2013 Nissan Pathfinder - studio shot - maroon - front three-quarter view


Through that little-known social media site known as Facebook, Nissan has released the first official images of its production 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. As you can see, there is little deviation in styling between the model that will be in showrooms and the concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Like the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango, the Pathfinder has ditched its body-on-frame construction for the new norm of a car-based unibody blueprint.

The Pathfinder will almost certainly be powered by Nissan's trusty VQ V6 in 3.5-liter trim. Chances are very good that power will be sent through a Continuously Variable Transmission to the front wheels, or to all four wheels through available all-wheel drive.

No word on MPG, but given its lighter construction, Nissan foresees as crossover that is 25-percent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing Pathfinder.

Built on Nissan's FF-L platform shared with the new Altima and Infiniti JX, it will have seating for seven. Nissan also says it will boast a "full-size interior," and judging on our time mucking around in the concept's cabin (not to mention the very similar JX) it will indeed be quite accommodating indeed.

We'll have more details on Nissan's popular 'ute as they become available, so stay tuned.

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