Nissan’s adventure-ready family SUV, the fifth-generation Pathfinder, has returned to its go-anywhere roots, introducing a bold, fresh design, major engineering upgrades and a host of new safety and convenience features.
While the Pathfinder’s overall length has been reduced, its stance has been widened and its height increased slightly to provide more interior headroom, legroom and hip room.The clean new design has also slimmed the pillars and delivered a more muscular appearance with flared wheel arches, an integrated rear spoiler, door-mounted side mirrors and a shark-fin aerial.
There are seven colours are available, with four eye-catching two-tone options on Ti and Ti-L models. These include Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Scarlet Ember, Ivory Pearl, Glacier White and Deep Ocean Blue Pearl.
Two-tone paint for the “floating roof” design is available for the first time on Pathfinder, with new design 18-inch alloys rising in size to 20-inch on the Ti-L. For the ultimate in street appeal, the Pathfinder’s two-tone paint options include Ivory Pearl, Scarlett Ember, Boulder Gray and Gun Metallic, all of which are paired with a striking Pearl Black roof.
The direct-injection 3.5 litre V6 (202kW @ 6400rpm and 340Nm @ 4800rpm) is now paired with a lighter, nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous Xtronic CVT. Fuel use is 10.0L/100km on the combined cycle in 2WD models, and 10.5L/100km for 4WD models. C02 emissions are 234g/km and 245g/km respectively.**
The new gearbox, which features shift-by-wire technology, delivers more direct response and better performance, whether from a standing start, during overtaking, or in off-road situations.
The all-new transmission also features a wider gear ratio spread to ensure you’re in the right gear at the right time, as well as improving fuel economy and driving comfort. And for more control, the driver can take over shifting via the paddles on the steering wheel.
Pathfinder‘s long-standing appeal to families, with its seven- or eight-person seating capacity, is further enhanced with this new generation.
The dimensions have grown in every way that matters, now measuring 1978mm (+15mm) in width, 1798mm (+5mm) in height and 5004mm (-38mm) in length, and with a wheelbase that measures 2900mm. The result is more space inside, with headroom improved by 32mm, legroom by 54mm and hip room by 40mm.
Cargo room remains a strong point, with the new Pathfinder delivering 205 litres of usable space with the second and third rows of seating in place, 554 litres with the third row folded flat, and a considerable 782 litres with both the second and the third rows folded flat.
New wide-opening doors (now 85 degrees), a new Rear Door Intelligent Key which allows any door to unlock with just a touch, and the ability to fit three child seats across the second row all contribute to the Pathfinder being one of the most family friendly vehicles available in Australia.
Features such as high-capacity roof-mounted vents provide more airflow through to rear passengers, window shades are integrated into the rear doors on the Ti version, privacy glass is standard on ST-L upwards, and the rear seat climate control switches for the tri-zone air conditioning are now larger and easier to use.
Access to the rear-most row of seats is made even easier through Nissan‘s push-button EZ Flex latch-and-glide seating system – even with a child‘s seat attached — with the one-touch buttons located on both the driver and passenger side for added convenience. The innovative EZ Flex system sees the second-row seats conveniently tip forward to provide easy access to the third row for simple loading and unloading.
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