Nissan releases more images and info on trio of 2008 trucks
Perhaps looking to increase the buzz factor before the 2007 Chicago Auto Show next week, Nissan has released even more images and info on the trio of trucks it will be debuting, which includes the 2008 Titan, Armada and Pathfinder. To recap, the Titan gets a new long-wheelbase version with a 7-foot bed, as well as an off-road PRO-4X trim. The one and only engine is an updated 5.7-liter V8 now producing 317 horsepower and 385 ft-lbs. of torque, which is good for a top tow-rating of 9,500 lbs. that falls below that of the domestics and Toyota's new Tundra.
The Armada gets a refreshened face up front, but the bigger news is on the inside where a new dash makes this full-size SUV an easier ship to sale. Finally, the Pathfinder also gets styling tweaks inside and out, but it's big news is under the hood where a 300-horsepower 5.6L V8 is now an option.
You can check all the numerous big and little tweaks these three trucks received in the press releases located after the jump, or check at all three galleries we've assembled of available high-res images.
PRESS RELEASE: 2008 Nissan Titan
Rugged Utility and Performance Additions Beef Up 2008 Titan's Work and Play Capabilities
– Long Wheelbase Option, PRO-4X Off-Road Grade Bring A Strong "Any Job, Any Place" Dimension to Titan Lineup –
For 2008, the Nissan Titan full-size pickup builds on its already extensive résumé with the addition of a new Long Wheelbase (LWB) version and a new Titan PRO-4X model, designed to enhance Titan's already strong reputation as the truck of choice for work or adventure. The 2008 Titan, which will be available in spring 2007, is now offered in four models – XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE; two cab styles – King Cab and Crew Cab; four bed lengths – 5'6" and 7' for Crew Cab, 6'6" and 8' for King Cab; 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations; and continued from last year, Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) capability (E85 Ethanol) as a no-cost option.
The new Titan LWB models feature a longest-in-class* 7' bed with the Crew Cab body configuration and an 8' bed with the King Cab body. Titan LWB models also include a new largest-in-class* 37-gallon fuel tank for increased driving range. The new Titan PRO-4X model offers a special off-road equipment package, including Rancho® shock absorbers, a lower final gear ratio, two additional skid plates, electronic locking rear differential, white-faced interior gauges, body-color exterior trim and special interior styling and trim.
The 2008 Titan also features freshened styling, with a revised front end, wheel lip moldings and all-new wheel styles. Inside, Titan features a new seat design and refined meter clusters.
Other 2008 Titan enhancements include available Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, factory-installed XM® satellite radio tuner, heated leather-appointed bench seat, a revised center stack and a larger, 8.0-inch DVD screen (up from 7.0-inch). A new beige interior color and two new exterior colors – Desert Stone and Timberline – are now available.
Titan continues to boast first-in-class* innovations such as Wide-Open rear doors (King Cab) that open nearly 180 degrees for unobstructed rear cab access, an available high-utility bed that includes an industry-exclusive factory-applied spray-on bedliner, a Utili-track tie-down system that provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility and a segment-exclusive integrated, lockable bedside storage compartment.
"The Titan lineup continues to expand in terms of both selection and flexibility, giving Titan buyers the perfect choice for just about any work or adventure need they might have," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "The PRO-4X and Long Wheelbase Titans embody our full-size truck philosophy, allowing drivers to take more cargo across more terrain in style and comfort."
New Titan PRO-4X Model
Titan's all-new PRO-4X trim offers drivers outstanding off-road flexibility, pairing Titan's already impressive list of standard equipment features with the PRO-4X's off-road performance enhancements.
The PRO-4X features Rancho performance shock absorbers, a lower final drive ratio (to 3.357), additional skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case, a class-exclusive Electronic Locking Rear Differential and unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with off-road style center caps and largest-in-class* P275/70R18 all-terrain tires.
Inside, the PRO-4X receives styling cues that differentiate it from the rest of the Titan lineup with unique meters and gauges, seats featuring an embroidered PRO-4X logo, red stitching and available leather-appointed red-stitched shifter knob and steering wheel.
All PRO-4Xs feature body-colored grille and bumpers, an identifying decal over the rear fender and a number of subtle exterior trim components to achieve a sportier look.
