The all-new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid made its debut today at the New York Auto Show, promising to blend "green" technology with comfortable seating for seven. The design is not new, which means that we will focus under the hood, where the standard 3.5-liter V6 is replaced by new supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor paired with a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.
The electric motor delivers 15 kW and together with the gas engine provide performance similar to the conventional Pathfinder. Total output of the system is 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. For those who don’t know, the standard 3.5-liter V6 delivers 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The hybrid system also uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. Positioned between the gasoline engine and the next-gen Xtronic CVT the motor also acts as a generator, conveying deceleration force from the CVT to the battery.
Fuel economy delivered by the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is estimated at 26 mpg Combined, an increase of 24 percent over the standard Pathfinder. Estimated City fuel economy is 25 mpg, while Highway mileage is estimated at 27 mpg. Using a 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the Pathfinder Hybrid has an estimated range of more than 526 miles.