New pictures of the completely redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
Today Nissan sent its followers on Facebook photographs of the 2013 Pathfinder. Nissan had teased fans recently with an on-line video, but the vehicle was cloaked in darkness. These new pictures reveal a fantastic new look and the design gives away a lot about the mechanicals buyers are likely to see.
Moving From Rough and Tough to Crossover Cool
The current Pathfinder has been built upon the Nissan Titan frame. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does come with compromises. Body on frame vehicles always suffer in the handling department. On the other hand, they are much more capable when towing. They are also typically more off-road ready, but who are we kidding? How many Pathfinder owners actually use it to find a path? From these pictures any car enthusiast can see that the new Pathfinder will share the Infiniti JX crossover structure. That means more third row seating area, and superior handling compared to last year’s model.
The Pathfinder is sure to use Nissan’s corporate V6. The engine is tried and true. Some think it a bit noisy, but Nissan will likely insulate all the angry sounds out. Sadly, the drivetrain will almost certainly use the constantly variable transmission from the Nissan/Infiniti parts bin. As CVTs go this may be the best in the world. However, that is not saying it sounds good or feels good when driven. It does save fuel (a smidgeon) so it is not all bad news.