A Refined Engine with Outstanding Towing Power
For 2008, every Titan again offers Nissan's advanced Endurance V8 as standard equipment. The all-aluminum 5.6-liter V8 engine received an increase for the 2007 model year to 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, ratings that continue in 2008. The use of advanced engine technology such as aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, and Super Silent single-stage timing chain result in enhanced fuel economy with no sacrifice of performance.
The 2008 Titan will again be available with Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology as a no-cost option. Equipped with a common fuel tank designed to run on varying blends of gasoline with ethanol (up to E85) or other fuel, Titan FFV offers an alternative to conventional gasoline, utilizing the growing number of alternative-fuel stations in the United States.
Titan's standard 5-speed automatic transmission was designed especially for heavy-duty truck use, with emphasis on serious towing. Each component was created for full-size truck application, and a wide gear ratio was used to create a high performance control system producing top-class acceleration, power and shift quality. For 4WD models, Titan adapts an advanced shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes with electronic control part-time transfer case.
Titan features a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped) – as much as some 3/4-ton pickups.
Titan utilizes a rugged, fully boxed high-strength all-steel F-Alpha platform for enhanced crash performance and long-term durability.
Titan's responsive handling is a product of its all-steel double wishbone front suspension design and overslung leaf spring (dual rate) rear suspension with shackles mounted along the frame sides to increase departure angle.
For 2008, Titan offers new standard 18-inch wheels on XE, SE and PRO-4X models and new 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard on the Titan LE.
Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is standard, along with 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
A Refined Interior For 2008
Titan's interior features refined styling for 2008 with new seat styling, new meter design and added differentiation between each model grade.
Access to the King Cab's interior is aided by its standard Wide-Open rear doors that swing open nearly 180 degrees, providing unprecedented access to the rear seats. Key to the door's design is a hefty, two-stage hinge with four axis of rotation. The door opens first to a conventional 85 degrees, then can be swung the rest of the way up to 168 degrees.
Two interior configurations are available – a standard bench seat with column shifter, which seats six passengers or an optional Captain's Chair Package with two front bucket seats, which seats five passengers and offers a large center console and gated floor shifter.
The center console can hold a variety of beverage containers, including a 1-liter bottle. A 12-volt adapter is equipped in the storage area and can be used as a power source for a phone or other electronic devices.
The storage in the center console offers passengers a variety of storage choices, with size adjusted by simply removing or adding dividers. The console's storage box can also accommodate hanging file folders and contains holders for maps, paper, pens and business cards on the console lid.
Among the Titan's many interior features are standard flip-up 60/40 rear seat cushions for added cargo space and flexibility, with grocery hooks on the bottom of the seat cushions. The rear floor was designed to be nearly flat for maximum cargo utility.
The Crew Cab's rear seat is large and relaxing, with a full 24 degrees of seat back angle, helping passengers take full advantage of the Crew Cab's Titan's 126 cubic feet of available space, including front and rear seat leg room of 41.8 inches and 40.4 inches, respectively. Both King Cab and Crew Cab Titans' rear compartments offer ample rear storage, including door storage bins and rear door bottle holders in the armrests and available power front windows with one-touch auto up/down function (not available on King Cab XE models). All Titan Crew Cab models feature a standard power down/up rear bed access cab window.
An available overhead console system gives passengers more storage options. The console houses rear audio controls and also contains dampened storage bins for both front and rear passengers for items like sunglasses, CDs, cell phone, PDA or a small tissue box. Crew Cab models offer an optional rear-seat DVD Mobile Theatre System with fold-down 8.0-inch monitor, up in 2008 from the previous model's 7.0-inch screen.
Titan features an available fold-flat front passenger seat that allows extra versatility and can also be used as a working area. Additionally, available power-adjustable front seats with a driver's seat memory system and heated seats provide added convenience. Titan also offers available power-adjustable foot pedals with memory.
A Dynamic Exterior Design and High Utility Bed
For the new model year, Crew Cab Titans will be offered as a Standard Wheelbase Model, with a 5-foot-6-inch bed, or a Long Wheelbase Model that offers the longest Crew Cab bed in class, measuring a full 7'. King Cab Standard and Long Wheelbase models will feature beds 6'6" and 8' long, respectively. All Long Wheelbase Models feature a largest-in-class* 37-gallon fuel tank, lengthening Titan's driving distance between fill-ups.
