Images of the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder aren’t exactly stop-the-presses news, as we’ve previously shown you both spy photos
and the reveal of the 2013 Pathfinder
concept at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Since then, the Pathfinder concept
has been making the rounds at auto shows worldwide, as Nissan hopes to build interest in its iconic SUV before the upcoming fall launch.
Images of the production version are newsworthy, however, and that’s what Nissan recently posted to its Facebook page. At first glance, we’d have to say that the production version looks visually identical to the concept, which (in this case) isn’t a bad thing.
Like the new Ford Explorer
, the upcoming Nissan Pathfinder
abandons its body-on-frame roots for unibody construction. Since most Pathfinders spend the bulk of their time on paved roads, it makes sense for Nissan to optimize ride quality for on-road comfort, even if it does slightly reduce off-road capability.
Look for the new Pathfinder to be powered by a 3.5-liter or 3.7-liter V-6 engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Nissan isn’t releasing details on power or fuel economy just yet, but it does expect the new Pathfinder to be 25-percent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.
Like its upscale cousin, the Infiniti JX
, the new Pathfinder will feature seating for seven and what Nissan refers to as a “full size interior.” It will be built on Nissan’s FF-L platform, which is shared with a variety of vehicles ranging from the Infiniti JX to the new Nissan Altima.