Nissan is gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show and two new concepts will grace the automaker's show stand, along with a Detroit-inspired food truck to keep the throngs satiated.

But more important than free hipster grub is the introduction of the Pathfinder Concept, which Nissan claims will inspire the next-generation utility vehicle's styling before the production model debuts later in 2012 and goes on sale towards the end of next year. Considering the current Pathfinder has been around since 2005 (with a facelift in 2008), it's due for a thorough overhaul. Persistent rumors have suggested that the next Pathfinder will eschew the body-on-frame architecture of the outgoing model in favor of a more car-like unibody.

Joining the Pathfinder Concept will be an all-electric van which we're assuming could be based on the NV series. Nissan says it's a concept that's suitable for both families and businesses, and continues its commitment to emissions-free motoring. Check the release after the break for the full details.
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The worldwide debut of two concept vehicles will highlight Nissan's presence at the upcoming 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. An all electric van concept, which underscores Nissan's leadership in zero emissions vehicles and the Nissan Pathfinder preview concept, which provides a sneak peek at the next generation of Nissan's longest running nameplate in the U.S., will be unveiled during the NAIAS press preview days, beginning Monday, January 9.

In addition to full access to Nissan's global concepts during both days of the show, media interviews will be available with Nissan team members. Nissan Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Ghosn will also be the opening keynote speaker at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Detroit.

Nissan NAIAS Highlights:

- The Pathfinder Concept, which previews the all-new look, style and attitude that Nissan will bring to the SUV segment when the next-generation Pathfinder goes on sale in fall 2012 at Nissan dealers nationwide.

- Nissan's innovative electric van concept. This concept previews a future production version of a full electric vehicle designed to provide businesses or families with flexible, roomy cargo space, while offering a dramatic CO2 footprint reduction.

- A Nissan NV outfitted as a "Food Truck" with a local Detroit flair showcases the vehicle's flexibility and user-friendly features, but acts as a culinary cornerstone for media hospitality throughout both press days.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 3 Years Ago
      What Nissan needs to bring to Detroit is a new Silvia concept. I've been a Nissan Die-Hard since childhood. With that said, the Toyobaru 86 is really grabbing my attention. Heck, it has grabbed everyone's attention. At the heart of Nissan is motorsports. If the 86 is a successful vehicle, Nissan will have to have an answer. The thing is, I don't want to wait for that answer. I guess until they answer back, I'll have to set my sights on a used 370Z.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaclock LaGlock
        If there's anything Nissan really needs, it's a baby GT-R, or what the Skyline used to be before it turned into a rebadged Infiniti. It would be an affordable, technology filled sports coupe that is perfect for tuning. The current GTR, while amazing, is out of reach for most people, doesn't offer any base versions, and has moved too far away from what the 90's Skyline was. They need to re-introduce that concept and sell it in America.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where's the new Altima?????
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a stretched [insert any generic CUV here].
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the armada??? bring us the Patrol!
        • 3 Years Ago
        We have the Patrol, only it's not called Patrol here it is our new Infiniti QX56.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't they already make the Pathfinder unibody once already? Only to redesign it again shortly thereafter and return to a BOF design? That camo'ed vehicle reminds me of an oversized Murano with a properly shaped D-pillar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The original Pathfinder was BOF based on the Nissan hardbody pickup from 1986-1995, the second generation model was unibody from 1996-2004, the 3rd (current) generation (2005-now) went back to BOF based on the Nissan F-Alpha frame shared with the Frontier, Titan, Armada and Xterra.
      • 3 Years Ago
      man I was hoping the 4runner would get more competition... o well.