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Like Mariah Carey’s ancestry, modern crossover vehicles have unusual roots. The award-winning American singer’s family tree is more varied than the flora of a rainforest understory. Her unique blend of nationalities includes African, Venezuelan and Irish. That’s more ingredients than Belorussian variety sausage. Who’s hungry for some lean, finely textured opossum?
The latest commercial from the company previews the new models, but without much detail. You can see from the picture that not much more than general shape and stance can be learned from watching the ad.
The five vehicles covered up are meant to be a mystery, but we have a solid idea of what each one is. On the far left is probably the upcoming hatchback version of the Nissan Versa beside what appears to be the new Nissan Pathfinder, which we just saw at the New York Auto Show last week.
In the middle it looks like the new Altima, which was also revealed last week. To its right, it must be the updated Nissan Rogue, as that mystery vehicle is sitting high but still sports a small body. Lastly, on the far right is probably the new Nissan Sentra, as it has the same nose styling as the Altima, and is the only other Nissan car that would sensibly adopt the sedans styling.
We think we know what they all are, but we may be surprised when details finally emerge on Nissan’s new car lineup.
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 has released information about its new Pathfinder Concept today, as well as the new technology thats going to help make it a more comfortable SUV for the whole family.
While the Pathfinder also features a new exterior, which works with a new CVT to provide better fuel economy, Nissan also shows us a few new features designed to upgrade the cars comfort. Drivers will certainly enjoy the heated and cooled front seats, as well as the heated steering wheel. Passengers should appreciate features like the heated second row seating, and the tri-zone climate control. Its also worth mentioning the advanced Bose speaker system that has 13 speakers.
The Pathfinder concept features a large multifunction display which provides the driver with real-time traffic and weather information. Also making an appearance is Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which gives the driver a full 360-degree image of the area around the car.
One last innovative feature is the second row’s “child-seat mode” which allows the row to move forward while a child seat stays in place, so a passenger can get into the third row.
GALLERY: 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.
Owners of Nissan’s 2005-2010 Pathfinders, Frontiers and Xteras are experiencing failures to their automatic transmissions because radiator coolant is leaking into the system. The radiator cooler tanks are rupturing, which forces the coolant into the transmission through the transmission cooler lines. Nissan has offered an extended warranty for the radiators, but the coverage only applies to vehicles with fewer than 80,000 miles.
Owners are upset that Nissan didn’t notify them about the radiator problem. “The issue here is that Nissan knew that they had a faulty radiator and instead of recalling the radiator they extended the warranty knowing that the majority of the cars would surpass 80,000 miles before they started having problems with the transmission,” wrote Eva Saldivar of Porterville, California, in her complaint to the Center for Auto Safety. Her 2005 Pathfinder had 115,000 miles when she had to pay about $6,000 for repairs. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has at least 200 complaints regarding this transmission issue and the Center for Auto Safety has around 50 complaints.
In October, Nissan extended the warranty on the radiators of 2005-2010 Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from three years or 36,000 miles to eight years or 80,000 miles. Nissan said only “a small percentage” of vehicles might experience the coolant-leak problem, which it blames on “an internal crack on the oil cooler tube”.
Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety said an investigation is warranted because owners are reporting safety-related problems, like rapid slowing or the inability to safely cross an intersection.
No official investigation or recall has been announced.
[Source: New York Times]