All-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder ramps up the style and tones down the fuel figures

2013 Nissan Pathfinder At-a-Glance:

  • 500-pound weight reduction from 2012 Pathfinder, aerodynamic design, new powertrain delivers 26 per cent fuel economy improvement over last generation
  • Best-in-class city, highway and combined fuel economy of 10.5/7.7/9.3 l/100km
  • Most interior passenger volume, front headroom and legroom in class, according to Nissan
  • Highest standard towing capacity in class
  • On sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this fall

Nissan today unleashed the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV, a complete makeover featuring a sleek, aerodynamically styled exterior, a premium interior, class-exclusive user-friendly technology and a new unibody platform and advanced drivetrain that helps it achieve best-in-class fuel economy while maintaining class-lead towing and off-pavement capabilities.

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Weight-reduction: 500 pounds gone

The all-new vehicle design sheds 500 pounds of mass compared to the outgoing model yet maintains the Pathfinder’s SUV-ruggedness while delivering up to 7.7l/100km on the highway.  With its blend of capability, including class-leading standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, and modern amenities, such as a class-exclusive Around View™ Monitor, the 2013 Pathfinder is the next-generation SUV.

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Fuel economy

The 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved more than 26 per cent over that of the 2012 Pathfinder.  Both the FWD and 4WD 2013 Pathfinder models lead their segments in fuel economy across the board.

City, highway and combined average fuel economy numbers are 10.8 (City), 7.9(Highway) and 9.5 (Combined) l/100km for the 4WD version, and 10.5 (City), 7.7 (Highway) and 9.3 (Combined) l/100km for the 2WD version.  This significant increase over both the outgoing model’s fuel economy as well as that of the competition was achieved primarily through a new, aerodynamic vehicle design, 500 pounds of weight reduction, reduced engine friction and the application of a class-exclusive, next generation Xtronic CVT®.

Also playing a significant role in the Pathfinder’s excellent fuel economy is the fact that it is now one of the lightest vehicles in its segment, with the FWD model tipping the scales at a mere 4185 pounds.  Even the 4WD Pathfinder weighs only 4326 pounds.

Nissan teased the new Pathfinder earlier this year, showing a concept exterior design model in January.  Today marks the first official look at the production model, which goes on sale nationwide this fall.

New Chassis Meets Consumer Shift

Truck-based SUV sales peaked in the mid-2000s and have declined steadily as consumer demands shifted to more refined, fuel efficient crossover SUVs.  The 2013 Pathfinder is built with unibody construction, vastly reducing its weight by eliminating the fuel-penalizing mass of a traditional SUV’s truck-based frame.  In addition to making the Pathfinder a lighter vehicle, the new unibody chassis design increases Pathfinder’s structural rigidity over the previous model.  This improves ride and handling, while reducing overall noise, vibration and harshness, delivering an outstanding mix of responsiveness, refinement and ride comfort.  The Pathfinder’s rigid platform is also key to maintaining the trailer-towing capability expected from an SUV – the vehicle has a standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, which is the best standard towing capacity in the segment, according to Nissan.

Weight reduction is one of the key components in Nissan’s drive to improving vehicle performance across the board.  The just-introduced all-new Nissan Altima also is the lightest vehicle in its class.

Design

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Pathfinder’s design conveys modernity while paying homage to the three generations of Pathfinders before it.  The new unibody platform provided the designers an opportunity to create a more aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity.  In fact, the new Pathfinder has more interior space than the previous model thanks to more efficient packaging.

Moving upscale in appearance, the new exterior styling presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength.  The look is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance.

The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body.  Pathfinder’s design incorporates front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings to help achieve what is expected to be among the best aerodynamic performances in the segment.  Other exterior details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and large rear combination lights.

A panoramic dual-panel moonroof, with sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows, combines with the large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.

Interior

Pathfinder’s all-new interior design features versatile and comfortable seating as well as premium materials and advanced technology.  The vehicle seats seven passengers comfortably, and is best-in-class in terms of front headroom, front leg room and overall passenger volume.  Additionally, Pathfinder is now the only vehicle in the segment with a 3rd row seat recline.

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The new Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, located in the center of the instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, features a 4-inch colour display that is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver.  A separate touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of the available navigation system and other vehicle systems and settings.

Under the hood: New Powertrain

All 2013 Pathfinders come equipped with an advanced 260-horsepower 3.5-litre DOHC V6 engine matched with a next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).  It is also the only vehicle in class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes for the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations and in four models – S, SV, SL and Platinum.

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