It’s makeover time for the Pathfinder.
Nissan unveiled the new 2017 Pathfinder on Thursday. The automaker’s given it some upgrades including new styling tweaks, a more powerful engine, plus new safety and convenience features.
Is it an earth-shattering redesign, like what we saw with the new Maxima? No. But the Pathfinder was definitely due for an mid-cycle update. Nissan knew it really needed to do something to keep up with the competition, that being the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.
As far as looks go, Nissan’s spruced up the design a bit to make it more in line with the new Maxima and Murano. The front fascia gets pulled back and smoothed out in the Nissan’s signature “boomerang-shaped” lights and “V-motion” grille.
It gets new headlights, taillights, a more aggressive bumper and new wheels, too. Side mirrors now come standard with integrated turn indicator lights.
Oh and by the way, the new grille is also designed to improve cooling. The front end spoiler further helps by moving air downward. The total effect of the new styling reflects in a drag coefficient reduction to 0.326 compared to last years 0.34.
The newly styled hood roofs a 3.5-liter V6. Nissan says it’s made with over 50 percent new engine components.
It delivers 284-horsepower compared to the last year’s 260. Torque jumps from 240 to 359 pound-feet. Towing capacity goes up 1,000 pounds for a new high of 6,000 pounds.
The new engine uses Nissan’s third-generation Xtronic transmission that uses D-Step Logic Control to simulate shifting for an improved acceleration feel. Despite the improved power, Nissan says it delivers the same fuel economy. The model gets an estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with 2WD models.
There aren’t any big changes inside. Nissan focused more on new technology instead of new styling. There are now two USB ports instead of one. The cupholders are bigger and there’s now a light in the glove compartment. Advanced Drive-Assist Display now comes standard.
The Pathfinder also offers Motion-Activated liftgate. A simple wave of the foot beneath the tail activates the feature. This convenience feature will definitely start popping up in your local parking lots as it comes standard on the SL and Platinum trims.
Available safety technologies include Forward Emergency Bracing, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Moving Object Detection with Around View Monitor.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder goes on sale late this year.