More Photos, Details Of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Released

Nissan’s prolonged tease of the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV is finally coming to an end, as the automaker is now releasing the remaining information and photography it previously withheld.

We’ll have a more detailed report on the new 2013 Pathfinder later this afternoon, but here are a few brief highlights:

-Unibody: Moving from a truck frame to a unitized body/frame design allows the new three-row Pathfinder weigh nearly 500 pounds less than the outgoing 2012 Pathfinder. Front-wheel-drive units tip the scales at 4149 pounds, while four-wheel-drive models weigh in at 4290 pounds. Switching to unibody also allowed for a flat interior floor, making for more passenger and cargo room.

-Powertrain: Nissan has confirmed the 2013 Pathfinder will be powered by a 260-hp, 3.5-liter, DOHC V-6. Regardless of the driveline (i.e. FWD, 4x4), all Pathfinders channel that power through a continuously variable transmission. It's Nissan's latest version of the Xtronic CVT, and is more advanced and more efficient than the similar CVT in the Pathfinder's platform-mate, the 2013 Infiniti JX35. Four-wheel drive models give the driver the ability to select two-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive, or allow the transfer case to automatically engage the rear wheels when slip is detected.

-Fuel Economy: Front-drive 2013 Pathfinders should be rated at 20/ 26 mpg (city/highway), while four-wheel-drive models are expected to attain a 19/25 mpg rating from the EPA. Nissan credits the improved highway scores to the fact that the 2013 Pathfinder is more aerodynamic than its predecessor, with a drag coefficient of 0.34. The lower curb weight and more-efficient powertrain also help.

-Towing:  Despite the unibody construction and the CVT, Nissan still says the 2013 Pathfinder boasts a standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds.

-Technology: As in the 2013 Altima, the new Pathfinder gets a new four-inch color screen in the instrument cluster. Nissan's AroundView Monitor 360-degree camera is available, as are heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-screen DVD players mounted to the front seat headrests. The Pathfinder doesn't offer lane-departure or blind-spot monitoring systems -- and unusual omission in this safety-oriented segment.

For more information on the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, check out our First Look.

A FWD Pathfinder? I suppose it'll make it better for daily driving, but if you're going off road, you're gonna need the AWD anyhow so. It would of been better to stay RWD.
No more CVTs please - it is a deal killer.

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