• May 16th 2007 at 11:13AM
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Nissan's new 2008 Pathfinder hit dealerships yesterday, boasting a new design on the outside, more gadgets on the inside and more power under the hood.

MSRP on the '08 Pathfinder starts at $25,700 for the Pathfinder 4x2 S V6 and $27,700 for the Pathfinder 4x4 S V6, jumping up to $30,600 for the Pathfinder 4x2 SE V8 and $32,850 for the Pathfinder 4x4 SE V8.

All engines are mated to a standard 5-speed transmission, and Nissan's 5.6-iter V8 engine is tuned for more towing capacity with an additional 44 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque over the 4.0-liter DOHC V6. The truck shares its platform with the Titan and Armada.

For the technologically inclined, the Pathfinder comes with an optional navigation system and 9.3-gigabyte hard drive, dubbed the "Music Box," for MP3 storage, along with Bluetooth capability.

Click through to the jump for Nissan's press release.

[Source: Nissan]


Nissan Announces Pricing on New 2008 Pathfinder [May 15, 07]

- Major Revision Includes Available V8 Engine for the First Time in 22-year History -

NASHVILLE (May 15, 2007) – Nissan North America, Inc. announced pricing on the 2008 Pathfinder, which goes on sale today at Nissan dealers nationwide. For the first time ever, Pathfinder is available with a 5.6-iter V8 engine, offering an additional 44 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque over the standard 4.0-liter V6 for greater towing capacity. Other major enhancements for 2008 include a restyled exterior and interior, and a range of available technology features such as RearView Monitor, Intelligent Key and BluetoothÒ hands-free phone system.

The 2008 Pathfinder is offered in six trim levels, each equipped with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,700 for the Pathfinder 4x2 S V6 and $27,700 for the Pathfinder 4x4 S V6. Pricing for the new V8 models starts at $30,600 for the Pathfinder 4x2 SE V8 and $32,850 for the Pathfinder 4x4 SE V8. The Pathfinder SE Off Road model, available in 4-wheel drive V6 only, is $33,900.

"Pathfinder's new Endurance 5.6-liter engine, which it shares with Nissan's full-sized Titan pickup and Armada SUV, is rated at 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque – making it the most powerful V8 in its class* – and providing the towing capacity and rugged performance of a full-size SUV in a mid-size SUV package," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "V8s now account for 30 percent of mid-size SUV sales, so we expect the new Pathfinder V8 to find a highly receptive audience."

The 2008 Pathfinder's exterior features new front and rear fascias that maintain the rugged yet sophisticated look that has always distinguished Pathfinder, a restyled grille and hood (with changes to accommodate the V8 engine), new chrome appliqué for body side moldings (LE only), restyled 17-inch wheels (SE V6 and LE V6 models) and new 18-inch wheels for V8 models, a RearView camera (SE & LE only) and a new rear lift gate with power cinch feature.

Inside, Pathfinder receives a host of newly available amenities and technologies, including a new meter cluster appearance, new instrument panel-mounted 7-inch color monitor with RearView Monitor (standard on all grades except S), an available Nissan Navigation System with a 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive for mp3 storage, new cup holder area design and revised upper door trim.

The volume-leading SE trim also adds the previous model year's Comfort Package option equipment as standard, making the SE a highly equipped trim level and a better value. Intelligent Key with twist start is now available, as is a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

"Pathfinder's always strong price value has increased substantially for 2008 with the new exterior design, the new refined interior and the long list of standard and available features and technology," said Bosley. "Pathfinder continues to offer a unique balance of rugged performance and passenger comfort – authentic yet just a little bit indulgent."

Other available interior features include an available DVD entertainment system, an upgraded Bose® audio system, power-adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats with driver memory package, dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seats, power sunroof, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, first aid kit and wood grain trim.

All 2008 Pathfinders utilize the rugged "F-Alpha" platform used on the Titan and Armada. Standard on the 2008 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 13-time Ward's "Ten Best Engines" award-winning VQ engine series found in the 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest.
The new 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine produces 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque, 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.
Complete 2008 Nissan Pathfinder pricing is available on the attached sheet.

In North America, Nissan operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissannews.com.
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*Import Models as Defined by Ward's Middle Sport/Utility Segmentation

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Still ugly..who cares? Nissans look is very old and tired.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks like a '98 Explorer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 I guess the media and some "elites" like to do some "positive discrimination" or the "reasonable accommodation" practiced very often in Quebec, Canada http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reasonable_accommodation
      • 8 Years Ago
      not much to look at here..doesn’t look all that nice or new to me!(not saying it’s a bad car but still needs more work tho HP numbers are nice for v6 & v8)
      Ill stay with my 07 explorer tho 6spd auto,love the suspension, fold flat power seat and towing @ 7200lbs (my 4x4 @ 7100 not that I even get near there) but i think ford should really work on the v6 numbers and atleast make the v8 numbers that of what the lincoln aviator was 300hp/365lb-ft besides that I think ford has the best looking vehicles and so do others (Ford Has Best-Looking Trucks and SUVs According to Kelley Blue Book Research) If your going to look at pictures go to ebay or better yet look at them in person!

      As for resale... ill keep my car 7 years minimum and at 5+ years old I wouldnt pay the price for a used car when I could put that same money down for a new one
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is a nice starting price!!! I'm sure my mother will be interested in this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A v-8 Pathfinder? Crazy. I wonder if they could drop that in the Z?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well my dad owns one, and it's a nice vehicle. Just love having the presence of Japanese quality. Glad I talked him over getting a Chevy Trailblazer.

      #18 The days of the Explorer are over. CR-V is taking sales away from it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People have dropped the V8's in Z's and G's before..they mate up to the transmission easily.


      No heavy duty CVT that is calibrated for truck duty?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Explorer still dominates this mid segment, which is true SUV (not CUV) which means BOF, tough and able to tow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      RE: "So many people criticise the big 3 for producing gas guzzling vehicles like SUV's or Pick-Up Trucks. Why is it okay for the Japanese manufacturers to do so?"

      Because it's fashionable to hate American things and love foreign things. Where have you been?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's hope the Pathfinder doesn't share the reliability of the Armada and Titan, the two worst reliable vehicles produced. They were so bad, they helped push the Cayenne and Tourag out of last place.
      The Pathfinder was a well made vehicle, albeit old pickup truck undercarriage, like the Trailblazer, Envoy, etc. Now it's gigantic-humongous unreliable pickup truck based, this is moving forward? Energy efficient and reliable? Doesn't this mean anything?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I normally don't get into the American made vs foreign made argument but anyone who has not been asleep over teh past decased can certainly see that American quality and refinement is has generally been no where near tht of a comparable foreign vehicle. With that said, the Explorer is yuck! The F150 is nice. Ford made a winnere there. The Durango- oh paleease! The Cherokee is top of the line.
      I love the 4Runner. Hate the Pilot. The Pathfinder is the most well rounded of the Japanese mid sized segment.

      But then again who cares. Someone will buy them all. Just be happy with your own choice.
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