CLEAR A PATH
New Nissan Pathfinder is a classy all-rounder
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