Nissan Canada has announced that pricing for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid will start at $39,248.
The Hybrid, which is a new addition to the Pathfinder line for 2014, will go on sale across Canada in December.
At its heart is a supercharged 2.5-litre gasoline engine paired with an electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The Li-ion battery fits under the 3rd row seat so as not to compromise passenger seating capacity, 2nd or 3rd row legroom or cargo space.
The hybrid system uses an intelligent dual clutch system (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that manages power from both the electric motor and the internal-combustion (IC) gasoline engine.
The hybrid system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – compared to the 3.5-litre V-6's ratings of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
Regenerative braking automatically recharges the battery during braking by converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy, otherwise lost in braking, to electricity.
Like the conventional Pathfinder models, the Hybrid offers selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes from the available All-Mode 4x4-i system.
Standard towing rating is 1,580 kg (3,500) when suitably equipped.
With the Pathfinder Hybrid’s 73-litre fuel tank, the same as 3.5-litre V-6-equipped models, driving range is estimated at more than 1,000 kilometres.
Visually the Pathfinder Hybrid is distinguished by LED taillights and Nissan PUREDRIVE Hybrid badges. Inside, special hybrid system information screens can show power output readings from the electric motor and gasoline engine, along with how much power is being regenerated back into the battery.
The Pathfinder SV 4WD Hybrid's $39,248 starting price is $4000 more than that of the comparable SV 4WD 3.5-litre V-6 model. The up-level Pathfinder Platinum (with Premium Package) 4WD Hybrid model is priced at $49,198 (all prices plus a $1560 Freight & PDE charge).