The upcoming 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row SUV designed to replace a minivan, but with a rugged exterior and some towing and off-road capability. To that aim, Nissan is redesigning the Pathfinder for 2022, intending to compete with segment leaders like the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Palisade, and Kia Telluride.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but buyers who wish to go off-road will want the optional all-wheel-drive system. The cabin accommodates seven or eight passengers in three rows, with modern technology offered as an option. Anyway, Pathfinder will be completely redesigned for 2022, and here’s everything you need to know about this impressive SUV.
2022 Pathfinder Redesign
The new-gen 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will be redesigned. Sadly, this SUV will retain its present D platform. However, this design will be updated to improve ride quality. This may result in greater dimensions. Pathfinder’s current length is 197.2 inches. However, Nissan will focus on the new design this time. While many people dislike Pathfinder, the new model will look very modern and competitive.
The new style looks good, especially the front that resembles the Patrol model. The V-Motion grille won’t change much, but it will seem bolder. New headlights and taillights are optional, as are new wheels. Lastly, Nissan will introduce new exterior colors and new optional wheels.
Inside, the 2022 Pathfinder outperforms the outgoing model. The interior design is significantly more modern and it will wear more premium materials. The Pathfinder is still a three-row SUV, but buyers can now choose captain’s chairs instead of the conventional bench seat. This time around, Nissan has included more storage cubbies, including a huge bin accessible by the driver or front-seat passenger. Luxury features include semi-aniline leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and heated/ventilated front seats.
As always before, Nissan will introduce the latest driver-assistance aids and more standard features. The SL and Platinum models come standard with a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that runs the newest NissanConnect infotainment system. Upper trim levels feature a 12.3-inch digital gauge, a wireless smartphone charger, a head-up display.
No More CVT Transmission
The next-generation 2022 Pathfinder keeps the current 284-hp 3.5-liter V6 from the previous generation. However, Pathfinder SUV ditches the CVT for a new nine-speed automated. All-wheel drive is optional on all variants. All-wheel drive adds seven drive modes, which is another improvement. The Pathfinder’s ride is smooth, and Nissan’s attention to sound deadening components makes the cabin especially quiet when traveling.
With a loaded AWD setup, Pathfinder delivers 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. A standard front-wheel-drive system provides slightly better fuel economy ratings. Lastly, a hybrid powertrain should also be on offer. It will add around 13 additional horses and 9 lb-ft of torque. However, the fuel efficiency will be significantly better.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Release Date
The price of the forthcoming 2022 Nissan Pathfinder starts at around $34,500. The range-topping Platinum trim level will cost $47,500. The Japanese manufacturer will release a new Pathfinder in the coming weeks in the United States.