New Nis­san Pathfinder is a classy all-rounder

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NIS­SAN has upped the ante again with ag­gres­sive styling changes, more power, driver as­sis­tance fea­tures and value in the fourth-gen­er­a­tion Pathfinder.

Per­for­mance style are key el­e­ments to MY17 range, which has resulted a smooth, prac­ti­cal all­rounder that bares no re­sem­blance to its boxy high-rid­ing, util­ity-based pre­de­ces­sor from some years ago.

The range is avail­able in three lev­els, kick­ing off with the ST, mov­ing the mid-weight ST-L and fully-fea­tured Ti. All three are ei­ther 2WD or 4WD, can be or­dered with the petrol V6 hy­brid­su­per­charged en­gine.

We’re test­ing the en­try level V6 ST, which will be a pop­u­lar pick with sev­enseat, front-wheel-drive spec­i­fi­ca­tion as stan­dard.

From out­side Pathfinder looks pur­pose­ful without be­ing too puffy — it has chunky flanks off­set by nar­rower midriff, and looks ag­gres­sive enough from the front over the top. The up­dated ap­pear­ance in­cor­po­rates lat­est Nis­san sig­na­ture de­sign el­e­ments in­tro­duced on award-win­ning Max­ima sport sedan and Mu­rano cross­over — in­clud­ing the new “VMo­tion” grille boomerang-shaped head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights.

Other ex­te­rior en­hance­ments in­clude a new, more ag­gres­sive bon­net, front bumper and fog lights.

The out­side rearview mir­rors now in­clude stan­dard in­te­grated turn sig­nals.

In the rear, changes in­clude new tail-lights and a stronger bumper de­sign.

The car rides on 18-inch al­loys 235/65 pro­file tyres, which makes for a more sup­ple ride in base-trim ST mix of sur­faces. Given most 2WD Pathfind­ers will spend time the bi­tu­men than in the bush, it’s sen­si­ble and smooth com­bi­na­tion.

In­side, Pathfinder has loads space, and seems big­ger from in­side.

Nis­san de­vised a very easy to use slid­ing mech­a­nism for sec­ond-row seats, re­sult­ing in easy ac­cess to the third row. Each 2017 Pathfinder has a latch and glide mech­a­nism that al­lows easy third-row en­try while keep­ing child safety seat se­curely in place, an­chored to the ISOFIX points. That’s go­ing be clincher for many fam­i­lies frus­trated with con­stantly re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing cap­sules or booster seats on a daily ba­sis — well done. Third-row oc­cu­pants may last in line, but like sec­ond row they get their own air-vents that can be de­ac­ti­vated by those up front de­pend­ing how many peo­ple are on board at the time. There’s enough room be­tween the third-row seats and rear tail­gate for lug­gage, which ex­tends to more than when they are folded flat, ex­tend­ing to ware­house pro­por­tions (2260 litres) with both sec­ond and third rows down. Up front there are plenty of treats smart touches. The new Pathfinder has two USB ports in the cen­tre con­sole with 12V plug, stop-start but­ton so you can leave keys your pocket, 8-inch touch­screen, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and voice com­mand for au­dio stream­ing. Dash­board func­tions con­trols are a se­ries of prac­ti­cal and easy to use di­als but­tons pep­pered with large type, giv­ing the driver an in­stant feel­ing of con­fi­dence and con­trol from the first drive.

This ex­tends to steer­ing wheel con­trols and on-board menus, in­clud­ing ac­cess­ing the trip com­puter and tyre-pres­sure mon­i­tor that comes stan­dard on ST — as does an eight­way power ad­justable driver’s seat.

ST-L Ti vari­ants gain, among other things, satel­lite-nav­i­ga­tion and you can op­tion the with black or ivory leather seats.

On road the Pathfinder makes way without fuss, thanks to its 202kW di­rect in­jec­tion petrol V6 con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion. As men­tioned ear­lier, the ride is sup­ple and never rough, and noise from out­side min­i­mal.

Rex Gorell Nis­san new car sales man­ager Craig McMennemin said the up­dated Pathfinder was all about ad­ven­ture and value.

“This lat­est model up­date is set to bol­ster the leg­endary fam­ily-ad­ven­ture cre­den­tials of

with a wide ar­ray fan­tas­tic new im­prove­ments,’’ he said.

“It fea­tures bolder ex­te­rior look, en­hanced drive­abil­ity and the Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity tech­nol­ogy suite, in­clu­sive of Emegency Brak­ing — a Aus­tralia first.

“Th­ese spec­i­fi­ca­tion up­grades have been deisned to meet de­mands Aus­tralian fam­i­lies en­sure strong com­pet­i­tive­ness into the fu­ture. Best of all, th­ese come with no price in­crease on the ma­jor­ity of the range.’’

“The Pathfinder is a com­pelling ve­hi­cle for fam­i­lies that need to con­sider trav­el­ling with many pas­sen­gers, young and adults alike.

“Boast­ing seven the­atre-style adult sized seats, tri-zone cli­mate con­trol, large win­dows through­out a panoramic glass roof (ST-L and Ti models), there’s plenty of nat­u­ral light so you can take in the scenery along the way.

“Sec­ond row seats re­cline and fold for easy ac­cess from both sides, while third row can re­cline for pas­sen­ger com­fort. With latch glide tech­nol­ogy, you can even tilt slide right-side of sec­ond with an ISOFIX­com­pat­i­ble child seat in place, so ac­cess to the third row is eas­ier than ever.

“Add to this a high braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity, in­ge­nious 4x4 sys­tem, prac­ti­cal boot space, flexible carseat re­straint op­tions and the roomi­est third row ... every mem­ber of fam­ily has been con­sid­ered.’’

The 3.5-litre V6 in plenty grunt for tow­ing, adding to its all-round ca­pa­bil­i­ties — an­other big tick.

Sum­ming up, the Pathfinder is a very flexible, user-friendly pack­age with of fea­tures for soft-road and off-road fam­i­lies alike, without need for steplad­der to get your­self in out of car.

If you’d like to make your own as­sess­ment, Rex Gorell Nis­san will have the MY17 Pathfinder on show as part a spe­cial pro­mo­tion at Gate­way Plaza Leopold from May 15-21.

‘With latch and glide tech­nol­ogy, you can even tilt and slide the right-side of the sec­ond row with an ISOFIX­com­pat­i­ble child seat in place, so ac­cess to the third row is eas­ier than ever.’ NEW CAR SALES MAN­AGER CRAIG MCMENNEMIN

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