Titan's available spray-on bedliner helps prevent scratch damage and corrosion to the bed and inner tailgate surface. Thinner than drop-in bedliners or typical aftermarket spray-on applications, the Titan bedliner also maximizes bed volume. It is the first offered by any original equipment manufacturer and is covered by the Nissan warranty.
Also available is the Utili-track tie-down channel system, with five special "C" cross-section rails that are mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel).
Removable utility cleats (rated at 200 pounds) slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for cargo tie-down. The channels are open at the rear of the bed, allowing the cleats to be completely removed when not in use for easy cleaning.
Nissan offers an extensive line of bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units, along with bike and kayak racks and other accessories.
The Titan bed also includes four standard stake pockets and, as required for a working pickup, carries 4x8-foot plywood sheets easily between the wheel housings. Titan's bed includes a standard dampened tailgate assist that aids in the effort to open and close the tailgate.
Titan also features an innovative bedside storage compartment located behind the rear driver's side wheel. The bedside storage bin is designed to hold common truck items such as work gloves, chains, rope, road flares, first aid kit or a hitch ball.
The compartment is double-sealed to help prevent the intrusion of water and dust (though the compartment is not designed to be waterproof in case of submersion) and uses the Titan ignition key for unlocking.
Safety and Security
The 2008 Titan includes a long list of safety equipment, including Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger occupant classification sensor; available front seat-mounted side-impact and roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags that help provide side-impact and rollover protection for outboard passengers; front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, pretensioners and load limiters; front seat Active Head Restraints; three-point rear passenger seat belts; and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system.
Driver and passenger confidence is accentuated with an extensive list of vehicle-incorporated safety features including a Zone Body construction with front and rear structure crumple zones, an energy absorbing steering column, hood buckling creases with safety stops, knee bolsters and special body side reinforcements and a shift interlock system.
2008 Model Lineup and Manufacturing
The 2008 Nissan Titan King Cab and Titan Crew Cab are offered in four models – XE, SE and LE, each with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations – and PRO-4X (4WD only).
Each is offered with a long list of standard equipment including a powerful 5.6-liter Endurance V8, 5-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode, power rack-and-pinion steering and 18-inch wheels and tires.
Titan XE models are equipped with a standard 40/20/40 split front bench seat with a center seat fold-down armrest storage bin, split fold-up rear seat and three-point seat belts for five positions. XE and SE 2WD models are available with a Traction Package (standard on LE) that includes 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS) and front tow hooks.
The new PRO-4X grade adds 18 x 8J alloy wheels with off-road-style center cap, largest-in-class* P275/70R18 off-road tires, body-color front and rear bumpers and grille, a lockable bedside storage box, unique interior features including unique meters and gauges, splash guards, the off-road equipment detailed above and auto on/off headlamps.
Titan SE models include standard 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and P265/70R18 tires and chrome steel center bumper, while LE models add 6-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, standard high-utility bed, leather-appointed seating, Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers, dual-zone auto-climate control system and power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim, and integrated turn signal.
Optional SE equipment packages include a Popular Package (equipped with split bench seat or bucket seats) including upgraded audio system with steering wheel audio controls, rearview mirror, temperature and UGDO, proximity sensors and adjustable pedals; and Popular Rockford Fosgate Package, which includes Popular Package contents plus premium sound Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system and, new for 2008, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system and XM® satellite radio tuner.
Other available equipment and packages include sunroof, Navigation Package with DVD-based navigation system and Utility Bed Package with C-channel tie down system, bedside storage, rear bed lighting and power point and spray-on bedliner. The Titan's Tow Package includes receiver hitch, lower final gear ratio, additional 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake prewiring, transmission temperature gauge, extending mirrors and heavy-duty battery.
PRESS RELEASE: 2008 Nissan Armada
Improved 2008 Armada Refined and Rugged For On and Off-Road Family Adventures
Nissan Armada powers into 2008 with improvements that add to its appeal as the full-size family SUV. With a more luxurious and refined interior, enhanced technology features, new exterior style, new colors and new option packages, Armada continues its award-winning ways.
