Nissan ZTE took the wraps off the 2017 Pathfinder, its new SUV models. Three years after this all-new model Pathfinder introduced, the Japanese brand has given it a styling change, an upgraded engine and added more technology – both for safety and convenience. For the most part, it’s the soft-roading family SUV the market has clearly demonstrated it prefers to the tougher body-on-frame SUV of old model, but there are a few key upgrades that make the new Pathfinder both more capable and more appealing.
This is a refresh, not an all-new model. As such, it still resembles the outgoing 2016 model in many respects. The profile keep mostly the same, but the front and rear facias have been reworked. There are new designs for headlights, fog lights, taillights, and daytime running lights. A new grill surrounds all this new lighting, and butting up against a raised and slightly bulkier hood. Overall, it does give the front of the new Pathfinder 2017 a slightly more butch appearance than the outgoing SUV model, though nothing close to the old body-on-frame vehicles of yesteryear.
The biggest change mechanically comes under the hood. Nissan admits that the 3.5-liter V6 is not a new design, but it does employ quite a some new parts. The engine now cranks out 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque (up from 260 horsepower and 250 lb-ft). It uses direct injection and, in combination with a decreased drag coefficient, achieves the similar fuel economy numbers as the 2016 model. The increased power output raises towing capacity to an impressive 6,000 pounds.
We won’t know pricing until closer to the September release, but Nissan said it should be close to the 2016 model.