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by George Skentzos

Update: Nissan Pathfinder Review

The updated Nissan Pathfinder range has now arrived in Australia boasting class-leading pulling power from its enhanced 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine.

Coupled with improved equipment levels across each model grade, revised interior and refreshed styling, the Nissan Pathfinder is aiming to edge ahead of its immediate competitors in the medium SUV segment.

While the capacity of the 2.5-litre turbo diesel power plant remains unchanged, peak power has been increased by 11 per cent, up to 140kW, and peak torque is now 450Nm – a 12 per cent improvement.

The new engine – which is available across the range in ST, ST-L and Ti guises – also boosts the braked-towing capacity of the Nissan Pathfinder to 3,000kg.

Fuel consumption and emission levels have improved with the manual transmission model returning 8.5-litres per 100km combined – a 15 percent improvement – while the automatic transmission achieves 9.0-litres per 100km combined.

The revised model also receives a new bonnet, grille, new headlight design and front bumper assembly which adds 80mm to the Pathfinder’s overall length.

The range-topping Nissan Pathfinder Ti models now feature Xenon headlamps which boast auto levelling and headlight washers concealed in the bumper moulding.

Inside, the cabin has been freshened with revised door trims, new seat fabric, including leather seat trim for ST-L models and chrome highlights.

The higher-spec models also feature electrically adjustable and heated front seats, as well as driver seat and door mirror memory settings while the previous wood grain trim is replaced by a more modern and fresh metallic trim.

All models in the Nissan Pathfinder range are now equipped with a Bluetooth phone system and audio controls on the steering wheel, with the ST model adding a six-disc sound system with iPod connectivity.

An Intelligent Key is now offered with the ST-L and Ti models allowing keyless entry for added convenience, while the ST-L model adds the rear parking sensors previously fitted to Ti models.

The Nissan Pathfinder Ti boasts a hard drive-based Satellite Navigation system complete with seven-inch touch screen control, 3D navigation guide and local points of interest information.

New Nissan Pathfinder Pricing

  • ST Man $48,490
  • ST Diesel Auto $51,490
  • ST-L Diesel Man $56,490
  • ST-L Diesel Auto $59,490
  • Ti Diesel Auto $65,990



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