We already knew that Nissan was planning to show off a concept of its next-generation Pathfinder at the Detroit auto show in a few weeks, but now the automaker has released a teaser photo of the new SUV.
Not too much can be seen in Nissan’s shadowy image, but the Pathfinder will definitely be eschewing its squared-off look for a more curvaceous form. The photo shows a strong character line running the length of the car from the center of the hood to the taillights, with a dip just above the door handles. Large, five-spoke wheels and roof rails may lend the Pathfinder a sportier look.
What we know is that the new Pathfinder will shed its truck-based roots and become a crossover, similar to what the Ford Explorer did last year. It’s most likely that the new Pathfinder will share its platform and mechanicals with the recently unveiled Infiniti JX35. That car rides on a stretched version of the front- and all-wheel drive platform that underpins the Murano crossover, but provides room for a third row of seats. We wouldn’t be surprised if this also helps Nissan differentiate the Pathfinder from the Murano within its own lineup.
The Pathfinder will also probably share the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the JX, which is rated at 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque in that car. Expect to also see the same CVT transmission, standard front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive as an option.
Expect more information to emerge within a few weeks. For the latest news surrounding the 2012 Detroit auto show, stay with Automobilemag.com.