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The next-generation Nissan Pathfinder will be built on a car-based unibody setup, but the Japanese automaker wants to ensure that its off-road performance is still ruggedly good.
In full testing camouflage, Nissan took its 2013 Pathfinder Concept on a road trip to make sure it could endure over 1,500 miles of extreme cold weather testing. The upcoming SUV went from Colorado to Alaska and traveled through blizzards, snow, and mud.
But clearly Nissan has a new vision with their revamped Pathfinder, highlighting how family-friendly the vehicle is in its video, even showing off the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle with child seats installed. Of course not many people buying the three-row Pathfinder will go traveling through snow storms, but it’s nice to know that the Pathfinder hasn’t lost its true heritage when its rugged body-on-frame construction went out the window.
Watch the video of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept going cold weather testing after the break.
Nissan debuted its 2013 Pathfinder Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show but didn’t disclose what would be powering the crossover – apart from the fact it would be a V6 engine. Motor Trend is now reporting that the 2013 Pathfinder will be powered by a 3.5L V6, perhaps identical to what the new JX35 will have.
The JX35 features a 3.5L V6 with 265-hp, 248 lb-ft of torque and we could expect the Pathfinder to have similar if not identical specifications under the hood. Fuel economy for the new Pathfinder will be a big improvement, with Nissan claiming that thanks to significant weight reduction, as well as the use of a new CVT transmission, we should expect gains of up to 25 percent.
What is more interesting though is that Nissan also told Motor Trend that it plans to unveil a second, completely new vehicle at the upcoming New York International Auto Show in April. Nissan stated that no outsider has ever seen this vehicle.
GALLERY: Nissan Pathfinder Concept
See AutoGuide’s First Look video of the 2013 Pathfinder Concept below:
Nissan introduced its new Pathfinder Concept SUV at the Detroit Auto Show today. Boasting an all-new design, Nissan looks to provide more passenger comfort, innovative technology, and fuel-efficient performance when production versions hit the showroom this coming fall.
The next Pathfinder promises an aerodynamic body combined with a more efficient V6 engine as well as the latest CVT transmission to make it one of the most fuel efficient 7-passenger vehicles available. Figures are expected to reach a 25 percent increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy while an intelligent four-wheel-drive drivetrain will also give the new Pathfinder towing capacity that is competitive with the segment leaders.
Al Castignetti, the vice president and general manager of Nissan North America said, “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. This new Pathfinder Concept is just the beginning of a far-reaching wave of new products on the horizon for Nissan.”
Castignetti also added, “By the end of 2012, more than 70 percent of our sales volume will be all-new or redesigned.”
GALLERY: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept
GALLERY: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept
Nissan‘s all-new Pathfinder Concept is set to debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show on January 9th and the Japanese automaker has just teased us with two real short video clips highlighting the new SUV’s front and back.
The videos are complete teasers, but it clearly showcases the Pathfinder’s traditional SUV hallmarks that have been renovated for the new platform, complete with a dramatic new aerodynamic design.
Nissan continued to brag about the upcoming Pathfinder Concept’s features, which include “thoughtful” technology, seating for seven, and plenty of cargo room. The four-wheel-drive Pathfinder Concept previews the upcoming next-generation production Pathfinder that is set to go on sale next fall.
Check out the two short videos after the break.
GALLERY: Nissan Pathfinder Concept Teasers
The 2013 Pathfinder will take all of its predecessors’ traditional SUV hallmarks and merge them into a new platform and “dramatic new aerodynamic body” according to Nissan. It will offer seating for seven, plenty of cargo room and thoughtful technology throughout the vehicle. The all-new Pathfinder is scheduled to go on sale in Fall of 2012, and the four-wheel-drive Pathfinder Concept is a preview to what the next-generation production Pathfinder will be like.
For now, all we have is a teaser to stare at which clearly shows quite a bit of curves and sleek lines on the Pathfinder Concept – let’s just hope Nissan didn’t take too much from the Juke’s styling manual with the new Pathfinder.