An all-new Nissan Pathfinder will go on sale in Australia in 2022. It will have many technology enhancements, an all-new nine-speed transmission, and a customisable seating configuration with either eight seats or second-row captain’s chairs.

The larger frontal design of the Pathfinder is intended to give it a rugged look. It has a V-motion grille with a three-slot grille incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder. Standard LED headlights include slim upper daytime running lights, and the C-pillar has a structural SUV look that allows the use of two-tone paint – a first for Pathfinder.

A total of 11 colour combinations will be offered, including four new two-tone treatments carefully designed to integrate into the overall design. New two-tone Scarlet Ember with Super Black Metallic brings a high-energy feel and is similar to the iconic red colour of the original Pathfinder.

The new Pathfinder has a 3.5-litre direct injection V6 engine, matched with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

All Pathfinder 4WD drive models feature Nissan’s all-new Intelligent 4WD with seven-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system has direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster.

Nissan’s second-row EZ FLEX one-touch seating can now be utilised on both the driver and passenger sides, and the seat pitches farther forward to provide a wider opening from driver or passenger side – even with a car seat attached – allowing easier entry/exit to and from the third row.

The 60/40 split-folding 3rd-row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and/or cargo.

The infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging pad, Bose Premium Audio with 13 speakers.

A digital Intelligent Around View Monitor has higher resolution and a wider image viewing angle than the previous analog model.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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