There is a lot to like about the Pathfinder Concept Nissan unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The thinly disguised showcar foregoes the body-on-frame construction of the current Pathfinder for a weight savings of about 500 pounds. Nissan also promises fuel economy improvement of about 25 percent with the production model, which would be no small feat.

Motor Trend reports that Nissan has confirmed that the 2013 Pathfinder will feature a 3.5-liter V6. That makes sense considering the Pathfinder's all-new sibling, the Infiniti JX35, will also feature the same V6. Nissan has yet to divulge any details about the Pathfinder mill, but we do know that the JX35 will boast 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan has also apparently told MT that it has big plans for April's New York Auto Show. Nissan will reportedly unveil a completely vehicle at the show that has never been seen by outsiders. Us? We're not sure, but our best guess is it'll be the 2013 Altima.


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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      For all you folks complaining that the Pathfinder has lost its off-road capabilities - a new body on frame, off-road capable Xterra has been confirmed by Nissan.
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          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          And that is what 99 percent of these things will be used for. Essentially, it is a big station wagon, which is fine for its intended customer.
      jeremykhn
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOW WAIT A SECOND!! We have seen the 2013 Altima in spy photos, and despite what some may think, Nissan knows it. So it's not the Altima, the Titan and Rogue not for another year, Juke,Quest,Pathfinder(duh),Maxima,Z,and GTR are new. Frontier will be a little while. That leaves...............The 2013 Nissan Sentra! It's waaaayyy overdue, although I do like the changeable cupholder size thing, but it is needing a change.
        departo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jeremykhn
        Thank you! Finally someone else who thinks the same as I! New Sentra at N.Y.
        BlackDynamiteOn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jeremykhn
        Spy photos and production vehicles are two different things. BD
      argonaughty
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks awesome from straight on but I think the Mazda CX-9 designers want their commission for that rear end design.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @argonaughty
        And Lexus for the headlights.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect for cruising the shopping mall parking lot.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        That's its target audience. Of course, most of the drivers could do that task perfectly well with a compact sedan or hatchback, but they will try to convince you that they need the space, or "I want my children to be safe" or some other excuse.
      fcarlo17
      • 3 Years Ago
      I strongly doubt that it'd be the Altima on April. It has been announced that the 2013 Nissan Altima is gonna bow at Chicago next month. It is either the 2013 Sentra or the 2013 Versa hatchback at New York.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I may just go out and buy an Xterra Pro-4x
      j0nny5
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and a giant... m e e e h h h.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grand Cherokee loses another competitor. A 265 HP 3.5 V6 isn't much to boast about. Everyday the Japanese appliancemakers lose the thread even more.
        Indubitably
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        But this is why Nissan is keeping the XTerra as their off roader.
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Grand Cherokee has always been unibody, just like the 13 Pathfinder will be. So how does GC lose a competitor? I'd take a VQ engine over the 290 HP Pentastar.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        And as a side-note, the Pathfinder and the GC aren't even competitors. The GC is a 5 seater and the pathfinder is a 7 seater, just in case you can't count.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        You know, there are other good manufacturers in the world besides Chrysler. Stop being such a fanboy and learn to appreciate all types of vehicles.
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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this gets the same engine as the Murano, why not just get a Murano? I guess this is bigger, but Nissan needs to find other reasons to sell the Pathfinder, now that it's "selling out" it's off-road heritage.... BD
        jon4than
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        it's like comparing Ford Edge to Explorer
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          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          The Ridgeline is a want to be pickup, the Pathfinder is a SUV...another fail for the fat kid.
          vigorpat
          • 3 Years Ago
          Until you actually own a car STFU!
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      Brand X
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan's VQ V6 engine has been the only engine to grace Wards Automotive's Top Ten Best Engines of the World 14 years in a row. So it's a great engine! The Unibody will make it feel more car like, but I guess some people are griping that they can't enjoy the current truck like feel forever and I say - grow up! I know for a fact, the changes seen will be welcomed by those who love Nissan, and quite frankly, that's what matters most.
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