NISSAN will debut its new-generation Pathfinder SUV range in Australia later this year priced from $54,190 plus on-road costs – $50 cheaper than the entry point to the now-defunct previous generation model range.
The Nissan Pathfinder will compete directly with rivals including the Hyundai Santa Fe (from $45,550 plus ORCs), Kia Sorento ($47,650), Mazda CX-9 ($46,250) and Toyota Kluger ($47,650).
With seating for up to eight passengers, new technology and safety features and an entirely revised exterior design, Nissan says the Pathfinder marks a return to the model’s rugged roots without compromising on modern luxury or on-road comfort.
Powered by Nissan’s proven 202kW/340Nm VQ35DD 3.5-litre petrol V6 and paired to a nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission – with front- or all-wheel drive available – the Pathfinder is offered with Nissan’s Pro-Pilot semi-autonomous driving system on ST-L grades and above for the first time.
All-wheel drive models are offered with a new direct coupling 4WD system Nissan says allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident and immediate take-off in low-traction scenarios. The 4WD system offers driver selectable modes including Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow.
Braked towing capacity for the Pathfinder is listed at 2700kg and is backed by a trailer stability program as part of the vehicle’s electronic stability control system.
The Pathfinder is further enhanced by Nissan’s new dual-pinion electric assisted steering setup it claims provides sporty and engaging feedback to the driver. The Pathfinder rides on a MacPherson strut (front) and independent multi-link (rear) suspension arrangement and is stopped by four-wheel disc brakes.
The Nissan Pathfinder range begins with the ST two-wheel drive (from $54,190 plus ORCs).
It includes what Nissan says is a comprehensive safety package from the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Suite, a rear-view camera with inbuilt parking sensors, a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 10.8-inch head-up display unit, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, native satellite navigation, LED dusk-sensing headlights with high-beam assist, 18-inch alloys, an eight-way powered driver’s seat and EZ Flex latch-and-glide seating adjustment.
Like all Pathfinder variants, the ST offers wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity, DAB+ digital radio reception, four USB charging ports and two 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.
The first all-wheel drive offering in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder range is the ST-L 4WD, priced from $59,990 plus ORCs. As stated, the variant is the first to receive Nissan’s Pro-Pilot semi-autonomous driving system with lane keep assist, traffic jam pilot, 360-degree camera technology and moving object detection.
The variant is further equipped with roof rails, LED fog lights and a powered tailgate.
Nissan’s Pathfinder Ti is the only grade to benefit from the availability of both front- and all-wheel drive configuration and is priced from $63,990 and $67,990 respectively. The variant adds leather-appointed upholstery, rear seat heaters, wireless device charging and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system among its highlights.
Finally, the top-tier Pathfinder Ti-L (from $77,890 plus ORCs) introduces wrap-around ambient cabin lighting, a panoramic glass sunroof, 20-inch alloys, underbody protection, captain’s chairs in the second row (taking passenger seating to seven), ventilated front seats, a smart rear-view mirror and more.
Further information on the Pathfinder range’s equipment and specifications is available here.
“The new Pathfinder is both rugged and refined, capable and comfortable, and distils everything Nissan has learned over the model’s proud 30-year history in Australia into one adventure-ready and family-friendly package,” said Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder pricing*:
|ST-L 4WD (a)||$59,990||(+$850)|
|Ti 4WD (a)||$67,990||(+$850)|
|Ti-L 4WD (a)||$77,890||(new variant)|
*Pricing excludes on-road costs.