2012 Chicago Auto Show: Nissan Pathfinder Concept shows its interior

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 8, 2012

The upcoming Pathfinder will go back to using a unibody platform, which was used on the second generation Pathfinder too. This returning feature was previewed in the Pathfinder Concept. It represents many advantages including a flat floor for improved interior packaging flexibility.

The Pathfinder Concept’s premium features include a comfortable interior that has rich leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start and several user memory settings. It also gets an advanced Bose Audio System with 13 speakers. The versatility of the Pathfinder Concept is enhanced with its second and third rows.

In its class, this model has one of the more spacious second rows. It also has a special third row access due to its large rear door openings, 5.5 inches of second row seat travel, and forward folding seat design so that entering and exiting to the third row is easier.

The 60/40-split second row gets a ground-breaking “child seat mode” that permits forward movement and access to the third row with a child safety seat that stays securely in place on the 40% split-fold side. The third row seat is a 50/50 split folding design, providing additional cargo flexibility as well as reclining for increased passenger comfort.

The second row and third row seats fold flat for the most favorable cargo capacity. There’s also more storage under the floor in the rear cargo area. The Pathfinder Concept interior features the instrument panel, which consists of an advanced drive-assist display right in front of the driver as well as a big multifunction IT display in the center of the dash, Nissan Navigation System with real-time traffic and weather information and Zagat Survey restaurant guide, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and RearView Monitor.

In addition, the Pathfinder Concept gets Nissan’s advanced Around View Monitor, which gives the driver a virtual 360-degree view of the area surrounding the vehicle. It also comes with a tri-zone climate control system, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, power rear liftgate, iPod integration, and tri-zone entertainment system with second row headrest-mounted DVD display screens.

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has an individual tire pressure display and EasyFill Tire Assist, the same as the one presented on the Nissan Quest, offering both visual and audible signals so that owners could easily maintain correct tire pressures without using a gauge. The temperature inside the vehicle would always be just right due to its remote engine start function that enables the climate control system to warm up or cool down the interior before driving.

The Pathfinder by Nissan is a clear trailblazer and was designed to reach customers looking for a SUV but want a vehicle that offers more comfort, great fuel economy, and a much higher level of onboard technology than you would usually get.

Revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2012, the Pathfinder revealed a new look and design that drew the attention of crowds and as part of the huge shake up in strategy Nissan is tackling in the US.

Al Castignetti, Vice President and General Manager of Nissan Division in Nissan North America, said that he is very proud of the work that workers have done in bringing its brand to market and it is because of their hard work and passion that sales continue to rise. He also said that its brand is part of more people's lives than ever before and the new Pathfinder is just the thing which will bring more people than ever to its showrooms across the country. He added that it is truly an incredible SUV and he can’t wait to see the impact it will have on our customers as we move into this busy period.

Nissan Pathfinder Concept: Modern Design, 7-Passenger SUV Capabilities

You could be mistaken in thinking the Pathfinder isn't a Nissan at all. It is far and removed and somewhat improved compared to any previous versions. This redesign and shaping have given the Pathfinder a durability and versatility unlike other SUVs without sacrificing anything in the process. A closer examination of the design cues also reveals what Nissan intends to achieve next in their ongoing redesign. The Pathfinder's inbuilt flexibility means you can fit as many as 7 passengers inside.

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