The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is spied for the first time, confirming rumors about the redesign. The last update was in 2019, but the new three-row SUV could hit the new generation. It is time since the current, fourth-gen Pathfinder dates back from 2013. With the growing competition and more and more companies launching mid-size SUVs, Nissan will have to improve the offer to maintain its popularity.
We will see big changes around the vehicle. Well, Nissan announced big plans for the next season and Pathfinder could be one of the stars. Whatsoever, there are also new Infiniti models and Rogue hybrid on the way, so it is not going to be easy to make a breakthrough. More self-driving systems are also an option, and the Japanese company said Level 4 of the autonomous drive is the main goal. Well, it is not going to happen so soon.
The new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder could also get a hybrid drivetrain. What’s more, we hear rumors about the PHEV system. Do not exclude an all-electric model in a few years from now. The company will also update the entire drive system. The center of most models remains a V6 unit.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Specs
So, the main source of power is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with the capability to produce 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Outputs are similar to the main rivals. However, the reliability of this powerplant is the reason for Pathfinder’s popularity (and all other models using the same engine). It comes in pair with the CVT gearbox. Well, we believe that SUV could gain a better mileage if the company replaces the transmission. But, this is not going to happen, most likely.
Front-wheel drive is standard and this mode returns 20/27 mpg. All-wheel drive is optional and it consumes slightly more fuel. One of the advantages of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder with a V6 is towing capacity. While most competitors offer 5,000 pounds, this unit is capable to pull 6,000 lbs.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
Experts believe this must be the priority for Nissan. Toyota Highlander hybrid made a strong impact when it arrived and for some while, this was the only mid-size three-row model with such technology. Now, we also have a few premium SUVs using hybrid engines – Lincoln Aviator, Acura MDX, and Lexus LX. The latest addition to the class is Ford Explorer, and Honda is going to present Pilot hybrid this year.
Some sources claim that the Japanese company could skip this system. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid might get the plug-in technology to maximize outputs and offer some electric range. This would be the big news for the segment, and if any company is capable to do this, that is Nissan.
Spy Photos and Redesign
Heavy covers are hiding the vehicle, but the size tells us the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is being tested on streets with the new look. The SUV is less boxy than before. Now, its shape is more aggressive and car-like. Shades on the camouflage unveil a larger V-Motion grille. We could see this change in the latest Altima sedan. Headlights are not exposed as on the current generation.
Looking from the sides, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder seems to be very similar to the outgoing model. We believe the new one will get a lower roof, which might slope a bit towards the rear end.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
We could not peak inside the new SUV. Still, a lot of changes must make the cabin more comfortable. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder remains a seven-seater with more than 80 cubic feet of cargo space. Designers must also work on easier access to the third row, which is suitable only for children. The big downside of the current model is a lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota couldn’t make it without these services, so Nissan will add them soon as well. Fans hope next season. ProPilot is one of the most advanced systems with self-driving and driver aid features. Nevertheless, the new edition will make is more autonomous.
Release Date and Versions
The new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is on the streets. We still don’t know which phase of development is reached, but we are not too far away from production since the SUV is being tested. This is one of the best-selling and most important models in the USA, so we will probably see it among the first.
The company will update the trim levels and options, that is for sure. However, there is no too much room for the price increase. The new model could start around $33,000. S, SV, SL, and Platinum are current versions and the upcoming SUV will also get some special version, Platinum Reserve, Platinum, or Midnight edition.