The 2008 Armada features a new front fascia, new headlamp and fog lamp designs, new one-piece roof rack design, revised rear fascia, 20-inch wheel and tire package (LE only) and two new exterior colors – Desert Stone and Timberline.
Inside the new SUV offers a 3rd row power folding 60/40 seat (optional LE), new interior colors and fabrics, new gated shifter, new woodgrain accents (LE only), heated steering wheel (LE only), a lockable glove compartment and revised steering wheel and combination meter illumination. New technology enhancements include an Intelligent Key with twist start (standard LE, optional SE), enhanced Bose® sound system with Music Box hard drive and 3rd row speakers and amplifier (standard LE, optional SE), Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System (standard on LE), improved available Nissan Navigation system with a XM® NavTraffic™ system with real-time traffic information (XM contract required) and a larger 8.0-inch screen for the optional DVD Entertainment Package.
"With its enhanced appearance and functionality, the 2008 Armada is more worthy than ever of Nissan's flagship SUV status," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
"Between its exterior style, luxurious interior, utility features, seating for eight, available technology features and environmentally-conscious Flexible Fuel Vehicle option, Armada is the complete package," he continued.
With customer-friendly features like three-row, eight-passenger seating, ample 2nd row leg room, roof-mounted curtain air bags for all three rows and up to 9,100-pound maximum towing capacity, Armada has been awarded the top honors in two customer opinion-based studies - buyer-perceived overall quality by the Strategic Vision research firm in the Large SUV class of its 2006 Total Quality Index, and "Most Appealing Large Premium Multi-Activity Vehicle" by J.D. Power and Associates' 2006 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) study.
Armada's strength comes from a 5.6-liter V8 producing 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, with available Flexible Fuel Vehicle technology (FFV), allowing drivers to use traditional gasoline or an alternative fuel such as E85, a mix containing 85 percent renewable ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
Distinguished Exterior Image
Armada's distinctive styling mixes modern cues with traditional ruggedness, only enhanced by the aggressive new front fascia styling with new front fog lamps, new halogen headlamp design, new one-piece roof rack design and new front and rear body-color fascias. New 20-inch wheels complete the look (LE model).
With a wide stance, long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs, Armada expresses its stability, maneuverability and exceptional cargo room with one glance. The headlamp, grille and hood design offer a powerful front look, while the A-, B-, C- and D- pillars offer a tight, polished aspect to the body structure. The new rear fascia and tailgate area, with sturdy bumper design provide a "reinforced" look and project Armada's structural integrity.
Additional exterior features include a large body-color grille (SE, metallic finish on LE), chrome front door handles, chrome dual power-adjustable heated side mirrors (with power folding, puddle lamps and integrated turn signal on LE models), side step rails, privacy glass for the 2nd and 3rd rows and rear tailgate (power tailgate optional on SE, standard on LE), separate tailgate opening glass, manual flip-out rear quarter windows (power-operated on LE models) and new-design full roof rack with cross bars. All models are also offered with a standard rear bumper-mounted rear proximity sensor system (back-up obstacle warning), and a front proximity sensor/sonar system is also available.
A Versatile Interior for Active Lifestyles
Armada's interior is highly functional and ergonomic, without sacrificing style and ruggedness. New interior colors and materials set off the 2008 model, with an available 3rd row power folding seat (LE), heated steering wheel (LE), new steering wheel illuminated controls, revised combination meter colors and designs, new gated shifter design, lockable glove compartment and new wood grain accents (LE). New available technology features include revised audio system with 3rd row audio speakers and amplifier (LE), Intelligent Key with twist start (LE, optional SE), Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System (standard on LE), a larger 8.0-inch screen for the optional DVD Entertainment Package (up from 7.0 inches) and an improved Nissan Navigation system with a XM NavTraffic system with real-time traffic information (XM contract required).
Room and versatility is important to large SUV customers, and Armada delivers ample 2nd row leg room, up to 8-passenger seating, standard fold-flat 2nd and 60/40 split fold-flat 3rd row seats, fold flat front passenger seat with cup holders and recessed work area and large cargo space behind the 3rd row seat. More utility and storage space is offered by a full-length overhead console with six map lights, center console with large storage capacity, multiple pockets and bins throughout the cabin, up to 14 cupholders and four 12-volt power outlets (two in front, one 2nd row, one for cargo area).
