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by Tim Beissmann

One week out from their Geneva Motor Show debut, Nissan has revealed the full details of the updated Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Navara ranges.

Headlining the mid-life upgrade is an all-new direct injection V6 turbodiesel.

Developed by the Renault Nissan Alliance, the unique power plant sits at the unusual vee angle of 65 degrees and its block is made of Carbon Graphite Iron, which Nissan says offers all the stiffness and noise absorption benefits of cast iron without the weight penalty.

Power output peaks at 170kW and torque is a class-leading 550Nm between 1700 and 2500rpm. All of this is achieved while complying with Euro 5 standards, thanks to Exhaust Gas Recirculation which reduces NOx emissions and a metallic oxidation catalytic converter, exothermic catalyst and a catalytic diesel particulate filter.

The result is stronger low-end performance and more refined delivery, with the Patherfinder capable of towing a 3500kg braked trailer and the Navara topping out at 3000kg.

The 2.5 four-cylinder dCi has also been improved in every area. Power and torque are both up 11 percent to 140kW/450Nm, combined cycle fuel consumption is down 1.3 litres/100km in the manual to 8.5 and CO2 emissions have fallen 40g/km to 224.

The usual styling changes apply with minor freshening tweaks to the front and rear, with lights, bumpers and bonnets getting reworked to be rounder at the front and squarer at the rear.

Inside is a similar story with updated trims, chrome highlights, revised dials, larger storage bins and the availability of a new high-resolution touch screen.

Already available on the Pathfinder, stability control and a rear view camera are now also available on the Navara.

Launching in Geneva on March 2, the new-look Pathfinder and Navara ranges will go on sale throughout Europe from April, with the V6 turbodiesel to complete the range in June.

Nissan Australia’s Jeff Fisher confirmed a local launch will follow in May for both model lines, but said we won’t be getting the 3.0-litre V6 yet.

“It’s an expensive engine at the moment to us and it would take Pathfinder out of the price bracket where we believe it’s effective.

“It’s not on the agenda but we’re looking at it as a possibility for the future,” Mr Fisher said.

Sales of Navara and Pathfinder have started strongly in Australia in 2010 with the two models accounting for more than 38 percent of Nissan’s total new vehicle sales in January.




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