2013 Nissan Pathfinder Official Specs, Images Released


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    2013 Nissan Pathfinder Official Specs, Images Released

    Check out the full gallery and info here

    http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/313...l-specs-images



    Going the way of all of the other dinosaurs and mammoth frame-on-body SUVs, the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder gets a new unibody construction, room for seven, better gas mileage, and softer looks.

    As we reported months ago, the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is built on the same platform as the 2013 Infiniti JX. With it going up against the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, among others in the same class, the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder loses some of its ruggedness and off-road prowess. For broad target demographic, we think Nissan is thinking like we do – soccer moms and suburbia families don’t take their SUV off-road that much.

    By changing the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s platform, engineers were able to achieve better fuel consumption, 20 mpg city and 26 mpg on the front-wheel-drive model. The new Pathfinder shaves off about 500 pounds and gets Nissan’s cash-cow VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 engine, same setup as in the Infiniti JX. The V6 engine is good for 260 horsepower and enough grunt to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

    Basically ‘shooting enthusiasts in the foot’, the new 2013 Pathfinder directs its power through a CVT transmission, also found in the Infiniti JX, to improve gas mileage. An all-wheel-drive system is available slightly diminishing fuel economy to 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway but improving its off-road capability.
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    Although not as luxurious as the Infiniti JX, the 2013 Pathfinder will still get heated and cooled front seats, around-view monitor and Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

    Official pricing has not been confirmed but we suspect a base price around $28,000 to make its way to the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s sticker.

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    Press Release

    500-pound weight reduction from 2012 Pathfinder, aerodynamic design, new powertrain delivers 30 percent fuel economy improvement over last generation
    Best-in-class city, highway and combined fuel economy of 20/26//22 MPG*
    Most interior passenger volume, front headroom and legroom in class**
    Highest standard towing capacity in class**
    On sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this fall

    NEW YORK/DETROIT (Aug. 3, 2012) – Nissan today unleashed the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV, a complete makeover featuring a sleek, aerodynamically styled exterior, a premium interior, class-exclusive user-friendly technology and a new unibody platform and advanced drivetrain that helps it achieve best-in-class fuel economy while maintaining class-lead towing and off-pavement capabilities.The all-new vehicle design sheds 500 pounds of mass compared to the outgoing model yet maintains the Pathfinder’s SUV-ruggedness while delivering up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. With its blend of capability, including class-leading standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, and modern amenities, such as a class-exclusive Around View™ Monitor, the 2013 Pathfinder is the next-generation SUV.”Unveiling our next-generation Pathfinder is a major follow-up to the introduction of the all-new Altima sedan,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With its bold new design, best-in-class fuel economy and family adventure capabilities, our dealers can’t wait to share this new model with customers in their showrooms.”

    The 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved more than 30 percent over that of the 2012 Pathfinder. Both the FWD and 4WD 2013 Pathfinder models lead their segments in fuel economy across the board.

    City, highway and combined average fuel economy numbers are 20 (City), 26 (Highway) and 22 (Combined) mpg for the FWD version and 19 (City), 25 (Highway) and 21 (Combined) mpg for the 4WD version. This significant increase over both the outgoing model’s fuel economy as well as that of the competition was achieved primarily through a new, aerodynamic vehicle design, 500 pounds of weight reduction, reduced engine friction and the application of a class-exclusive, next generation Xtronic CVT®.

    Also playing a significant role in the Pathfinder’s excellent fuel economy is the fact that it is now one of the lightest vehicles in its segment,with the FWD model tipping the scales at a mere 4149 pounds. Even the 4WD Pathfinder weighs only 4290 pounds.

    Nissan teased the new Pathfinder earlier this year, showing a concept exterior design model in January. Today marks the first official look at the production model, which goes on sale nationwide this fall.

    New Chassis Meets Consumer Shift
    Truck-based SUV sales peaked in the mid-2000s and have declined steadily as consumer demands shifted to more refined, fuel efficient crossover SUVs. The 2013 Pathfinder is built with unibody construction, vastly reducing its weight by eliminating the fuel-penalizing mass of a traditional SUV’s truck-based frame. In addition to making the Pathfinder a lighter vehicle, the new unibody chassis design increases Pathfinder’s structural rigidity over the previous model. This improves ride and handling, while reducing overall noise, vibration and harshness, delivering an outstanding mix of responsiveness, refinement and ride comfort. The Pathfinder’s rigid platform is also key to maintaining the trailer-towing capability expected from an SUV – the vehicle has a standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, which is the best standard towing capacity in the segment.**

    “It’s no secret that the industry has shifted as gas prices have increased,” says Al Castignetti. “But while traditional SUV customers are looking for improved fuel economy, they still demand a vehicle that can do all the things they need, like carrying seven people, towing, and providing the surefootedness in all conditions of a four-wheel drive.”

    Weight reduction is one of the key components in Nissan’s drive to improving vehicle performance across the board. The just-introduced all-new Nissan Altima also is the lightest vehicle in its class.

    Bold Design
    Pathfinder’s design conveys modernity while paying homage to the three generations of Pathfinders before it. The new unibody platform provided the designers an opportunity to create a more aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity. In fact, the new Pathfinder has more interior space than the previous model thanks to more efficient packaging.

    Moving upscale in appearance, the new exterior styling presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. The look is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance.

    The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. Pathfinder’s design incorporates front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings to help achieve what is expected to be among the best aerodynamic performances in the segment. Other exterior details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and large rear combination lights.

    A panoramic dual-panel moonroof, with sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows, combines with the large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.

    “With its new aerodynamic shape, the styling is a major step forward in the evolution of the SUV – retaining its people and cargo hauling utility without looking quite so utilitarian,” said Castignetti. “It’s fitting that a vehicle that tackles adventures in a whole new way also now looks the part.”

