2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept teaser

Just days after confirming its presence at next month's Detroit Auto Show, Nissan has released a shadowy teaser image revealing the profile of its Pathfinder Concept.

According to Nissan, the showcar " takes all of Pathfinder's traditional SUV hallmarks and wraps them in a new platform and dramatic new aerodynamic body," all of which goes some way toward corroborating long-held rumors that the production car will transition to a unibody architecture.

Having said that, in the brief statement after the jump, Nissan also refers to the seven-seat concept's drivetrain as sporting "4-wheel drive" (not all-wheel drive), suggesting that the brand's archetypal utility vehicle will retain at least some of its go-anywhere capability.

While we can't make out much from this teaser image, we can see a new, unique sheetmetal wave just below the greenhouse that serves to define the fenders. Jacking up the brightness and contrast on the teaser photo suggests a traditional roofline with integrated cargo rails, though it isn't clear what the back end of the vehicle looks like. Five-spoke wheels round out what we can see.

Nissan says the production Pathfinder will power into dealerships in the fall of 2012, but you'll be able to see it right here when it debuts in Detroit on January 9. While you're waiting, check out the new page that Nissan has created for the Pathfinder on its website.

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The Nissan Pathfinder Concept, which is set for its world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show beginning on January 9th, takes all of Pathfinder's traditional SUV hallmarks and wraps them in a new platform and dramatic new aerodynamic body. With thoughtful technology, comfortable seating for seven and ample cargo room, the 4-wheel drive Pathfinder Concept previews the next-gen production Pathfinder that is scheduled to go on sale next fall.

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