With a whole range of new features, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will surely be no misnomer. That’s right, the Nissan promises to retain its basic outlook and add to it some exciting new features. While the new vehicle comes with the slightly transformed body, not many changes can car lovers expect in terms of performance.
The off roader which is already one of the best sellers from Nissan’s SUV range comes with a standard FWD system. Expect higher trims to come with AWD facility. This will increase its ruggedness and it can cover difficult terrain with ease.
The heavily camouflaged 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can tow a maximum of 1000 lbs which is something that American buyers are fond of. Rumors have it that this new vehicle might also come with a hybrid version which others term as highly unlikely.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder – Changes in Design
Filled with an excess of luxury and comfort equipment’s, this new car will evidently be one of a kind. The passengers inside will love Nissan’s choice of revving up to head and legroom. Capable of the housing about 7 people on board, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder also houses an improved boot space.
Changes in instrument panel might be lurking. Apart from the advanced set of infotainment features, the Advanced Drive Assistance will aim to provide passengers with a smoother ride. Cloth upholstered seats and curvier body lines will ensure that this vehicle looks stunning from any angle and remains true to its name.
Advanced climate control and collision warning improve driver comfort. In terms of safety features, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder aims to warn drivers about potential barriers and improved braking systems furthers its safety controls. So while passengers cruise their way into the highway, the 8-inch infotainment aims to provide maximum entertainment on the go.
Appearance wise, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a killer although it resembles its previous versions. The front part including the hood is V-shaped and is definitely more dynamic than its current version. The honeycomb mesh is typical to this off-road vehicle and in order to facilitate its existence, the Nissan installs comparatively smaller headlamps.
The existing version is built on an R52 platform which sources opine might continue even though the heavy camouflage prevents car enthusiasts from taking a look at it. The newer model incorporates the use of lighter weight materials to reduce drag. The aerodynamic look aims to capture the crossover market in the US. The European market, however, is yet to receive the Pathfinder although sources speculate its entry soon.
Under the Hood:
Apart from the newer design brings, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder plans to install the same engine albeit certain changes. While 3.5 liters V6 under the hood catered to Pathfinder lovers previously, the new car might see some changes. Numerically equal to the older power train, the 3.5 liters naturally aspirated V6 makes an excess of 284 HP and 259 lb-ft of torque.
The above engine is combined to an 8 speed CVT, which sources opine might not change. The new vehicle is a tad faster in terms of acceleration and maximum speed it reaches.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder might provide an expected fuel economy of 26 mpg. A better transmission with a higher power is, therefore, a necessity and only time can tell how Nissan caters to it.
Speculations Price and Release Date
The Potential car enthusiasts are of the opinion that the price of this new vehicle will not exceed $31,000. Greater benefits call for higher costs and hence AWD version which might include V8 engine will cost an excess of $46,000. As far as release dates are concerned, expect 2018 Nissan Pathfinder by 2018 Q3, although the auto giant has not yet confirmed it.
Compared to Toyota Highlander, the Pathfinder has a better towing capacity. But the former comes with a slightly better powertrain (excluding the base trim) and improved transmission.
In contrast to Ford Explorer, the newest 2018 Nissan Pathfinder fails to impress customers in terms of being athletic. The Explorer has got a better handling while Nissan has taken care to provide spacious interiors and a quieter ride. But the occasional drags and lower quality material make it a slightly less favorable vehicle.
Expect the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder to come up with more viable options, particularly in terms of power train and comfort.