And just like that, Nissan has unveiled the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Officially this is a concept… but let’s be honest folks – there’s nothing conceptual about this. The production 2013 Pathfinder will be 99% like this “concept.” What’s it all about, you ask? Well, let’s take a look.
For starters, they’re going back to a unibody design. The current generation Pathfinder went body-on-frame, but it was unibody before that (And body on frame before that.) Since approximately zero percent of Pathfinder buyers take their pricey SUV’s off-road, it makes sense to go back to a unibody design. It will be significantly lighter, it will have a smoother ride, and it will get better gas mileage.
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Gallery
There are still three rows of seats, for a total seating capacity of seven. That said, only very tiny people should ever venture to the third row – it doesn’t look much bigger than the current model.
As for the looks? Well, it’s not ugly, so there is that. It’s much “softer” than the current style, almost Murano-like, without going to that extreme. It looks good, but not particularly unique or interesting. There’s really only so much you can do with a midsize CUV to make it stand out.
I don’t know where the Murano fits into Nissan’s lineup once this Pathfinder is introduced.