2018 Nissan Pathfinder might subject to serious changes

The Nissan Pathfinder has been around for quite some time; thirty years in fact. It was first introduced back in 1986 and was a sort of hybrid vehicle – neither a utility truck or (what we would now know) a crossover. However, as the production line continued, it became more refined and upgraded and is now one of the best-selling crossovers in the U.S.

The reason for this is that it comes well equipped, has a decent power plant, and doesn’t look too bad, although they do say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (personally, we aren’t keen on the looks of the Pathfinder).

As with a lot of new models, the manufacturer (Nissan) are keeping quiet about the details of the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, but from what we’ve seen, we would expect to see the new version hitting the dealerships towards the end of 2017.

Will The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Have Significant Changes?

This is more of an educated guess, but knowing the market and the competition, we would expect to see the new Pathfinder starting in the region of $32,000, with higher spec trims going for just over $50,000.

There is talk of significant changes to the style of the Pathfinder, although we can’t confirm that. If they do restyle it, it will remain unmistakably Pathfinder but just … better and more modern. We definitely know that the bumpers, lights and grille will be changed, as we’ve said so many times, it’s an easy fix for any manufacturer. Headlights and tail lights will now be all LED.

Some Rumors About The New Engines

Under the hood, we think that Nissan will stick with the existing 3.5 liter V6 engine; it makes 260 BHP and is smooth as silk, definitely no need to change it out just yet, although perhaps Nissan will tweak it for economy.

There is a rumor that we may see a V8 engine in the line-up as well, but we aren’t so sure that will happen, especially when those mentioning it say it’s good for just over 300 BHP – that isn’t enough of an upgrade in power to warrant a V8 – overall, the V6 will be much better suited.

Whatever the motor choice, it will send power to the wheels via a 2-speed CVT transmission.

While on the subject of powertrain; we think we may see a hybrid version appearing later on in the production cycle, although Nissan haven’t confirmed (or denied) that rumor.


2017-05-25 by Luke Widmeyer