When the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was shown at the Detroit auto show, it was a concept car that lacked an interior. Now Nissan has shown off the inside of its new three-row SUV, which features a stylish new interior, a wide array of new technologies, and a more spacious third row of seats. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will reach dealerships this fall.
The new Nissan Pathfinder is said to offer "an unprecedented level of premium style, comfort and thoughtful technology." Because the seven-passenger SUV returns to unibody construction in its fourth generation, the interior can become roomier and the floor is flat, allowing plenty of space for all three rows of seats.
"As families spend more time in their SUVs everyday as well as on weekends, the next-gen Pathfinder is stepping up with enhanced comfort, innovative technology, increased fuel efficiency, and most importantly, more flexibility for the family," Nissan vice president Al Castignetti said in a statement.
The Nissan Pathfinder concept's interior features a new dashboard design with elegant, organic shapes taking the place of the old model's plain and squared-off design. There are leather seating surfaces with heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row seats; a heated, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel; Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start and multiple user memory settings; and Bose Audio System with 13 speakers.
The econd-row seats feature 5.5 inches of travel for increased legroom or cargo capacity (with 50/50 split, reclining third row folded) and a forward folding seat design to aide access to the third-row. Both the second and third rows fold flat to handle large items.The 60/40 split second row has a "child seat mode" on the 40 split side, which allows third-row access with a child seat in the second row. It was designed so parents could leave a child seat bolted into the third row, while allowing older children access to the third row of seats.
An advanced drive-assist display is located in the instrument cluster directly in front of the driver; the center of the dash features a large touch-screen infotainment display. The dash mounted screen displays the Nissan Navigation System with real-time traffic and weather info as well as Zagat Survey restaurant guide, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and RearView Monitor.
Nissan's Around View Monitor is also present, which uses four exterior cameras to show a 360-degree image of the area just outside the SUV. The Pathfinder concept is also fitted with tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth for hands-free phone, power rear liftgate, iPod integration, and DVD display screens mounted in the back of the headrests, and remote start. A dual-panel panoramic moonroof stretches back to the third row.
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be driven be an "advanced" V-6 engine mated to a next-generation continuously variable transmission. Nissan says the powertrain is expected to be 25 percent more fuel-efficient than the current Pathfinder V-6. The SUV continues to offer optional four-wheel drive, and towing capacities are said to be similar to the outgoing model -- likely around 5000 pounds.
Nissan credits the unibody platform for the Pathfinder concept's more aerodynamic body, and also the next-generation Pathfinder will weigh significantly less than the outgoing body-on-frame model -- which contributes to the improved fuel economy.
Despite the concept designation, Nissan executives tell us the 2013 Pathfinder on display at Detroit is almost identical to the production model that will go on sale this fall.