2023 Nissan Pathfinder: What We Know So Far
2023 Nissan Pathfinder – Nissan’s pathfinder was first in 1996 as a body-on-frame rival to the Ford Bronco II and Jeep Cherokee. It was difficult and durable, but unfortunately, the utilitarian approach didn’t last, with the next generation taking more car-like approaches.
Pathfinder is no exception to the current R52 series. Adapted for transporting families, it is a far from mid-90s forbearer. It’s also very long in the teeth – dating from 2013 in fact. Fortunately for Pathfinder fans, the Japanese carmaker has a new one in development and we took a preview of the illustration of what to expect later this year.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder
We’re not really sure what model year this should say, as some of the debuts set for this year have been delayed. But SUVs should be available by the middle of next year, so we’ll call it Pathfinder 2023 just to be sure.
The Pathfinder prototype was last seen in July. Since another more exciting debut has its priorities, the Russian website Kolesa graphic artist only now gets round to rendering Pathfinder 2022. Their two photos are so realistic that you would think this is a press photo. But at the same time, it doesn’t look that different from Rogue, at least from the front.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Features
The frontal style is dominated by a bold ‘V-motion’ grille and separate LED headlights that exude a modern technical appearance. Moving sideways reveals the same proportions as the outgoing model while featuring a Juke-inspired shoulder line and a lower roof. Outback, the view is upright and boxy, with the rear glass now wrapped around the tailgate.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior
As with the exterior, the pathfinder cabin that comes out is arguably average. Fortunately, the sins of the past have been corrected with an impressive new interior, benefiting from high-quality materials and better occupant space.
The seven-seat wagon is expected to have a flat-bottom steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, and a large high freestanding touchscreen on the dashboard with HVAC controls positioned below.
Nissan has previewed its future infotainment offerings through its intended Ariya concept of production last year. Lower, the new Pathfinder will get a Toyota RAV4-style gear lever surrounded by piano black trim, wireless charging pads, and a rotary field mode selector.
here, we see an equally powerful combination of U-shaped grille and LED light. Compared to today’s aging models, the SUV profile looks much more chiseled and has gotten rough cladding around the wheel arches. Both of these elements were taken from the smaller Rogue because the prototype was so obscured.
The new mid-range Nissan SUV will sport a much slimmer taillight connected in the middle by a chrome strip. Meanwhile, the bumpers are mostly black plastic with false chrome inserts.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
If pathfinder shares its engine with other Nissans, the most likely powertrain at launch is the 3.5-liter V6 which is officially rated around 300 hp and 260 hp and 261 lb-ft, as in the Maxima mid-size sedan.
The other two possible powertrains are the 2.0-liter turbo from the Infiniti QX50 and the 2.5-liter hybrid drive needed to compete with the Toyota Venza.
Nissan Pathfinder Rivals
The new Pathfinder will compete against a wide variety of SUVs such as Ford’s Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Subaru Ascent, Kia Sorento, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date
As Rogue recently revealed, we expect Pathfinder to debut later this year as a 2022MY offering or as 2023MY if Nissan pushes its introductory over delays caused by the ongoing pandemic.