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Nissan Pathfinder 2021.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.

The last update of the Nissan Pathfinder dates back to 2013, when the frame SUV finally became an urban crossover.

The transition to the use of a monocoque body and independent suspension significantly improved the car’s handling and added comfort to passengers, but had a negative impact on off-road qualities.

However, the «fourth Pathfinder» retained its dimensions and brutal exterior, and now it is being replaced by a seriously revised version of the fifth generation of the 2021 model year.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.


Active tests of the Nissan Pathfinder 2021 model in a new body began at the end of last year, but a completely camouflaged car, caught then in the lenses of spy cameras, could not give any information about the upcoming changes.

Experts still agree that the Pathfinder will technically change minimally, retaining the current architecture, and engines, and a variator with an all-wheel drive system.

It will continue to be based on the FF-L «bogie» from Nissan Murano with MacPherson struts and a multi-link, and only the «intelligent» ALL-MODE 4 × 4-i transmission, possibly due to the change of the «box», will receive an upgraded version , the operation of which will be based on the same three basic modes: 2WD, 4WD and Auto.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.


The main expected exterior change for the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is the signature V-motion grille, which should be noticeably larger, as the Japanese did on the latest Altima.

The front optics should «move» higher, and the headlights themselves are likely to receive a two-story filling due to the use of a plastic horizontal divider.

The body itself promises to be more streamlined, although photographs of the camouflaged SUV clearly show the overlays straightening it.

At the rear, the taillights will become wider and thinner, but the rear glazing can give a real surprise, since its shape and size, unlike the side windows, are carefully hidden.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.


It will be possible to look inside the updated Japanese crossover only after the release of the official teasers, so it remains to assume that the interior will have better finishing materials, and the ergonomics of the cabin will be seriously revised in order to increase the interior space.

The Pathfinder remains a seven-seat crossover, and this imposes certain obligations on designers, including creating equally comfortable passenger seats.

Hence, in addition to the long-announced new digital virtual «dashboard» and a large central touchscreen on the front console, we should expect the appearance of a 3-zone «climate» and several additional USB ports in the cabin.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.

Technical stuffing

The base engine for the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder should remain a V-shaped gasoline engine with 6 cylinders and a 24-valve DOHC timing belt. This 3.5-liter powerplant in the fourth generation car produced 263 hp. from. (in Russian specifications — 249 hp) power and 324 Nm of torque. A hybrid is sure to be another affordable option.

Its characteristics should exceed those offered by the previous hybrid engine — a 234-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo engine, working in conjunction with a 15-kilowatt electric motor (+20 hp).

For example, the Japanese can give a new installation a purely electric mode of operation, along the way by installing a more capacious lithium-ion battery.

As for the transmission, the Xtronic CVT previously used on the Pathfinder can give way to a full-fledged «automatic».

Insiders report that the manufacturer is developing a completely new 9-speed «box», and if the debut of the fifth generation car is postponed to the end of the year, the new automatic transmission will have time to finish.

Nissan Pathfinder 2021.

Will he return to Russia?

The new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is set to debut in 2020, following the lifting of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

There is a possibility that the model will return to Russia after 3 years and begin to be officially sold in dealerships, since such a return is already planned by the Japanese, at least with the Sentra model.

Options and prices

The trim levels and prices for the fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder 2021 will be announced later, but due to the new exterior, it will be necessary to focus on the «top» model of the previous generation, which cost 3 million rubles (maximum configuration with a V6 3.5 engine).

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