2014 NISSAN PATHFINDER AUSTRALIA
Kicking off at $39,990, the new Pathfinder is now cheaper to get into than the $40,490 Toyota Kluger, $43,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the $44,290 Mazda CX-9.
The new Pathfinder is still out-priced by the $36,990 Hyundai Santa Fe and $38,490 Kia Sorento, although Nissan will be betting on its Japanese heritage to win buyers from the more affordable Koreans.
Further into the range, the Pathfinder ST equipped with 4WD is around $4000 cheaper than the previous model, while at the other end of the scale the range-topping Ti 4WD comes in at $64,890 - down from $76,390.
There are three model variants: the ST, ST-L and Ti, and each is available in either 2WD or 4WD. But the diesel engine is gone - which certainly won't please all buyers.
All new Pathfinder models will draw power from a 191kW and 325Nm 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, matched to a CVT transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed at between 10.7 and 11.2 l/100km, depending on the model.
The Pathfinder is no longer perched upon a ladder-frame chassis, shifting instead to a car-like monocoque platform.
The four-wheel-drive models get Nissan's All Mode 4x4 system, offering 2WD, Auto and Lock driving modes.
Braked towing capacity for the new Pathfinder is listed at 2700kg, marking a 800kg drop compared to the old 3.0 litre model, and 300kg less than the previous 2.5 litre diesel.
Features and Dimensions
Standard features with the entry Pathfinder ST include 18-inch alloys, seven-inch display, rear-view camera and reversing sensors, cruise control, auto headlights, three-zone climate control, eight-way powered driver's seat, leather steering and gear knob, six-speaker audio with 2gb music storage, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Moving up to the ST-L adds leather trim throughout, fog lights, a front sunroof and panoramic glass roof at the rear, heated mirrors, powered passenger seat and powered steering adjustment.
The top-level Ti gains 20-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch display with satellite navigation and Around View monitor, entertainment screens in the front headrests, 13-speaker Bose audio with 9gb music storage, a powered tailgate, cooled front seats, and memory settings for steering column / driver's seat / door mirrors.
The new Pathfinder measures 5008mm long, 1960mm wide and 1768mm tall, making it 195mm longer, 112mm wider and 13mm shorter top-to-bottom than its predecessor.
Riding on a 2900mm wheelbase, the new Pathfinder is also 47mm shorter between the wheels.
Inside, a seven-seat layout is featured - just as the previous model offered - equipped with Nissan’s “EZ Flex” seating system.
With the second- and third-row seats folded forward, the Pathfinder offers 2259 litres of storage space, marking a 168 litre increase over the old model.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Pathfinder ST 2WD - $39,990
- Pathfinder ST-L 2WD - $50,290
- Pathfinder Ti 2WD - $60,790
- Pathfinder ST 4WD - $44,290
- Pathfinder ST-L 4WD - $54,290
- Pathfinder Ti 4WD - $64,890