The current, precisely the fourth generation of the Nissan three-row crossover Pathfinder is on the market for several years when it has been redesign as the 2013 model year. Since then it has received a couple of changes and upgrades. And recently the Nissan manufacturer has revealed the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder which has brought several minor upgrades. However, the latest news also suggests that the Company is planning to reveal the newest version of this model. It is going to be the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder.
The Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize three-row SUV crossover which stands between the smaller Rogue and the larger Armada models. It is a solid and functional vehicle which offers spacious cabin so it is ideal for large families and long journeys as well. It is comfortable, well-equipped and it has great towing capacities. Under the hood, it features a strong V-6 unit and when we compared it to its main rivals, it shows sufficient fuel economy.
The just-released 2018 model year has brought some small upgrades this time. Those include automatic emergency braking which now comes standard on all trim levels. Furthermore, it has also gotten the newest rear-seat alert system which reminds to check the rear seats before leaving the vehicle which is now also standard.
Speaking of the newest 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, there is still no any official information. It has been caught during its testing but since it has been fully camouflaged, we weren’t able to see the precise changes. However, judging by the heavy camouflage, we can only conclude that there will be some styling changes this time. Under the hood, we expect the same unit as before, and inside the cabin, we could only see some materials upgrades. It will most likely continue to be offered in the same trim levels as the current model. Those include the base S, mid-range SV, and the top ranging Platinum. Its key competitors will be Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9.
2019 Nissan Pathfinder engine and performance
The upcoming 2019 Nissan Pathfinder will probably get the same drivetrain as the current model. So, all the trims will get a single unit under the hood. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which is able to develop 284 horses and 259 pound-feet of torque. This unit will pair with a continuously variable transmission. Furthermore, it will be available with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. As for the fuel economy, with all-wheel drive system, it gets 19/26/22 mpg. With front-wheel drive it is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. Its top speed will be limited to 120 mph and it will be able to hit 60 mph in around 7.4 seconds.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior design, the Nissan Pathfinder features attractive and conservative design. The 2018 model year has gotten more squared edges especially on the front and rear bumpers which have given it more masculine appearance. However, for the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, we are hoping to see more styling changes. Although the prototype model has been heavily camouflaged, we could see the boxier rear end. As well, on the front end, we can expect revised grille, bumpers, and restyled headlamps. Moving to the rear, there will most likely be new taillights. Moreover, it will ride on the standard 18-inch wheels while the Platinum trim will ride on the larger 20-inch wheels.
The interior of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder will be very spacious offering three rows of seats. It will be able to welcome up to seven passengers. However, the third row will be most suitable for children. All the seats are cozy and upholstered in standard cloth. However, the mid-range and range-topping trims will get leather upholstery. The third row can also be folded down for more cargo space which is generally very good. The dashboard will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system.
As for the equipment, it will come standard with keyless ignition, satellite radio, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a 4.0-inch driver information display etc. The SL trim will add a heated steering wheel, navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, heated and power-adjustable front seats and so on. The Platinum trim will include LED headlights, premium audio, heated and cooled front seats, dual-pane moonroof and wood grain details. The rear-seat entertainment system will be optional.
Release date and price
We still don’t have any precise information about the release date of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder. However, we assume that it won’t appear before the middle or late 2018. As for the price, we can only guess, and we think that it should be slightly higher than the price of the current Pathfinder. It starts at around $31,000.