The all-new Nissan Pathfinder Concept car has been shown in New York ahead of its official launch
4 April 2012

Nissan has presented its 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV at today's New York motor show. The production model is not, however, destined for the UK. Instead, UK buyers will continue to be offered today’s Pathfinder.

The new fourth-generation Pathfinder puts a much greater emphasis on styling this time around, featuring a more aerodynamic body with a lower belt line, muscular wheel arches and a much more recognizable front-end.

The new three-row, seven-seat Pathfinder features an all-new unibody platform, which is claimed to offer much greater flexibility in interior packaging. The platform has allowed for the more aerodynamic styling without compromising on interior space, headroom or boot capacity, Nissan claims. Perceived interior space is also improved with a large panoramic roof.

The new platform will make the imminent next-generation Pathfinder weigh considerably less than the current body-on-frame design. This in turn will greatly improve fuel economy by as much as 25 per cent, which Nissan says is at the request of current Pathfinder owners.

The production Pathfinder will likely be powered by a 261bhp/248lb ft 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine mated to a new CVT gearbox. There’s also a new four-wheel drive system that Nissan claims allows the Pathfinder to beat allcomers for towing ability.

Full details on the new Pathfinder production car will be released in the summer before the all-new model reaches US dealers in the autumn.

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9 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The all-new Nissan Pathfinder Concept car has been seen at the Detroit motor show ahead of its official launch tomorrow. The Japanese firm has previously pledged to turn the car into a sleeker, more aerodynamic SUV for its fourth-generation, which will reach US showrooms by the autumn.

The images reveal a sleeker design for the new model, with a gently sloping roofline, sculpted sides and a low belt line. There’s also a much more distinctive front-end design, with a new front grille, bump...Read the full article[/quote] Are you sure this isn't the new SAB SUV?

9 January 2012

No word on engine line up then yet? Hopefully they ditch the rather rowdy 2.5L 4 Cylinder they currently use in the pathfinder for a much more refined V6DCi unit, might actually be alright to, no doubt if its half decent and priced well it will lure a few people away from their Land Cruisers..at least in NZ.

9 January 2012

I know this is probably more aero dynamic and has better pedestrian impact credentials than the current model but the current Pathfinder is almost Defenderesque in it's classic, timeless boxy lines.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 January 2012

Can't believe it's not coming to the UK, it would have been a massive hit, only competition out there are the moment is the XC90, Q7, Discovery, Shogan and these are either long in the tooth or too pricey or too heavy. I would have been very keen to test drive one, but only if the 2.5 DCi had been replaced completely.

9 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]I know this is probably more aero dynamic and has better pedestrian impact credentials than the current model but the current Pathfinder is almost Defenderesque in it's classic, timeless boxy lines.[/quote]

I agree. The current model's boxy looks still looks contemporary, but also had that in-your-face, beligerent proper 4x4 presence which this new model doesn't seem to have, what with all its curves in order to make it look more athletic and socially acceptable. In a word, disappointing.

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