Remember the Nissan Pathfinder SUV? Well, there’s a new one…
Nissan has revealed its new Pathfinder in the United States, showing off the big SUV alongside the latest Frontier.
The Pathfinder name, of course, is a familiar one to South Africans, though hasn’t been offered locally since 2015. Later in 2021, though, Nissan SA plans to launch the Navara-based (body-on-frame) Terra to finally fill that gap. If South Africa catches a cold Zimbabwe will sneeze therefore we are likely to get the new Pathfinder too
So, what about the fifth-generation Pathfinder just revealed for North America? Well, the Japanese firm says it’s “all-new from the ground up”, but unlike the Terra it is unibody in construction. As with the recently unveiled Frontier, the newcomer draws its urge from a 3,5-litre V6 petrol engine, though here it has been detuned slightly to 212 kW and 351 N.m.
Drive is delivered via a nine-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive variants feature a seven-position drive and terrain mode selector. Nissan says the AWD system employs direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure.
A new dual-pinion electric power steering system has been added, while suspension is taken care of by a front strut and rear independent multi-link design with front and rear stabilizer bars. Disc brakes are fitted all round, while towing capacity is rated at up to 2 722 kg, with trailer sway control standard.
Inside, Nissan says you’ll find “refined new materials” as well as a 12,3-inch digital dashboard and 10,8-inch head-up display (depending on the trim level, of course). There’s also a nine-inch touchscreen display (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) sited in the centre of the facia.
The Pathfinder comes standard with eight seats, though second-row captain’s chairs (with a “no-tools-required” removable centre console) are optional.