Following the revelation of the Nissan Pathfinder, the details of the final production versions of the 2013 model are out. The concept of the Pathfinder was released at the 2012 Detroit Motor show and the production model surfaced sometime last week.
The all 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will have a passenger car-like unibody structure from the truck frame of its previous generation. This shift has been done because the truck-based SUV sales have been seeing a steady decline and there is a rise in preference for more fuel efficient and refined crossovers. The new platform is being shared by the Infiniti JX Crossover which has helped reduce the weight of the Pathfinder. The standard towing capacity of the Pathfinder is nearly 2,268kgs.
The cabin comes fully loaded with leather seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, Dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, tri-zone entertainment system along with 13-speaker Bose Premium Audio System and many more such features. In the cabin, the 2013 Pathfinder has space of 7-passengers in 3 rows of seats. These seats are equipped with “EZ Flex Seating System with Latch and Glide”. With this, the car maker brings in the first of its kind 2nd row tip-up seat which can be used with a child safety seat. Check out the video released by Nissan USA that gives a sneak peek at the cabin and the innovative seating and cargo system.
Under the hood, the model will have the 3.5-litre V6 engine that it is shares with the new Infiniti JX and is capable of producing 260bhp. The powertrain is mated to Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). To know what it exactly does and how this nex-gen Xtronic CVT will help the SUV, check out the video below.
The new powertrain will help the 2013 model of the SUV have a better and improved fuel economy, giving a 30% rise in what 2012 was delivering. The Pathfinder will be offered in Front- Wheel Drive option or optional 4-Wheel drive configurations. The 4WD will feature an All-Mode 4x4-I system with selected 2WD, auto or 4WD models.
Commenting on the new Pathfinder, Al Castignetti, general manager of Nissan North America said that while consumers are looking for better fuel economy due to the shifting in gas prices, there is still a need and demand for vehicles that can carry 7 people, provide surefootedness in all conditions of a 4WD.
The price of the all new version of the Nissan Pathfinder will be out soon, closer to its launch in the U.S.A. Still no reports or comments, on whether this mighty Nissan SUV is coming in to India or not…