In front, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and available 6-way adjustable front passenger's seat provide comfort and luxury, and Seton leather-appointed seats are available in the 1st and 2nd rows (standard LE, optional SE). 3rd row occupants are placed higher than the 2nd row to facilitate easier conversation and better visibility for the occupants. Other luxury features include standard dual zone climate control, rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, and AM/FM/6CD audio system with steering wheel controls and mp3 playback capability.
Also available are fold-flat 2nd row captain's chairs with an innovative, removable 2nd row center console and an 11-speaker Bose® audio system with dual media capability, allowing use of radio and CD at the same time (headphones must be used to listen to second audio source) and RearView Monitor.
Full-Size Foundation and Adventure-Ready Driveline
2008 Armada features the rugged F-Alpha fully boxed frame and 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with coil-over shock absorbers and stabilizer bar, combining on- and off-road comfort with responsive handling characteristics.
The independent rear suspension design, with its minimal intrusion into the interior, maximizes space, and an automatic rear air leveling system (optional SE, standard LE) improves stability and ride comfort when towing or carrying heavy cargo. The system automatically adjusts air pressure in the suspension bladders to maintain a uniform ground clearance and departure angle.
The heart of every Armada is its 317 horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine with 385 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is tuned to provide nearly 90 percent of the engine's torque below 2,500 rpm – where it's needed for hauling, towing or slow-speed off-road driving. Available Flexible Fuel Vehicle technology allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an alternative fuel such as E85.
Assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., the Armada's Nissan Endurance V8 includes advanced features such as an aluminum engine block with cast iron cylinder liners, chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with silent single-stage timing chain, and electronic drive-by-wire throttle for precise control. For greater efficiency through reduced friction, the V8 uses graphite-coated pistons, microfinished forged steel crankshaft and microfinished camshafts. When equipped as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle, the 2008 Armada features a common fuel tank designed to run on varying blends of gasoline with ethanol or other fuel, resulting in a reduction of CO2 greenhouse gas and playing a key role in the long-term U.S. energy strategy.
Standard on every 2008 Armada is a reinforced electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, which revises shift patterns accordingly. The transmission features a unique gear set for use in high torque situations, an advanced torque converter design for improved fuel economy and, for improved shift quality, an advanced powertrain management program. A 28-gallon fuel tank provides excellent driving range.
Tow Package-equipped Armadas (optional SE, standard LE) offer a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,100 pounds (when properly equipped). The Tow Package includes a lower rear axle ratio (to 3.357), heavy duty radiator and battery, 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake pre-wiring, receiver hitch and rear suspension air leveling system.
4-wheel drive Armadas maximize traction on- or off-road with an advanced full-time automatic control system, which under normal driving conditions operates in two-wheel drive mode, but can instantly distribute torque to all four wheels whenever road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels on demand). A two-speed electronic transfer case allows the driver to select between auto, full-time 4-wheel drive and 4LO, which provides enhanced low speed driving force and hill descending ability.
Standard on Armada is a 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), engine speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system.
New for 2008 are machine-finished aluminum-alloy 20x8-inch wheels with P275/60R20 Michelin tires on Armada LE models, while SE models continue with aluminum-alloy 18x8-inch wheels with P265/70R18 Conti-Track tires.
A Focus On Safety and Security
2008 Armadas offer an extensive list of safety features, including standard roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side-impact and rollover head protection for outboard positions in all three rows. The Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor is standard on all Armadas and front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags are standard on LE and optional on SE.
Also standard on Armada are front seat Active Head Restraints, 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants (including center position), the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system and Zone Body construction with front and rear crushable zones.
For additional safety and security, Armada is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Security System (VSS).
Choices of Models and Equipment
For 2008, Armada is offered in SE and LE models, with 2-wheel or advanced 4-wheel drive systems.
All Armadas feature the 317-horsepower 5.6-liter Nissan Endurance V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel independent suspension and fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, full-length overhead console, step rails and rear sonar sensors to aid in close parking situations.
Option packages for SE include the Driver Package, with Bose audio system, XM Satellite Radio (subscription required), RearView monitor, power tailgate, front fog lamps and front sonar system; auto-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage door opener and compass; Premium Package, which includes all content in the Driver Package and adds an Intelligent Key with twist start, heated Seton leather-appointed seats with driver memory function and 6-way power adjustable passenger seat; Tow Package; Sunroof Package; rear DVD Entertainment Package with 8-inch screen; and Captains Chairs Package, with 2nd row captains chairs and removable center console replacing the 2nd row split bench seat.
