We figured we would take a short break from the Nissan Z story to introduce the All-New 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Nissan has taken the wraps off its new more luxurious 2013 Pathfinder, revealing its new sleek look that goes along with its boasted 30% better gas mileage.
One notable change in the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is that is now built on a unibody platform as opposed to its past body-on-frame packaging. This body style is a similar platform to that used on the Infiniti JX luxury SUV that’s currently on sale. Though the new unibody will cause the 2013 Pathfinder to lose some of its ruggedness, Nissan states that to them, that’s okay, buyer’s didn’t really want that anyway.
“The majority of our customers just don’t go off road,” says Tom Smith, director of SUV marketing at Nissan. “They’re concerned with gas mileage, all-weather capabilities and having enough space for their families.”
Changing the Pathfinder’s architecture allowed Nissan to shed 500 pounds and achieve 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway in the front-wheel drive model, which weighs in at 4,149 pounds. The all-wheel drive model (which adds 100 pounds) will get 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Powered by Nissan’s 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6, the Pathfinder still has enough muscle to tow 5,000 pounds (last year’s V8 model could tug up to 7,000). It will use Nissan’s next-generation CVT as well, which improves gas mileage through increased ratio spread and lowered internal friction. Available amenities will include heated and cooled seats, Around-View Monitor and Easy-Fill Tire Alert.
Nissan has yet to release the pricing points for the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, but it will be expected to start with a base model around $28,000 when it hits show rooms later this year.
Check out the videos below for a little more on the 2013 Pathfinder.