Despite the BoF past, the Pathfinder tends to be modern these days, so it rides on a car-like unibody platform. The current generation switched to it seven years ago and despite that still features a couple of pretty strong points, it definitely needs updates. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the latest reports are suggesting a complete overhaul for the near future. Most likely, this will happen in the next year, when we expect to see a completely new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder.
Changes and improvements are expected in all aspect. The current model may be practical, but definitely lacks the refinement of a modern SUV. The ride is stiff, while the interior looks outdated. Also, we would definitely like to see more tech features, despite that the current infotainment system is easy to use. Novelties are possible under the hood as well. We expect to see an all-new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder sometime in the next year.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
The current generation of the Pathfinder has been around since 2012, so you may presume that there is a lot of things to be improved. Therefore, the new model is about to come soon. We have no doubt it will stick to the unibody platform and become an even better crossover. The days of good-old off-road-capable Pathfinder are gone. This is now a modern crossover, which will become even more car-like after this redesign. We expect that the company will put the focus on comfort and convenience, especially of a softer ride and better handling.
Of course, this redesign will bring new aesthetics as well. The current model looks like a typical previous-generation Nissan and definitely needs something more up to date if the company wants to make it more competitive. Therefore, we expect the implementation of the brand’s latest design language. The new model should be sleeker and also feature the new V-Motion layout.
Some reports suggest that the new model could also get a little bit bigger. The current measures around 114.2 inches in wheelbase, which is already pretty typical for the class. However, if we consider that most rivals are becoming bigger, in order to provide more space in the third row, we could expect the same from the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder.
This is where we expect a lot of improvements. The current model definitely looks outdated in this aspect. The dashboard is bland and lacks opulence of a modern crossover. Still, the quality of materials is on a decent level. So, you may presume in which direction 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will go. The more stylish dashboard is the first thing that comes to mind, while we also expect to see a lot of modern features.
One of the first things that come to mind is a new infotainment system. The current one is easy to use, but that’s mostly because of its simplicity and not so many functions. We count on better graphics, more options, as well as on smartphone goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
With a couple of more inches, the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder should also feature more space on the inside. The current model is already pretty decent in this aspect. However, the third row isn’t quite adult-friendly, but that’s a typical issue for the class. The new generation should solve this issue to some point. Also, we count on a little bit more cargo space. The current model is okay in this aspect, but most rivals offer slightly more cargo space.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engines
One of the rare aspects where the current model is strong and competitive is powertrain. The current model comes with a capable 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 285 horsepower. A CVT gearbox may not be the most attractive choice for the great driving experience, but there are several benefits on the other side. This particularly refers to fuel economy, as this large SUV returns pretty solid 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg in the class. Moreover, the Pathfinder is one of the most capable models in the class, as it can tow up to pretty respectable 6.000 pounds.
There is enough reason to expect that the current powertrain will carry on. Of course, a couple of modifications seems natural, particularly in terms of power and slightly improved fuel economy.
Some reports are also suggesting that the company could offer a smaller, four-cylinder option, reserved for base trims. It sounds possible, though we will have to wait to hear officials on this matter.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
We expect to see the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder sometime in the next year. We don’t expect to see any significant price changes, so base versions should go around 32.000 dollars. Competition in the segment is pretty tough. Some of the biggest rivals are models like Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 etc.