The Armada LE adds a higher level of luxury appointments, including the contents of the Driver, Premium and Tow Packages; a lockable glove compartment; special wood-tone trim; power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim and integrated turn signal; metallic-finish grille; power liftgate; and new 20-inch wheel and tire package.
Armada LE packages include the Sunroof Package; Captains Chairs Package; DVD Entertainment Package; and Technology Package, which includes the Nissan Navigation system with a XM NavTraffic system with real-time traffic information (XM contract required), power folding 3rd row seat and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.
Two new exterior colors are offered for 2008, Desert Stone (tan) and Timberline, adding to the full slate of Blizzard (white), Galaxy Black, Silver Lightning, Smoke (dark silver), Red Brawn and Majestic Blue. Sand and Graphite are the two interior colors available.
PRESS RELEASE: 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder Powers Into 2008 With Available V8, More Options and Adventure-Friendly Features
For the last 22 years, Nissan's Pathfinder has stood out as an innovative, rugged SUV capable of handling adventures both on and off-road. For 2008, that capability reaches a new level with an available 5.6-liter V8 rated at 300-plus horsepower and 380-plus lb-ft of torque – the first time a V8 has ever been offered in Pathfinder. The new V8 engine is offered in addition to a 4.0-liter V6 engine. Both engines are available with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, giving buyers a wide range of engine/driveline configurations to meet their specific performance needs and desires. The 2008 Pathfinder goes on sale in spring 2007.
Pathfinder also receives myriad other updates and improvements for the 2008 model year, including new front and rear styling, new wheel designs (excluding S-V6 trim), available 18-inch wheels and two new exterior colors – White Frost and Mocha. Inside, Pathfinder adds new features including a heated steering wheel (LE models only), a redesigned center console area, reclining 2nd row seat center section, new illuminated switchgear (all models except S-V6), new trim packages, Intelligent Key with twist start (LE models only), Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (LE models only) and revised Nissan Navigation System with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive (available on LE models only).
Pathfinder continues to offer standard three-row seating, exceptional storage capacity and is again built on a fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Armada.
"The V8 Pathfinder adds a new dimension to the nameplate that established Nissan's SUV leadership nearly 22 years ago," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.
"Pathfinder, with its own distinctive style, available technology features, flexible interior design and now two available powerplants re-establishes its place atop its segment."
A Powerful And Rugged Adventure Partner
Following the introduction of a new, advanced 4.0-liter V6 for the 2005 model year, Pathfinder is now available with a powerful 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, producing 300-plus horsepower and 380-plus lb-ft of torque and giving Pathfinder a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, versus V6-equipped Pathfinders' 6,000-pound rating. The V8 engine package is offered in two new Pathfinder models, SE-V8 and LE-V8, both available in 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations.
Pathfinder's Endurance V8, assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., is shared with the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Nissan Armada SUV. The engine's advanced design includes features such as an aluminum engine block with cast iron cylinder liners, chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with silent single-stage timing chain for quiet operation and durability, and electronic drive-by-wire throttle for precise control. For greater efficiency, graphite-coated pistons, microfinished forged steel crankshaft and microfinished camshaft help reduce friction.
Standard on Pathfinder S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road and LE-V6 models is an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6, rated at 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft torque. This specially tuned engine, created for SUV and truck applications, is part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series found in the 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest.
The 4.0-liter version features a longer stroke than the 3.5-liter version (92.0 mm versus 81.4 mm), and includes Electronic Throttle Control with secondary mapping in 4LO (4x4 models), Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum-coated pistons and lightweight aluminum block.
Backing both engines is a standard electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission. The transmission, which is specially tuned for each engine application, features a wide gear ratio spread for maximum acceleration performance and a Direct Control System to provide smooth shift quality.
Pathfinder is offered with several advanced 4x4 systems. Pathfinder V8 4x4 models feature a special full-time XN All-Mode 4-wheel drive system that can instantly distribute torque to all four wheels whenever road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels on demand), resulting in optimal traction with improved fuel economy and enhanced cornering capability.
