with Super Black Metallic (pictured) brings a high-energy feel and is similar to the iconic red colour of the original Pathfinder.
The new Pathfinder features a 3.5-litre direct injection V6 engine, matched with the new nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response.
It consistently delivers the right gear at the right time, helping improve fuel economy and driving comfort. The combination provides strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or exiting a turn, and minimises rpm variation on a grade.
All Pathfinder 4WD drive models feature Nissan’s new intelligent 4WD with seven-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure.
This allows for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster.
Loading the family is now easier too with standard eight-passenger capacity or, for the first time on Pathfinder, available second-row captain’s chairs with a no-tools-required removable centre console.
Nissan’s second-row EZ FLEX one-touch seating can now be utilised on both the driver and passenger sides, and the seat pitches farther forward to provide a wider opening from driver or passenger side – even with a car seat attached.
This, along with the 60/40 split-folding 3rd-row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and cargo. A new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and Bose premium audio with 13 speakers, features.
A digital intelligent around view monitor, which features a higher resolution and wider image viewing angle than the previous analogue model, will be available on the new Pathfinder when it launches next year.
Australian specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to its arrival down under.