The new Nissan Pathfinder will receive a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, Nissan officials told Motor Trend. This new model will make its debut this April at the New York Auto Show. When the new Pathfinder was unveiled in Detroit, it was considered to still be a concept since it didn’t have an interior. But a production version is set to make its debut in Chicago.
As it was still a concept, Nissan won’t reveal any particular details about the new, unibody, front-wheel drive-based Pathfinder aside from the fact that it will be launched with a V-6 engine, continuously variable transmission as well as intelligent all-wheel drive.
A Nissan insider said that the Pathfinder will be powered by the automaker’s proven 3.5-liter V-6. It’s believed that this is the case for the new Pathfinder that is Nissan’s version of the new Infiniti JX35, which features the same powertrain. Nissan could still retune the engine for the Pathfinder but it will probably have the same 265hp and 248 pound-feet of torque as the JX.
But for now, the V-6 seems to be the only engine option. Nissan will use its new second-generation CVT, which is launched in the JX, and seems to be the only transmission option. Power is distributed to all four wheels through an intelligent all-wheel drive system that Nissan says, could be locked in full four-wheel drive (with maximum power to all wheels) to achieve more serious off-roading.
Nissan has been saying that the Pathfinder is all-wheel drive but officials said that it comes with a selectable two-wheel drive mode that powers the front wheels just for minimal power loss and optimum fuel efficiency. The new Pathfinder will get as much as a 25% higher fuel economy than the existing V-6 models due largely to the new powertrain, improved aerodynamic body, and a curb weight that’s lighter by 500 pounds.
The new Nissan Pathfinder has a design that expresses modernity while also honoring the previous three generations of Pathfinders. It has a new unibody platform that paved the way for a more aerodynamic exterior design without compromising cargo capacity or headroom. In fact, with its more efficient packaging, the new Pathfinder boasts more space in its interior compared to previous models.
Moving upscale in its appearance, the Nissan Pathfinder’s new exterior styling shows a smart fusion of dynamic strength and the carmaker’s signature styling cues. The result is an adventure-ready look with fenders that are wheel-oriented and muscular, plus a stable and strong stance.
Looking at the vehicle’s upper body, you will see an open cabin featuring a low beltline and thin D- and A-pillars flowing smoothly into its rough and rugged-looking lower body. You will surely appreciate how the Pathfinder’s design incorporates the front and the rear spoilers, the rear tire deflectors, and the rear suspension fairings, helping achieve great aerodynamic performance. Its exterior features also include a wide chrome grille, large aerodynamic headlights, chrome door handles, large rear combination lights, and recessed front windshield wipers. What’s more, the Pathfinder has a panoramic dual-panel moon roof, which has a fixed rear glass panel and a sliding opening front panel that extends over the vehicle’s second and third rows and combines with the vehicle’s large windows for that open and airy feel.
Al Castignetti, Nissan North America Vice President, says that with its new aerodynamic shape, the Pathfinder’s styling is a big step forward in the SUV’s evolution. According to him, it is just fitting that a vehicle intended for new adventures should look the part, too.
In terms of its interior and its seating, the Nissan Pathfinder has versatility and comfort in mind. It achieves both by using premium materials as well as advanced technology. The Pathfinder can comfortably accommodate seven passengers, and it is considered to be the best in its class when it comes to front leg room, front headroom, and overall passenger volume. Moreover, the Pathfinder is the only vehicle in its segment that boasts a third-row seat recline.