Some sacred cows in our industry are directed to the slaughterhouse. Take the concept of life-cycle model. It used to be a “new” model involved a whole new platform wrapped in a new style, do not share much if anything with the old. This concept is dead, and rightly so. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is both the past and the future
We went to Cheltenham, gloucestershire, to drive the Pathfinder under a sun angry. a massive fire, burning a few miles away, raining ash and filtered daylight in a warm glow and orange. This fire has stayed away, but the fire trucks scores rush to the scene throughout our training road reminded us to put things in perspective.
The perspective is important in this crossover. Nissan said it is “one of the most extensive mid-cycle refreshment in the history of the company,” which is PR speak moderate discount. There are three main areas of differentiation from the previous model :. V6 engine revisions, increased towing capacity, and a headlight and rear restyling
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- Since we do not tow it, the Pathfinder revised bill was hypothetical, but significant: an increase 1,000 pounds, 5,000 pounds to 6,000 pounds. Nissan says the increase is due to more available engine power and adding a transmission cooler. A hitch is standard on the Premium trim and optional on others. This is the decent towing capacity for a cross, and Nissan clearly bet he can help keep some buyers with towing needs of body-on-frame SUV.
- Nissan did change many suspension and steering aspects, to little discernible effect. Management is 11 percent faster, making competent, but unremarkable. Even with the stiffer springs and revised shock bounce rate. Nissan says everything improves treatment of 0.5 g and reduces understeer, but do you have a skidpad and a road course? Nobody cares as long as it does well, what it really does. There is a horse plush crossover, comfortable without jolting, which is exactly how it should be.
- Yes, the Pathfinder has a CVT, a transmission type that does not get high marks for sensation or long-term reliability. But Nissan has been in the game long CVT, and the software that controls this unit Xtronic brand is about as good as it gets. It helps that the V6 has a generous amount of power, so in most situations remain low speed and the transmission can do its thing, simulating gear changes at points that are familiar to a traditional automatic owner. Stomp on it and towers just as he scoots away, but things calmed down as soon as you have reached the appointed speed. This is a powertrain that feels natural and competent in this application, with a few missteps.
- And yes, power. The Pathfinder. The revised 3.5-liter V6 now makes 24 more horsepower and 19 lb-ft of torque for a total of 284 hp and 259 lb-ft. This increase in power is due to the addition of direct injection, a revised cylinder bore coating process which replaces cast iron liners, increased compression and revised variable valve timing. Nissan would speak 0-60 mph times, but say this: you no longer need the engine Pathfinder 2017 provides for the highway or in town. Towing a full load could be a different story, but we have not had the opportunity for this.
- Inside, there are new finishes and a slightly revised center console, and nothing else. The new 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system is new to the Pathfinder and a first in a Nissan-badged vehicle, but it is a hand-me-down of certain products Infiniti. It is fine, but the GUI is similar to the outgoing system -. That is to say, as of
- While more squared-off of the 2017 blunt look is more beautiful than the outgoing Pathfinder, if you had never seen either before you would be difficult to discern which replaces the other. The new look only news because it more closely matches the rest of the range of the refreshed brand.
- The price was not disclosed, but Nissan said that the basic model FWD should come in about £ 30,000. This aligns roughly with the existing Pathfinder, so expect prices to change very little.
We suspect Nissan Pathfinder perceived that the former, which from the outside did not attempt to hide the fact he was a crossover with three rows, would not fit in a market who prefers the crosses that look like trucks. With each restyle, competition reinforces this trend :. The new Honda Pilot is a little smoother, but the facelifted 2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Toyota Highlander look more truckish
The power bulge is also nice, to mid-pack Pathfinder – there’s more juice on hand what the Highlander or driver can provide, but two of Explorer engines offer more power. Regardless, it’s going to tow out everyone, including the Chevrolet Traverse soon-to-be-replaced and the new, Downsized GMC Acadia .
If you can get by with less towing capacity, you’re spoiled for choice, so it is difficult for the Nissan stand. But if you want the gentle manners and conservative looks an established player, and you just buy a bigger boat, the Pathfinder is a look