When Nissan debuted the 2013 Pathfinder concept at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, it was clear that little would change in the transition to production. Photos released last week confirmed that the shape stays largely the same, and now the veil has been mostly dropped from the seven-passenger Pathfinder’s spec sheet and interior.
The 2013 Pathfinder represents the second time the nameplate has been glued to a unibody vehicle; the second-generation SUV, phased out in 2003, was the first. Ditching the heavy—but robust—frame and using a liberal amount of high-strength steel has cut weight by 500 pounds compared to the previous model, which we liked well enough upon its introduction to award it the silver medal in a six-ute shootout. It was clearly in need of replacement, however, by the time it finished third out of four in a 2010 comparo.
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At the 2012 Detroit Auto Display, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder made its notion debut. Even so, at the time Nissan targeted considerably its focus on the exterior redesign of the Pathfinder. Today, Nissan is showing us far more of the interior along with some significant particulars on what we can anticipate when the new model goes on sale.
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“As Nissan has expanded its assortment of adventure-prepared SUVs to include Armada, Xterra, Murano, Rogue and JUKE, Pathfinder maintains its extremely important place in the heart of the lineup and the market place – as a proper-dimension, three-row/7-passenger SUV with the seating and cargo capacity that developing households want,” explained Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “As families invest more time in their SUVs every day as effectively as on weekends, the subsequent-gen Pathfinder is stepping up with enhanced comfort, innovative engineering, elevated fuel effectiveness, and most importantly, more flexibility for the family members.”
The unibody platform of the new Nissan Pathfinder delivers much more advantages such as a flat floor for much more interior volume.
Some of the things we can count on from the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s interior:
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The Chevrolet Colorado has stirred up more buzz than any mid-size pickup has in a very long time—a little surprising, since it hasn’t officially been confirmed for sale in the United States. Is it just another case of us wanting what we can’t have? Perhaps, and Chevrolet seems to want it that way. While some quotes from the division the past few months indicate the global Colorado will indeed be built and sold in America within the next two years, the company’s communications staff continues to give us the cold shoulder when asked for outright confirmation.
Interest has again spiked, because, as you can see in these spy photos, there’s going to be an SUV version. As you’ll remember, Chevrolet stopped producing truck-based mid-size SUVs here with the death of the TrailBlazer; the unibody Equinox and Traverse now represent the bowtie in their respective classes. There is recent precedent for a small-pickup-based GM SUV, however, in the form of the Hummer H3, which used the current Colorado as its base. If the new pickup is in fact headed here (and we think it should be), Chevrolet just might see a market for truck-based sport-utes as well. Nissan serves as an example of car- and truck-based utes living in harmony, with the Murano, the Pathfinder, and the Xterra being sold side-by-side for some time now.
Both the Colorado pickup and SUV are still heavily camouflaged in these spy photos, but imagining how they’ll look isn’t hard. The open-bed version should look nearly identical to the concept shown back in March. Now, remember back to when the Chevy S-10 and the Blazer were both on sale and it’s easy to picture the SUV, even if that tall, boxy camo is throwing off the proportions. If or when Chevrolet launches it here, we expect it’ll be spun as an active-lifestyle alternative to the city dweller’s Equinox.
As far as engine choices go, it’s easiest to imagine a U.S.-spec Colorado getting the corporate 3.6-liter V-6 because, well, every mid-size anything under the GM umbrella makes use of that engine. The Equinox’s naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four is another option, although we’d love to see both a turbo four and a small turbo-diesel (as was installed in a second Colorado truck concept) used to make smaller pickup trucks and any resulting SUVs relevant again. Hopefully, more details will come soon, but we have plenty of time to continue speculating—don’t expect either of these vehicles to show up before 2013.
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