Given the fact, rivals like Ford and Honda have upped the ante already. The Nissan Pathfinder 2018 full-sized SUV is also getting revamped as a result. The 2018 test prototype has been spotted at some places. Upon release, the SUV will battle it out with contenders like Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. This time, it may actually be made available in Europe.
Based on compact pickup platform, the Pathfinder is among the top-selling vehicles of Nissan. Since its inception way back in 1985, the model has undergone numerous changes. The vehicle is now pitted in midsized SUV category and it has decent off-road handling prowess. The three-row SUV received a good revamp in 2017. For 2018, Nissan introduces mild design changes, new colors, and a set of advanced safety features.
Nissan Pathfinder 2018 – Redesign Features:
The exterior styling of 2018 Pathfinder is aggressive and enticing. It is more aerodynamic than the existing model. The car is sold in 4 trims- S, SV, SL and range-topping Platinum. Exterior color choices are Caspian blue, Gun metallic, Glacier white and two new colors added are Midnight Pine and Scarlet Ember. The front side gets new V motion grille and squared off the bumper. The rear side also looks stylish with wraparound Led taillights.
The Midnight Edition package is aimed at those who want their SUV to look sleek and stand out in the crowd. This edition adds black 20-inch aluminum wheels, black mirror caps, black grille surround, special roof rails and the blacked out design is in the cabin too. It can be applied on SL and upper trims.
The cabin of 2018 Pathfinder has been designed with usability in mind but it is not drab-looking as such. The base trim is somewhat spartan but the Platinum trim can rival luxury cars. There are 3 rows of seats and adults will find it comfortable in front two rows. The default cargo space is just 16 cubic feet.
Nissan Pathfinder 2018 – Powertrain and Specs:
2018 Nissan Pathfinder has single powertrain choice – a 3.5-liter V6 engine which churns out 284 HP. It is mated to a CVT unit. Fuel economy is good for its class. The powertrain is not exactly ideal for raw performance seekers but it is no slouch too.
The new Nissan Pathfinder for is laden with several advanced safety features and modern amenities. It gets rear seat reminder, dual-stage front airbags, side airbags along with forwarding automatic emergency braking. SL and Platinum trims get rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitors. All trims get rearview camera, Traction Control System, TPMS and Vehicle Immobilizer System.
Standard features include keyless ignition, driver information display, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, 8.0-inch touch screen display. S trim gets Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Remote keyless entry, Power windows, intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt DC power outlets etc.
SV trim gets leather wrapped steering wheel, remote start and parking assist. SL trim level adds leather upholstery, power liftgate, heated steering wheel, navigation, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control etc. Top notch Platinum trim adds 20-inch wheels, wood grain accents, Bose premium audio, cooled front seats, and optional back seat entertainment system. The last is part of Nissan Mobile Entertainment System Package.
Nissan Pathfinder 2018 – Price and Release Date:
Expected base price of 2018 Pathfinder is $31000. It will be released in late 2017.
The Nissan Pathfinder 2018 is a nice upgrade to the company’s popular full sized SUV. The design changes are nice and its amenities and technology features give the SUV some edge over segment rivals. Some details about the engines are yet to be revealed. However, Nissan can make it a winner by keeping the pricing competitive.
Summing it up
2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a nice full-sized SUV with great styling and safety features. Despite single powertrain choice, it has potential to cope up with segment rivals.