2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign, Pictures, Interior

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New generation overview

Active testing of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder model in a new body began at the end of last year, but the completely camouflaged car, which was then captured by spy cameras, could not provide any information about the upcoming changes.

Salon of the new model

Experts still agree that the Pathfinder will technically change minimally, retaining the current architecture, engines, and CVT with all-wheel drive system. It will continue to be based on the FF-L trolley from the Nissan Murano with MacPherson struts and a multi-link, and only the “intelligent” transmission ALL-MODE 4×4-i, perhaps due to the change of the “box”, will receive an upgraded version , the operation of which will be based on the same three basic modes: 2WD, 4WD and Auto.


The main expected change in the exterior of the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is the signature V-motion radiator grille, which should become noticeably larger, as the Japanese did on the latest version of the Altima.

The front optics should “move” higher, and the headlights themselves will most likely receive a two-story filling due to the use of a plastic horizontal divider. The body itself promises to become more streamlined, although photographs of the camouflaged SUV clearly show the lining straightening its corners. At the rear, the taillights will become wider and thinner, but the rear glass can be a real surprise, since its shape and size, unlike the side windows, are carefully hidden.


It will be possible to look inside the updated Japanese crossover only after the release of official teasers, so we can only assume that the interior will have higher quality finishing materials, and the ergonomics of the cabin will be seriously redesigned to increase the interior space.

Pathfinder remains a seven-seat crossover, and this imposes certain obligations on designers, including creating equally comfortable passenger seats. Hence, in addition to the long-announced new digital virtual “tidy” and a large central touchscreen on the front console, we can expect the appearance of a 3-zone “climate” and several additional USB ports throughout the cabin.

Technical stuffing

The base engine for the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder model year should remain a V-shaped gasoline engine with 6 cylinders and a 24-valve DOHC timing belt. This 3.5-liter power plant in the fourth-generation car produced 263 hp. With. (in Russian specification – 249 hp) power and 324 Nm of torque. Another affordable option will definitely be a hybrid.

Its characteristics should exceed those offered by the previous hybrid engine – a 234-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo engine working in conjunction with a 15-kilowatt electric motor (+20 hp). For example, the Japanese can endow the new installation with a purely electric mode of operation, simultaneously installing a more capacious lithium-ion battery.

As for the transmission, the Xtronic CVT previously used on the Pathfinder may give way to a full-fledged automatic transmission. Insiders report that the manufacturer is developing a completely new 9-speed gearbox, and if the debut of the fifth-generation car is postponed to the end of the year, they will have time to complete the new automatic transmission.


Pathfinder is a full-fledged SUV with a body-on-frame configuration and multiple programmable crumple zones that enhance overall passive safety. The length of the Japanese model is 5042 mm with a wheelbase of 2900 mm. The width of the car reaches 1963 mm, height – 1793 mm. The Japanese SUV is based on front MacPherson struts and a rear multi-link suspension. The car has anti-roll bars and ventilated disc brakes all around. There are also shock absorbers that automatically adjust to the characteristics of the road surface.

The Pathfinder comes with a continuously variable transmission and a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated engine with direct injection, variable intake and exhaust valve timing, and electronic throttle. The maximum output of this engine reaches 284 hp. with a torque of 351 N*m. Optionally, along with the Japanese SUV, an all-wheel drive system with a multi-plate clutch, complemented by electronic control, is offered.

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Externally, Pathfinder is somewhat reminiscent of the latest X-Trail. Both models are equipped with a relatively compact radiator grille placed at a slight angle. It is complemented by horizontal metal slats with several holes and a V-shaped strip that stretches along the perimeter. The Japanese SUV is equipped with a fairly large head optics, the lower edge of which has a wavy outline. The embossed front bumper contains fog lights, placed along with ventilation holes closer to the headlights, and a small air intake with reinforced protection at the bottom. The side of the body and the hood are crossed by protruding stripes that make the Japanese model more muscular. The glazing at the stern is polygonal in shape. Below it there are really large lights that extend far to the side, and a wide bumper with a metal plate.

The Pathfinder’s interior in certain aspects is designed in the style of SUVs of yesteryear. This is especially clearly emphasized by the wide center console and transmission tunnel with an abundance of buttons and natural wood trim. At the same time, the interior space is designed in a premium style. In particular, almost everything is covered in leather. The Japanese SUV is equipped with a relatively compact touchscreen monitor placed in a separate niche on the center console. The instrument panel has a non-standard color display that smoothly wraps around the top of the speedometer and tachometer.

The second and third rows of seats provide a comfortable fit, largely due to the car’s long wheelbase. For the same reason, the Pathfinder’s trunk volume is 453 liters.

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