This SUV has been losing its path lately and the 2022 model could bring the much-needed boost to its sales

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Nissan recently revealed that it will be debuting the Frontier pickup truck and the Pathfinder SUV on February 4, 2021. Both these vehicles will be entirely new and not mere refreshes. Both these vehicles are expected to follow the design philosophies of their ‘bigger’ siblings, the Titan and the Armada. The Pathfinder will come with a plethora of changes inside out, and perhaps a new off-road trim, too.

Update 2-4-2020 The new, 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has finally be revealed. We’ll be updating this review in the coming days, but until then, you can check it out and learn all you need to know in our feature debut article!

Exterior Design


If Nissan decides to get bold with the design, we could see the Pathfinder ditch the V-motion grille. We’re almost certain of that happening in the case of the Frontier, but not so much here. A new bumper, with sharper cuts and creases, and redesigned fog lamp housing could be in the reckoning.

On the side, the wheel arches could be more pronounced to give an aggressive vibe. If at all a PRO-4X-esque off-trim is coming, then you can expect black plastic cladding, too. New wheel designs are also a given. While I’m not a bling fan personally, chrome overdose on the top trim could be a possibility.

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The teaser has revealed that the ‘Pathfinder’ lettering at the rear will run across the tailgate, just like the Armada. Redesigned tail lamps are also a sure thing.

The current Pathfinder has been in the market for the last seven years and it came out looking meeker than the model it replaced. So, Nissan could go back to the roots and offer a butch, brawnier stance for the 2022 model.

An increase in the towing capacity looks unlikely, since 6,000 pounds isn’t too bad for a mid-size SUV. The company offers nine exterior colors, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if a couple of new shades are offered this time around.

Interior Design

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There’s no doubt that Nissan will offer a new layout inside the 2022 Pathfinder’s cabin.

We could see new themes, upholstery options, more storage space, and redesigned instrument cluster, among other things. The trims come with an eight-inch touchscreen system. The base and lower trims could continue to offer the same size, but if Nissan wants to make the top-spec models look more premium, we could have a nine-inch touchscreen here. It seems unlikely, however.

The company has upped the ante in almost every new iteration of a product when it comes to safety. So, we are quite sure new safety, security, and driver-assistance features could be offered as part of the standard suite as well as more optional features.

Drivetrain

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Nissan offers just one engine on the Pathfinder currently – a 3.5-liter, V-6 gasoline engine. We don’t expect a new option offered, but it could be tweaked in all likelihood to make a few extra horses and torque. Or, perhaps, just new components that make it smoother and more fuel-efficient. Currently, the mill makes 284 horses and 259 pound-feet of torque.

The engine can be had in a two-wheel- or a four-wheel-drive configuration. Power is sent to the wheels via a CVT. CVTs are smooth gearboxes, but they can’t fulfill your adrenaline rush. Now, this is more wishful thinking than speculation, but I’d like to see Nissan offer a new transmission so the Pathfinder can be considered by enthusiasts as well.

Pricing

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will see a slight increase in terms of pricing when compared to the existing models. The two-wheel-drive models of the 2020 Pathfinder are priced as follows:

- * S – $31,980
- * SV - $34,770
- * SV Rock Creek Edition – $35,765
- * SL – $38,390
- * SL Rock Creek Edition – $39,385
- * Platinum – $43,220

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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