As expected, the new seven-seat Pathfinder has moved away from the boxy design that the current model shares with the Navara pick-up, adopting a curvaceous new shape.
The new shape comes with a catch: owners that enjoy the off-roading capabilities of the current model may be moved to look elsewhere, with the 2012 Pathfinder using the more road-focused platform that underpins the Infiniti JX SUV.
Other technical details have still to be revealed, although it is expected that the new Pathfinder will share the same trusty 195kW/336Nm 3.5 litre V6 engine driving the Murano, matched to Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic transmission.
Nissan has previously revealed that, like the all-new Patrol due later this year, the new Pathfinder will feature a more premium feel in the cabin (although not quite to Infiniti levels).
Features will include leather trim, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row, heated steering wheel, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, iPod connectivity, and push-button ignition.
Tri-zone climate control will also be available, along with a powered tailgate, DVD screens for the second row, Nissan's Around View monitor (uses multiple cameras to show a full exterior view), and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Inside, the new Pathfinder will offer seating for seven occupants, and both the second and third rows can fold flat for increased cargo space.
The new Pathfinder is expected to hit overseas markets in the coming months, with an Australian debut likely to occur in early 2013. Watch TMR for more details.
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