The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder model is already being tested and it will be released late this year. The images have already appeared online and they hint at a moderate redesign, at least in the exterior.
The noted Japanese origin carmaker has several popular and hot selling models in its kitty, but the Pathfinder has been a favorite since 1985. Positioned between siblings Murano and Patrol, the Pathfinder has received a number of upgrades since its debut.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder – Changes in Exterior Design
The spy shots of upcoming 2018 Nissan Pathfinder indicate some changes in exterior design. The grille will have the iconic V shape but will be revised. The same can be said about bumpers at front and rear of the car. The car is said to be built on the company’s
The car is said to be built on the company’s much-touted D platform. This is going to make the vehicle lightweight and enhance fuel economy. There will be some blending of sharp lines and curvature on side of the body. The new model comes with 4 trims- S, SV, SL and Platinum.
Quality of the Interior
The interior of 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to be sleek and quality of the material is likely to be enhanced. The zero gravity seats are likely to be retained. The seats are good and arrangement flexibility is also there. It will likely get some elements from its luxurious cousin Infiniti series and oodles of soft touch materials are likely to be in the cabin.
The base trim will get cloth trim but buyers of top end platinum trim will get leather upholstery with customization choices. The Pathfinder is among the spacious SUVs Nissan makes and the 2018 model is likely to retain the layout of 2017 version. The third row is not fit for adults but then this is exactly the case with its segment rivals too. The cargo capacity is good and you will also get plenty of storage places including cup and bottle holders inside the cabin. Only the Chevrolet Traverse beats it in cargo space by a margin.
Technology and Safety Features
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is likely to be laden with technology and oodles of safety features will also be included. The NissanConnect infotainment system is expected to get a boost and it will feature full Smartphone integration. However, the base trim may not get it as standard. Support for Bluetooth and USB are there and navigation will be offered in top trim. The infotainment setup can be controlled via an 8-inch touch display unit.
The base S trim comes equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, roof rails and a rearview camera. The SV trim gets leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote engine starting, automatic-off headlights, 12-volt DC power outlets, speed-sensitive wipers. SL trim gets leather upholstery, heated seats, surround-view camera system, stainless steel kick plates etc.
The SV and SL trim can be equipped with a few packages at extra cost. The top end Platinum trim gets ventilated and heated front seats, panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights and Bose audio system. It also gets top safety features like blind spot monitors, rear park assist, surrounds view camera system etc. However, the available features are forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. All trims get safety features like airbags, rear parking sensors. You can also buy the Family Entertainment package.
The manufacturer may introduce a new powertrain in 2018 Nissan Pathfinder but this is not yet confirmed. So, it may also be possible that the 2017 model’s engines are retained with marginal updates. The focus will surely be on fuel economy. The 3.5-liter V-6 unit may be used with a bump in output.
The engine will be mated with Nissan’s continuously variable transmission. The Nissan is also likely to use plenty of noise insulating technology and materials to ensure ride remain quiet. Its towing capacity may be hiked from 6000 pounds.
Pricing and Release Date of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
The company has not said anything on the pricing of the upcoming 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. However, it is expected that base trim should be priced around $31,000. The packages will definitely add to the cost. The model will be unveiled for release in late 2017.
Summing it up
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder comes across as a nice midsized crossover SUV that offers a good blend of features and performance for its segment. The styling changes may not be major but it looks nice nonetheless. The cabin of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is decent and amenities are quite good for its class.
The safety and technology features are fine and same can be said about cargo space. If company does not raise the cost much and tweaks the powertrain well, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is sure to continue its successful run.