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New Nissan Pathfinder opens new Dallas park

Iconic utility takes evolutionary approach to Nissan design language

Published: July 7, 2016, 10:05 PM
Updated: August 2, 2016, 6:00 PM

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan has used the special occasion of its sponsoring Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, Texas to show the world a new Pathfinder.

One of Nissan’s most enduring and endearing nameplates, Pathfinder features an aggressive new styling direction that keeps the hallmarks of Nissan design, increased power and towing capabilities for its V-6, and advanced arrays of driving aids and safety features.

“The new Nissan Pathfinder takes the iconic nameplate to an even higher level of performance, technology and style,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan and chairman of Nissan North America, Inc. “The Pathfinder is the perfect vehicle for connecting urban and off-road adventures, just as the Klyde Warren Park is a connection between Downtown and Uptown Dallas.”

2017 Nissan Pathfinder V-6 engine

The new look is an evolution, with a new take on the signature Nissan “V-Motion” grille and boomerang headlights (that integrate LED running lights). Other enhancements include new front and rear bumpers, new fog lights and taillights, new side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and new 18-inch and 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Power now comes from a new direct injected 3.5-litre V-6 that features 56% new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components, including new pistons, intake manifold and combustion chamber design. The changes boost horsepower to 284 (up from 260) and torque to 259 lb-ft (up from 240), resulting in towing capacity of 2,722 kg (6,000 lbs) when properly equipped — an increase of 454 kg.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior

Comfort and convenience features include a motion activated hatch door that also remembers what height to open to, emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, around-view monitor for parking assistance (with a new moving object detection system), and an increased level of connectivity (with the availability of remote engine starting through a mobile app).

The new 2017 Pathfinder goes on sale in fall 2016.