Nissan Pathfinder gets more power, new tech and revised styling for the 2017 model year
Nissan has upgraded its mid-size Nissan Pathfinder SUV for the 2017 model year. Inside, there are new technologies such as new driver information technologies, improved voice control, NissanConnect Smartphone connectivity and satellite navigation. They’ve even made the cupholders mug friendly and added extra USB ports over the 2016 model.
The 360 degree Around View system now has Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a tri-zone climate control system and family entertainment system with screens mounted on the back of the headrests are available on some models. The entertainment screens are now 8 inch, as opposed to the 7 inch screens in the 2016 versions and there are now USB and HDMI inputs.
The cabin has also been furnished with different materials for a refreshed and sophisticated look.
A motion added tailgate, which is activated by a user waving their foot under the newly restyled rear bumper. New driver assistance technology includes: Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Technology available varies on the specification level chosen.
Standard safety equipment includes a suite of airbags, child safety door locks, traction control and stability control.
Exterior changes include new bumpers, a new grille, new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Styling upgrades have improved the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder’s drag coefficient – potentially improving fuel economy.
There are also new alloy wheels – either 18 or 20 inch depending on the grade- available across the range.
Significant revisions have also been made to the 3.5 litre V6 engine, with Nissan claiming that 50 per cent of engine parts are new to Pathfinder and the motor is mated to the third generation of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission.
Finally, Nissan has altered the Pathfinder’s suspension tuning and steering feel to improve drivability.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to arrive in the first half of next year and further information, including pricing and specifications will be announced at a later date.