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.
The design you see on the Nissan Pathfinder hints at modernity while also paying tribute to the first three generations that precede it. Thanks to the new unibody, designers were able to create an exterior that is more aerodynamic while still retaining the headroom and luggage space. The new Nissan Pathfinder even has more space inside than any of the previous models because of the efficient packaging.
Nissan Pathfinder now combines dynamic strength and the trademark design cues of the Japanese carmaker. The more expensive look makes it obvious that the Pathfinder is ready for adventure with its strong fenders and more stable stance.
Meanwhile, the upper body now has an open cabin partnering with a low beltline. The A-pillar and D-pillar are also thinner and flow seamlessly into the lower body. The design also makes use of rear and front spoilers, rear suspension fairings and rear tire deflectors, to help make the new Pathfinder the most aerodynamic vehicle in its segment. Wide chrome grille, big aerodynamic headlamps, recessed windshield wipers up front, big combination lights at the rear, and chrome door handles complete the exterior design.
You can expect an airy interior with the dual panel moonroof that has a front panel that slides open and a rear panel that covers the 2nd and 3rd rows. These features, plus big windows, give you a more open environment while riding.
Nissan North America, Inc. Nissan division vice president and general manager Al Castignetti says that the new Pathfinder's design, with its new aerodynamic form, is a big step forward for SUVs. You get a modern look that retains the roominess that customers have loved with SUVs without looking plain and utilitarian.