The Nissan Pathfinder entered the market in 1986 and is currently only in its third generation (which began in 2005). With seven years under its belt, it’s high time for this SUV to enter the next chapter of its life and Nissan is prepping that with its first concept version unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.
The concept’s exterior will mostly be remained untouched in the production version and includes a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and large rear combination lights.
The new Pathfinder Concept is powered by a refined V6 engine and next-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that ensure a fuel economy increase of over 25%.
"Nissan is in a great position today. Sales are up, market share is increasing and our dealers have a great selection of 2012 Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs in inventory," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "This new Pathfinder Concept is just the beginning of a far-reaching wave of new products on the horizon for Nissan. By the end of 2012, more than 70 percent of our sales volume will be all-new or redesigned."
UPDATE 02/08/12: A full month after the Pathfinder Concept’s unveiling, Nissan is offering new details on the preview SUV’s interior features. It seems that the concept, and the future production version, will be offered with leather upholstery, heated / cooled front seats, a power tilt / telescoping steering wheel, and a Bose audio system. There’s also a push-button ignition, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, GPS navigation, and a rear seat entertainment system. As a bonus to this news, Nissan is also offering new images and a new video showing the concept during cold weather testing.