The latest 2021 Nissan Pathfinder was spied testing recently and according to the new photos, this model will introduce some mild updates. When it was introduced in 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder took much attention with its potent V6 powertrain, good fuel efficiency, and excellent 3rd-row seats.
Unfortunately, that was seven years ago and now the market is crowded with better competitors. Models such as Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander sets a new benchmark, and Nissan may need to put much effort if it wants to keep up. First spy photos have appeared and we can see some changes like updated sheet metal that follows in the footsteps, giant chrome “V” grille, and traditionally boxy SUV design.
What Will the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder Look Like?
The forthcoming 2021 Nissan Pathfinder was caught testing recently and we have some exclusive photos from the field. At first glance, we can see that the manufacturer is keeping secretly all the changes with heavy- camo.
However, some parts are visible and we can see the new sheet metal footsteps also seen on many nowadays Nissan SUVs, large chrome “V” grille, and the taller LED headlights. The side profile also reveals some changes that include crisp shoulder lines over the wheel arches. As you may know, the same design is present on the Nissan Juke model. At the back, the taillights are thinner and more extensive than before, and we can clearly see the more prominent bumper.
Is Nissan Pathfinder a Full-Size SUV?
The latest 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row SUV that will keep the same layout inside as the predecessor. This model offers a roomy cabin that can comfortably host up to seven occupants. Unlike competitors, the new Pathfinder doesn’t offer to replace the 3-passenger 2nd-row bench with a pair of captain’s seats. However, thanks to this, the competitors have much easier access to the third row.
The Pathfinder’s interior feels outdated. This model comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen and many upscale materials. However, compare it to a competitor like the Kia Telluride or Toyota Highlander, and the Pathfinder’s age is easily shown. Overall, luggage space is acceptable and behind the third row, Nissan Pathfinder offers 16 cubic feet that can be expanding to the maximum cargo area of 79.8 folding second and third row. These specs are acceptable but not as good as a Kia Telluride or Honda Pilot.
Not much is known about the powertrain under the new Pathfinder. It’s most likely that this model will continue to use an aging 3.5-liter V6 powertrain. This engine develops under the current model 285 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque and it uses Xtronic CVT transmission. Front-wheel-drive remains standard system while you can buy optionally all-wheel-drive. Moreover, thanks to this powertrain, the Nissan Pathfinder can tow slightly over 6,000 pounds.
The next probability is that the new SUV will use the same powertrain as the Nissan Altima model. If rumors are to be true, the Pathfinder will be supplanted by a turbocharged 2.0-liter variable-compression four-cylinder version. Moreover, we are still waiting for more information about the output rate and fuel economy.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Price and Arrival Date
According to the recent spy photos, the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will get mid-cycle refreshments. This model will cost little less than $32,000 for a base S model, while full loaded Pathfinder can reach nearly $48,000. We can expect to see the newly redesigned Pathfinder sometime later this year as the 2021 model. The Nissan Pathfinder has the same pricing tag as the models Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Hyundai Palisade.