Pathfinder V6 4x4 models are available with a part-time 4-wheel drive system (S, SE, SE Off-Road) or an All-Mode 4-wheel drive system that includes 2WD/AUTO/4H/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case (LE).
Enhanced 4-wheel drive capability is offered on the SE-V6 Off Road model. Special features include an advanced 4-Wheel Limited-Slip system (ABLS), which helps limit wheel slip when starting on low traction surfaces; Hill Descent Control, which, when engaged by the driver via a switch, allows for going downhill in both forward and reverse at speeds up to 31 mph (4HI) or 15 mph (4LO) without the constant application of the brake pedal; and always-active (2WD or 4WD) Hill Start Assist allows the driver to stop on a slope, release the brake pedal and not roll back for up to two seconds, perfect for rugged, low-speed off-road driving situations.
Standard on all Pathfinder models is a responsive engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with G-sensor and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
A Solid Foundation For Go-Anywhere Activities
The 2008 Pathfinder utilizes Nissan's "F-Alpha" platform, with a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame providing a solid mounting point for the stylish body and the four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension, as well as a standard integrated tow hitch.
Pathfinder's long-travel front suspension is an all-steel double-wishbone design with coil-over shocks and large stabilizer bar. For smooth ride quality and optimized handling, the rear suspension is an independent double-wishbone design with the coils located on the toe control link (offset spring and shock) with stabilizer bar. SE-V6 Off Road models offer special Bilstein® branded performance shocks.
Standard underbody component protection puts a plate under the radiator, with SE-V6 Off Road models offering extra off-road peace of mind by providing additional skid plates for the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case.
Wheel packages vary by Pathfinder model. S-V6 models offer standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/75R16 tires, while 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are offered on SE-V6 with 265/65R17 tires, and special machine-finished 16-inch off-road style aluminum-alloy wheels with rugged 265/75R16 tires are standard on SE-V6 Off Road models. LE-V6 models offer 17-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/65R17 tires, and SE-V8 and LE-V8 models feature special 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/60R18 tires. All Pathfinders provide a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and full-size spare tire.
Powerful Exterior Styling
With new front and rear styling, Pathfinder looks even more the part of a go-anywhere rugged and sophisticated SUV. Large headlamps, angled strut-style grille and a sweeping hood hint at the power underneath.
Pathfinder's broad shoulder line, large integrated fender flares covering purposeful wheel and tire combinations and distinctive C-pillar with high-mounted rear door handles give the 2008 Pathfinder its own unique look, while proudly resembling the larger Armada SUV.
A long wheelbase of 112.2 inches allows for a roomy three-row cabin while providing ride comfort and stability. Pathfinder's manageable 192.5-inch overall length and short front and rear overhangs enable drivers to feel comfortable driving or parking the capable SUV on almost any terrain.
Additional exterior highlights include standard roof rails with integrated front and rear grips, rear tailgate design with flip-up rear glass hatch opening and rear privacy glass. Pathfinder also offers side running boards on SE and LE trims, fog lamps (standard on all trim levels except S-V6), heated outside mirrors and power slide and tilt sunroof.
Two new colors – Mocha and White Frost –add to Pathfinder's 2008 palette of exterior colors. White Frost is a special, premium three-stage pearl paint with added luster. Pathfinder LE models also feature new body-color side moldings with chrome inserts.
An Interior Design To Enhance Active Family Lifestyles
The 2008 Pathfinder includes a number of interior enhancements, including a restyled interior with a new instrument panel center stack design, a revised front center console (all models except S-V6), new upper door trim (all models except S-V6), new automatic transmission shifter with special grip (all models except S-V6), new heated steering wheel (LE models) and illuminated switchgear (all models except S-V6). Other enhancements include a new standard color 7.0-inch Multi-Function Information Display with RearView Monitor (all models except S-V6), a new reclining function for the center portion of the 2nd row seat (all models except S-V6). Additionally, a new interior leather color, Russet, has been added.
"Pathfinder buyers are flexible in their needs – one day driving the family to an in-town adventure, the next day going camping with the family dogs," said Bosley. "The 2008 Pathfinder is a perfect tool for all of those tasks, with 7-passenger seating and up to 64 different seating/cargo configurations."
