Nissan Pathfinder is probably the perfect family vehicle. Now, Pathfinder Concept adds an unprecedented level of premium style, comfort and thoughtful technology. The new concept vehicle includes new aerodynamic exterior design and innovative, flexible interior. It is going to make its debut this autumn. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept is a big-size, 3-row/7-passenger SUV with the seating and cargo capacity that growing families need. Moreover it brings now enhanced comfort, innovative technology, increased fuel efficiency, and most importantly, more flexibility for the family.

First of all one of the biggest changes to the upcoming Pathfinder design is the return to a unibody platform. It now offers many advantages, including a flat floor for enhanced interior packaging flexibility. Its premium features in the interior include quiet, comfortable interior with rich leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start and multiple user memory settings, and an advanced Bose® Audio System with thirteen speakers. Furthermore the Pathfinder Concept's unique versatility is all about the design of the second and third row. The third row is possible due to the large rear door openings, 5.5 inches of second row seat travel, and forward folding seat design for ease of entry and exit. Next, the second row also features "child seat mode" which allows forward movement and access to the third row with a child safety seat remaining securely in place. The third row seat is a 50/50 split folding design, which also offers added cargo flexibility and reclines for greater passenger comfort. Both the second row and third row seats fold flat for optimal cargo capacity. In addition to that there is an under floor storage in the rear cargo area.

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Interior

Innovative technology is also included in the Pathfinder Concept interior: instrument panel, which includes an advanced drive-assist display directly in front of the driver – along with a large multifunction IT display in the center of the dash; Nissan Navigation System with real-time traffic and weather information and Zagat Survey® restaurant guide; Bluetooth® Streaming Audio; and at last a RearView Monitor. What is special here is that the concept features Nissan's advanced Around View™ Monitor, which shows the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. Other technology includes a tri-zone climate control system, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, power rear liftgate, iPod® integration, and tri-zone entertainment system with 2nd row headrest-mounted DVD display screens. There is also the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). It provides both visual and audible signals to help customers conveniently maintain correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge. Of course here to be mentioned is the remote engine start function as well, which allows the climate control system to warm up or cool down the interior prior to driving.

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Interior

In other words the new Pathfinder Concept offers a lot of interior flexibility. At the same time it also includes brilliant new exterior. The new unibody platform shines bright with more aerodynamic exterior, without compromising headroom or cargo capacity. Moving upscale in look, the new exterior styling presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. Furthermore the exterior is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance. The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars. They flow into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. The front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings are helping the vehicle to achieve excellent aerodynamic performance. More importantly the new Pathfinder is expected to weigh significantly less than the previous body-on-frame design. This of course helps contribute to the enhanced fuel economy performance. Moreover, other exterior details feature a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles, large rear combination lights and panoramic dual-panel moonroof.

Nissan Pathfinder Concept

Furthermore the Pathfinder powertrain uses a refined V6 engine mated to a next-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which provides an expected 25 percent increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy in comparison to the previous V6-equipped model. In addition the Pathfinder Concept also includes an intuitive four-wheel drive system and a towing capacity comparable to the leaders in the segment. More importantly, the new engine and CVT combination offers enhanced efficiency, while maintaining nearly the same horsepower as the previous generation's larger displacement V6. It also delivers responsive acceleration in a variety of conditions. The vehicle, of course, retains its ability to tow boats, jet skis, trailers and a variety of other recreational gear. The new Pathfinder stays an excellent vehicle for unfavorable driving conditions with four-wheel drive.

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Source: Nissan