    Interior
    Pathfinder’s all-new interior design features versatile and comfortable seating as well as premium materials and advanced technology. The vehicle seats seven passengers comfortably, and is best-in-class in terms of front headroom, front leg room and overall passenger volume. Additionally, Pathfinder is now the only vehicle in the segment with a 3rd row seat recline.

    The new Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, located in the center of the instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, features a 4-inch color display that is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver. A separate touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of the available navigation system and other vehicle systems and settings.

    Technology and Innovation
    The all-new Pathfinder also features EZ Flex Seating System™ with LATCH AND GLIDE™. LATCH AND GLIDE™ is an industry first 2nd row tip-up seat for use with a child safety seat, which also provides easy access to the 3rd row while keeping the child seat securely fastened. The 2nd row also features a 60/40 split-fold seating with a segment best 5.5 inches of seat travel. Class-exclusive features include Easy Fill Tire Alert and the segment-first availability of an Around View™ Monitor.

    Other available amenities include leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, programmable Nissan Intelligent Key®, Nissan Navigation System, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 13-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system, Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Dual-Zone Climate Control, RearView Monitor, remote engine start and tri-zone entertainment system.

    New Powertrain
    All 2013 Pathfinders come equipped with an advanced 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine matched with a next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). It is also the only vehicle in class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes for the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations and in four models – S, SV, SL and Platinum.

    Pricing and Additional Details
    Pricing on all models will be announced closer to the fall on-sale date. Additional information is available at https://www.facebook.com/nissanpathfinder and https://twitter.com/nissanpathfindr.

    Manufacturing
    Pathfinder is assembled at Nissan’s Smyrna assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is assembled at the company’s Decherd, Tennessee powertrain plant.
    What does everyone think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrp View Post
    What does everyone think?
    I think it's waaaaay better looking than a JX. It has better fuel economy. It has the latest, greatest CVT. It has real roof rails. It (apparently) has lockable 4 wheel drive instead of intermittent AWD. I would buy one over a JX if the cost was the same. That was some weird marketing by Nissan. Truly weird.

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    Personally I think the JX looks nicer. The Pathfinder still looks good, but not as good.

    It really just comes down to whether you want the more luxurious features and available safety options of the JX. The Pathfinder has some solid available options, but it is missing some of the nicer touches (e.g. Xenon headlamps are not available on any trim).

    The Pathfinder base comes in at $28k MSRP. Prices for the fully loaded models haven’t been released, but my guess would be MSRP of $36-$38k for a fully loaded model.

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    Shares some curves with the highlander.

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    Damn, didn't even notice that it doesn't have Xenon HID. It's hard to believe a car in this price range does not even have it as an option. Also disappointed it doesn't have the auto brake backup feature but I can live without that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Go_Blue View Post
    Personally I think the JX looks nicer. The Pathfinder still looks good, but not as good.

    It really just comes down to whether you want the more luxurious features and available safety options of the JX. The Pathfinder has some solid available options, but it is missing some of the nicer touches (e.g. Xenon headlamps are not available on any trim).

    The Pathfinder base comes in at $28k MSRP. Prices for the fully loaded models haven’t been released, but my guess would be MSRP of $36-$38k for a fully loaded model.

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    Can't compare apples to oranges. It's a alternative for the people that find the Jx to be out of their price range. That sall I see out of it, I would never compare an Audi with a VW or a Lexus with Toyota. One of the reasons people buy luxury cars because it's suppose to be more exclusive and your suppose to turn heads when your driving down the road. you can tell your friends and relative it's like a Jx but cheaper till the cows come home at the end of the day it's sill a Nissan pathfinder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx'ing View Post
    Can't compare apples to oranges. It's a alternative for the people that find the Jx to be out of their price range. That sall I see out of it, I would never compare an Audi with a VW or a Lexus with Toyota. One of the reasons people buy luxury cars because it's suppose to be more exclusive and your suppose to turn heads when your driving down the road. you can tell your friends and relative it's like a Jx but cheaper till the cows come home at the end of the day it's sill a Nissan pathfinder
    No, in this case it's more like MacIntosh apples to Golden Delicious apples. And I already pointed out several Pathfinder items better than a JX. The JX is built on the Murano platform, they didn't come up with new processes to make the identical parts a different way. The JX may have more high tech items, but the rest of the car isn't any better except for more sound insulation and minor details like that.

    Take a look at the page to build a Murano and build a JX. The bumper protector for a Murano, same thing as a JX but shaped differently, is $100. It's $175 for a JX.

    There is such a thing as "more money than brains". I'm just saying that if you don't mind what the badge on the grill looks like, the Pathfinder looks mighty good.

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    I compared teh specs of the two carefully. Teh exterior and interior is almost identical except for the D pillar of the JX. They are obvioosly develped together or share the same body. Even the curb weight is very similar, with the Pathfinder 40 pounds lower. The high tech safety features in the JX are all omitted in the Pathfinder, except for the surroundview. There is no mention of Xenon and LED light, but doen't mean teh Pathfinder don't have them. The Xnotric CVT in the Pathfinder is way better than the troditional CVT in JX, at least in paper. Teh engine is teh same but the fuel efficiency is 10% beter in the Pathfinder, and it can tow 5,000 pounds, and has a real 4WD system.

    Question is, why the JX does not use the Xnotric CVT, it is lighter and more fuel efficient. I don't think the JX will offer it in the next model year, maybe next redeign in 4 years. I think teh reason is realibility, it is new and has not been tested.

    I don't know, the Pathfinder certainly has some advantages that can't be found in the JX, its transmission and 4WD. Will be a deal breaker for the JX in some cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quickswoosh View Post
    Shares some curves with the highlander.
    Yea that's the first thing I noticed.

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