If automakers have learned anything from the 2011 Ford Explorer, it's that changing a popular SUV nameplate to a crossover platform won't necessarily hurt the vehicle's image (or sales numbers). Nissan is hoping to capture that same sort of magic with its Pathfinder – judging by these spy shots, the traditionally body-on-frame SUV stalwart appears to be crossing over for its next generation.

The next-gen Pathfinder will likely be based on Nissan's FF-L platform that currently underpins vehicles like the Murano crossover and Quest minivan. Our best guess is that this Pathfinder, which will still remain a seven-passenger vehicle, could share many of its bits with the recently revealed Infiniti JX. Either way, whatever Nissan has planned for the new Pathfinder will surely be better than the aging, Titan-based model that's currently on sale.

The new Pathfinder appears to be pretty far along in its development, so we'll likely see its new CUV shape at the Detroit Auto Show in January. For now, scroll through our gallery of spy shots to get a better glimpse at the Pathfinder's new look.

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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, because we need more crossovers... Seriously, what ever happened to small, light, rugged, off-road capable SUVs? So, now if you want a "truck" that doesn't have a bed on the back, your only choices are some "hulk" of an SUV with all independent suspension and no ground clearance that's the size of a barge, or some CUV that's basically just a car that tries to look like a truck. The US market is over saturated with this crap, and it makes me miss the 80s and 90s when car companies did not feel the need to blur the line between "car" and "truck".
      • 3 Years Ago
      just as long as they don't do this to the Xterra...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Murano mixed with an old Jeep Grand Cherokee.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan Pavementfinder.. meh
      • 3 Years Ago
      After owning Pathfinders in the '90s, its depressing to see this good name stuck on another oversized 3 row CUV. I supposed that is what sells these days.
      David Montgomery
      • 3 Years Ago
      First Gen PF was built on the Hardbody D21 platform. Second gen was based on some domestic product that wasn't in the states. 3rd gen was base don the F-Alpha platform. This one is not going to be close to any of the 3 previous gen products. All of them could be taken offroad. I can tell you for sure, that I would never take my Murano offroad. That said, this thing better have RWD option and more then 5k towing capacity or it will not compete against the Explorer or GM's Lambda platform vehicles. I does look to have 3 rows but it looks small
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a boring and mushy windowline...
      Salvatore Gallace
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not the FF-L platform, It's the Nissan "D" platform which replaced the FF-L and is currently the basis of the Altima, Maxima, Murano, Quest and soon the Infiniti JX.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not liking the grille on this one. I actually think the current PF looks good, if a bit girlish.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whey following Ford? Comon Nissan you art better rant that
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        The type of chassis a car is on never relates to how fuel efficient a car is. It's how light a car can be, along with how fuel efficient the engine is and how low the CoD the car has.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy, it's gonna be bad. And not "bad" in a good way.
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