Standard seating includes flat-folding 3rd row seat, 40/20/40 split separate-folding 2nd row seats with easy one-touch release lever for 3rd row access and a fold-down front passenger seat (except S-V6 and LE). An Easy-Clean rear cargo area (SE and SE-OR trim only) with 12 utility hooks provides flexibility for hauling adventure gear or luggage for an extended road trip. Storage areas are plentiful, including eight cup holders and an overhead console with sunglass storage. Utility is also enhanced with four 12-volt outlets (two on instrument panel center stack, one for 2nd row and one cargo area), front seatback pockets, plentiful passenger assist grips and available rear reading lamps (standard on all but S-V6), outside temperature gauge (standard on SE-OR and LE) and cargo net (standard on all but S-V6).
Additional standard equipment includes power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse, power door locks, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, trip computer and climate control system.
The Nissan Navigation System, available on LE models, has been enhanced for 2008 with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, Intelligent Key with twist start and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.
Other available features include a first aid kit, dual-zone automatic temperature control (standard on all but S-V6), rear air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals (standard on all but S-V6), leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seats, power sunroof, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, Bose® audio system, power-adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats with driver memory package, leather-appointed steering wheel (standard on all but S-V6), wood grain trim and DVD entertainment system.
The 2008 Pathfinder includes a long list of standard safety features and equipment, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones; energy absorbing steering column; front seat Active Head Restraints and 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.
Also standard is the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, featuring dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor; 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including the 2nd row center position; adjustable 2nd and 3rd row head restraints; LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system; Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Available on 2008 Pathfinder are supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and available roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows.
Six Well-Equipped Models
The 2008 Pathfinder is offered in a choice of six models: S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V8, SE-V6 Off Road (4x4 only), LE-V6 and LE-V8. Pathfinder S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road and LE-V6 come with a standard 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 and automatic transmission and in a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 (SE-V6 Off Road available in 4x4 only). Pathfinder SE-V8 and LE-V8 feature a 300-plus horsepower 5.6-liter V8 with standard 5-speed automatic transmission and 4x2 or 4x4 drivelines.
Every model comes complete with standard three-row seating, electronically controlled automatic transmission, full-size spare tire and remote keyless entry.
Pathfinder SE-V6 models feature new 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires, 7.0-inch multi-information display with RearView Monitor system, 8-way power driver's seat, power-adjustable foot pedals, unique seat fabric, AM/FM/6CD audio system with MP3 capability, new illuminated steering wheel audio controls, auto day/night rearview mirror, first aid kit, rear cargo net, automatic temperature control with rear air conditioning, Easy Clean Cargo Area, roof crossbars, 2nd row fold-down center armrest, digital compass, leather steering wheel and shift knob, front fog lamps, rear reading lamps and side running boards.
The SE-V6 Off Road model adds off-road style 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, painted front springs, Bilstein performance shocks, unique blue seat fabric, special badging, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, and skid plates on the oil pan, fuel tank, and 4WD transfer case.
SE-V8 models add the 5.6-liter V8 engine, special machined 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and XN All-Mode 4x4 system (4WD only).
Pathfinder LE models add enhanced levels of style and luxury. The LE-V6 includes 17-inch wheels, body side molding with chrome inserts, leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seats and door inserts, new heated steering wheel, Bose audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer, 4-way power front passenger seat, wood grain trim, driver memory package (seat, mirrors and pedals) with programmable remote keyfobs, power sunroof, heated outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows.
LE-V8 models add the 5.6-liter V8, special 18-inch wheel and tire package, XN All-Mode 4x4 system (4WD) and special badging.
A number of option packages are offered in 2008, including the SE Premium Package, with power sunroof and 10-speaker Bose audio system; and SE Leather Package, with leather appointed interior and heated front seats.
Also available is a DVD Mobile Entertainment System, with a 7.0-inch color monitor and rear seat wireless headphones (all models except S-V6); Navigation Package with Music Box hard drive, Intelligent Key with twist start and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (LE); Air Bag Package (S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road, SE-V8, standard on LE); and XM® Satellite Radio.
The 2008 Pathfinder is assembled at Nissan's award-winning Smyrna, Tennessee manufacturing facility, with engines supplied by Nissan's nearby Decherd, Tennessee engine facility.
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