2012 Nissan Pathfinder Face Revealed In New Teaser

Mike Stevens | Jan 4, 2012

This is the face of the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder, which will do away with the rugged offroading lines of the current model.

The release today of two new teaser images revealing the front- and rear-end styling of the new Pathfinder follows a shadowy profile shot issued late last month.

The images reveal a more streamlined design at both ends, but while the headlights have been stretched and the grille's outer inlets deleted, the front design remains familiar.

2012 nissan pathfinder concept teaser 03

It's a different story at the back however, with longer lights reaching deeper into the tailgate, which has also been given a more shapely design.

Last month's teaser image - the first of seven, Nissan says - revealed a curvaceous new profile that marks a major departure from the boxy styling of the current model.

The new Pathfinder will debut in "concept" form at the Detroit Auto Show this month, but if these images are anything to go by, there may be little to separate the concept's styling from the final product.

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  • super matthew
    Super Mattthew says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    A softroader? ...not exactly a finder of paths anymore, is it...

    Does look nice, though. A little bit of the Santa Fe in the profile?
  • Stuart says,
    3 years ago
    I have a 2005 Pathfinder. Good car other than hard ride and limited legroom. Will need to replace soon Patrol is just to be to big and a Murano + 2 thats what it should be called is not what I need?
  • Nissan Owner says,
    3 years ago
    Owning an X-Trail, one Navara and two Patrols I have been looking forward to the Pathfinder for some time. I was going to purchase in the next few months but I may now wait until the new release so I can buy the good Pathfinder cheaper when the new one hits the market. Presuming this much of a backward step should make it a much cheaper vehicle pushing down the existing model, might get a Ti 550 in the 50's?
    Whilst it does look nice we needed space and offroad capability which this has neither, I guess Nissan won't be contending with the Pajero and Prado any more.
  • Roger says,
    3 years ago
    You may be jumping to conclusions, it doesn't say anything about soft road underpinnings. I doubt Nissan will relinquish their position in the mid range off road group. The new Patrol will undoubtedly compete at Landcruiser pricing...$70K and up. Nissan have a great off road heritage, it would be disastrous for them to leave that mid range "family" off road segment out of their line up considering the price hike I expect in Patrol. Apparently they are keeping the old model too (Patrol), but the chassis is now considered primitive, low safety rating, poor handling etc. so is aimed at the rural/mining market where on-road capability is not really required that much. You get Landcruiser off-road performance at half the price.
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