Nissan Rolls Out Reinvented Pathfinder

Nissan has unleashed the 2013 Pathfinder SUV, a complete makeover featuring a sleek, aerodynamically styled exterior, a new interior, user-friendly technology, a new unibody platform and advanced drivetrain.

The all-new vehicle design sheds 500 pounds of mass compared to the outgoing model yet maintains the Pathfinder’s SUV-ruggedness while delivering up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

With its blend of capability, including standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, and modern amenities, such as a Around View Monitor, the 2013 Pathfinder is the next-generation SUV.

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“Unveiling our next-generation Pathfinder is a major follow-up to the introduction of the all-new Altima sedan,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.

According to the company, the 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved more than 30 percent over that of the 2012 Pathfinder. Both the FWD and 4WD 2013 Pathfinder models lead their segments in fuel economy across the board.

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City, highway and combined average fuel economy numbers are 20 (City), 26 (Highway) and 22 (Combined) mpg for the FWD version and 19 (City), 25 (Highway) and 21 (Combined) mpg for the 4WD version.

This increase over both the outgoing model’s fuel economy as well as that of the competition was achieved primarily through a new, aerodynamic vehicle design, 500 pounds of weight reduction, reduced engine friction and the application of a next generation Xtronic CVT.

Nissan teased the new Pathfinder earlier this year, showing a concept exterior design model in January.  Today, August 3, marks the first official look at the production model, which goes on sale nationwide (U.S.) this fall.

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