The new Pathfinder Concept was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and shows how Nissan is planning to reinvent one of its most popular SUV in order to appeal to customers looking for SUV capabilities with more passenger comfort, innovative technology and fuel-efficient performance. As expected, this new concept is very close to production and seeks some positive feedback from the Detroit Auto Show (it already got it from us as we do like it!).
According to Nissan, the concept previews the next-generation Pathfinder, which will go on sale in fall 2012. As you can see from the photos, the Pathfinder Concept introduces a new design language for the Nissan brand but it also features innovative 3-row interior flexibility and room for seven passengers. A refined V6 engine and a next-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) promise to make the new Pathfinder one of the most fuel-efficient 7-passenger vehicles on the market.
Nissan expects the new Pathfinder to deliver a 25 percent increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy (over the previous V6-equipped design). In addition to offering an intuitive four-wheel-drive system, the new Pathfinder will also have towing capacity competitive with the leaders in the segment. Still, Nissan didn’t want to offer details on the interior and technology inside. The Japanese carmaker said that the next-gen Pathfinder’s roomy cabin will deliver innovation and class-above craftsmanship, with excellent legroom in all three rows and ample cargo room behind the 3rd row.