Nis­san Xtrail/pathfinder

Nis­san’s SUVS get a makeover re­ports Damien O’car­roll.

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - CONTENTS -

While Nis­san has been rather quiet in New Zealand over the last few years, the com­pany re­cently broke cover in a rather spec­tac­u­lar way at the Hamp­ton Downs race track where it held a me­dia day for the launch of the Nismo mo­tor­port brand in New Zealand, in­clud­ing Nismo ver­sions of the 370Z sports car and the GT-R su­per­car. How­ever, qui­etly lurk­ing at the Waikato race track were two cars more rel­e­vant to this pub­li­ca­tion – facelift ver­sions of the Pathfinder and X-trail SUVS. The pop­u­lar X-trail has re­ceived a mild makeover for the 2017 model year, with a front end that in­cludes a new grille and re­vised head­lights with in­te­grated LED day­time run­ning lights. Other ex­te­rior tweaks for 2017 in­clude new 19-inch al­loy wheels and a shark-fin an­tenna on the roof. On the in­side there are more ex­ten­sive tweaks, with a new steer­ing wheel, cen­tre con­sole, gear shift knob and a new door and vent fin­ish. Up-spec mod­els now get heated rear seats, a heated steer­ing wheel, high beam as­sist, a power tail­gate, radar cruise con­trol and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing with au­ton­o­mous city brak­ing. The X-trail range starts at $39,990 for the 2WD ST model, with the ST 4WD land­ing at $42,490. The ST-L 2WD costs $44,990, while the AWD ST-L is $47,490. The range is topped off by the AWD Ti that costs $53,40. All 2WD X-trails are now seven-seaters, while the AWD mod­els are five-seaters. The X-trail’s big­ger brother, the Pathfinder has come in for a far more ex­ten­sive up­grade for 2017, with new, tougher front end that aligns it closer to the Navara ute. The Pathfinder scores new al­loy wheel de­signs, tail­lights, LED day­time run­ning lights for the 2017 model year, while satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion is also avail­able for the first time. The Pathfinder’s 3.5-litre petrol V6 has been sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised with 56 per­cent new com­po­nents, re­sult­ing in an in­crease in power and torque over the last gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle. Now with 202kw and 340Nm (com­pared with 190kw and 325Nm), the Pathfinder also gets re­vised sus­pen­sion, with stiffer springs and new front and rear dampers, while the steer­ing is 11 per­cent quicker. In­side the Pathfinder gets a new cen­tre con­sole and new seat in­serts, with high­spec mod­els get­ting an 8-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, a rear seat en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with two 8-inch screens, Blue­tooth head­phones and the abil­ity to play three forms of me­dia at the same time. Safety up­grades in­clude au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise con­trol and rear cross traf­fic alert. The re­vised Pathfinder range starts at $55,490 for the 2WD ST, with the AWD ST cost­ing $59,990. The AWD ST-L lands at $65,490, while the top-spec AWD Ti finishes the range at $69,990.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.