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.

Please also visit http://www.nissanusa.com/all-new-pathfinder/


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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Going to go to a local Nissan dealership every once in a while a start talking to salespeople. Every time they ask me what timeframe i'm looking at in getting a car, i'm going to say "Oh I don't know, some day...right now i'm just teasing".
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks........ Boring.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look very interesting from this angle.
      A_Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      From what I CAN see, I'm not liking the looks of it so far. I'll hold judgement until it's fully revealed, but this pic does anything but excite me...
      Azazel
      • 3 Years Ago
      This new "Pathfinder" is just a swollen Murano. *yawn*
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the new Pathfinder is going to be a Murano with an testosterone injection.
        Rob Ascough
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Looks that way. Toyota does fine with a sleek(ish) five-passenger CUV (the Venza) and a seven-passenger one with more SUV-like styling (the Highlander) so I don't see why the Murano and Pathfinder can't exist alongside one another. As long as the XTrerra stays a true offroad SUV, I don't see this as a problem. Nissan didn't need two anyway.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
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          departo
          • 3 Years Ago
          It seems to be working for Ford. They have the Edge and the new Explorer and both are selling like hotcakes.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good to me. Even though it's just a silhouette, it looks better than the JX. And to all the people who are complaining, how many of you own Pathfinders and actually take it off road. Ok. Off road with 7 passengers? For those who are going to actually go off road, Nissan still has the XTerra (Two Time Motor Trend SUV of the Year).
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      But I like the chunkyness of the current Pathfinder...Now it's just a highlander that melted a little bit more after it came out of toyota's sweaty palms.
      buckhorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a station wagon., oops, I mean cross-over.
      bananaboy2601
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Infiniti JX35 is just a rebadged version of the new Pathfinder?
      Chase
      • 3 Years Ago
      they ruined it!! :'( (mom has a 05) but it looks like the window is going to maybe do a wrap around like the cube?
      • 3 Years Ago
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