Nissan just launched the fully redesigned Pathfinder for the 2013 model year, and now, there's a fuel-sipping hybrid version making its debut here at the New York Auto Show. The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid packs all of the same features found in the standard crossover, but offers slightly better fuel economy and an improved cruising range, to boot.

The new hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter supercharged engine (we're assuming it's a four-cylinder, though Nissan hasn't specified) coupled with a lithium-ion battery and 15-kilowatt electric motor, capable of producing 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque – 10 less horsepower but three more pound-feet than the standard V6 Pathfinder. Nissan says the hybrid crossover will be rated at 25/27 miles per gallon (city/highway), with a 26-mpg combined rating. This means that on a full tank, the cruising range of the Pathfinder Hybrid is a cool 526 miles.

What's cool about the hybrid packaging is that Nissan has managed not to have it interfere with any of the interior functionality – the Pathfinder Hybrid still packs just as much cargo and passenger space as its naturally aspirated sibling. Official pricing has not been announced, but Nissan expects the hybrid to command an additional $3,000 over the standard model.

Take a look below for the official press release, and check out our high-res image galleries above and below to see what's what.
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Offers 26 MPG Combined Fuel Economy and 526-Mile Driving Range - With No Compromise of Performance or Interior Roominess

Most Fuel-Efficient Pathfinder Ever Features New Affordable Hybrid System; Available in Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive or Front-Wheel Drive and Choice of Trim Levels


With the introduction of an all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder for the 2013 model year, Nissan's legendary adventure-ready Next Gen SUV took a major step forward in refinement, enhanced fuel economy, cutting-edge technology and family utility – including its industry first EZ Flex™ Seating System with innovative LATCH AND GLIDE™ technology. Now, for the 2014 model year, the evolution of the Pathfinder continues with the introduction of a new affordable hybrid powertrain system designed to enhance fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions with no reduction of driving performance, passenger roominess or cargo capacity.

The Pathfinder's new Hybrid powertrain option will be available in three fully equipped trim levels – SV, SL and Platinum – when it joins the lineup in late summer 2013. It is expected to be priced at around just $3,000 more than Pathfinder 3.5-liter V6 models.

Said Nissan North America, Inc. Vice President, Product Planning Pierre Loing: "The Pathfinder Hybrid is highly affordable because it matches motor and battery size well, while minimizing the number of additional parts or modifications needed to the platform and body. It is designed as a logical bridge between conventional internal combustion engine powertrains and the wider acceptance of hybrid systems by providing enhanced efficiency with no compromises versus the standard vehicle."

Adventure Goes Green

Known as the perfect family adventure vehicle, the Pathfinder Hybrid blends "green" technology with comfortable seating for seven and 3,500-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped).

For the Hybrid version, Pathfinder's standard 3.5-liter V6 is replaced by a new supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor paired with a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance similar to the conventional Pathfinder. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – versus the 3.5-liter V6's 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.

The hybrid system also uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. Positioned between the gasoline engine and the next-gen Xtronic CVT® (where the torque converter would normally be), the motor also functions as a generator, conveying deceleration force from the CVT to the battery. One clutch is installed between the gasoline engine and the electric motor, the other within the CVT.

Fuel economy is estimated* at 26 mpg Combined, an increase of 24 percent over the standard Pathfinder. Estimated City fuel economy is 25 mpg, while Highway mileage is estimated at 27 mpg. With the Pathfinder Hybrid's large 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the same as non-hybrid models, driving range is estimated at more than 526 miles**.

Another key to the system's non-compromising design efficiency is the use of a space-saving Li-ion battery fitted under the 3rd row seat, preserving Pathfinder's unique 2nd row sliding functionality and easy access to the 3rd row. A regenerative braking system automatically recharges the battery by converting the vehicle's kinetic energy that would be otherwise lost in braking.

Said Loing: "With this innovative design, there is no reduction of passenger seating capacity, 2nd or 3rd row legroom or cargo space. And, with the flat rather than raised floor, entry and exit to and from every row is as easy and convenient as the non-hybrid Pathfinder models."

Visually the Pathfinder Hybrid is marked by efficient LED taillights and Nissan PUREDRIVE® Hybrid badges. In addition, special hybrid information screens are added to the instrument panel's Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display.

Next Generation Style, Spaciousness and Comfort

Beyond its hybrid powertrain and distinctive LED taillights, the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is pure fourth-generation Pathfinder. That means that along with reduced weight of its unibody construction (versus the previous generation's body-on-frame design), it offers an attractive, aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity. The look is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance. The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. The coefficient of drag is 0.34.

Other exterior details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and the large rear LED combination lights. An available Dual Panorama Moonroof, with sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows, combines with the large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.

Pathfinder's quiet, comfortable interior includes a wide range of available features, including three rows of rich leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated and cooled front seats, heated 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, multiple user memory settings and an advanced Bose® Audio System with 13 speakers. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

An unmatched level of versatility comes to life in the design of the 2nd and 3rd rows with exceptional 3rd row access – thanks to large rear door openings and the EZ Flex™ Seating System with 5.5 inches of 2nd row seat travel for ease of entry and exit to the 3rd row. The 60/40-split 2nd row features innovative LATCH AND GLIDE™ technology that allows forward movement and access to the 3rd row with a child safety seat remaining securely in place (on the passenger curb side). With the extensive 2nd row seat travel, it's easy to adjust legroom or accommodate cargo spontaneously as needed.

The 3rd row seat is a 50/50 split-folding design, offering added cargo flexibility, and it also reclines for greater passenger comfort – a feature not offered with other SUVs in class. Both the 2nd and 3rd row seats fold flat for optimal cargo capacity.

Thoughtful, Advanced Technology

Thoughtful technology is also found throughout the Pathfinder Hybrid interior, starting with the instrument panel, which includes the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster right in front of the driver. With hybrid-equipped models, the customizable, easy-to-read 4.2-inch color monitor can show power flow readings from the electric motor and gas engine, along with power regeneration back into the battery.

The instrument panel also includes a large multifunction center IT display, available Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic real-time traffic and NavWeather weather information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Zagat Survey® restaurant guide, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and RearView Monitor.

Pathfinder also features available advanced, class-exclusive*** Around View® Monitor, which provides the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. Other technology includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, power rear liftgate, iPod® integration and tri-zone entertainment system with 2nd row head restraint-mounted DVD display screens.

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure display and class-exclusive Easy Fill Tire Alert that provides both visual and audible signals to help owners conveniently maintain correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge is standard. The available remote engine start function allows the climate control system to warm up or cool down the interior prior to driving.

Responsive Handling, Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive

Like all Pathfinders, Hybrid versions offer a quiet, comfortable ride and handling provided by an independent strut front/multi-link rear suspension and with hydraulic electric power-assisted steering standard. Available wheel and tire combinations include 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/55R20 all-season tires.

With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder continues to serve as an excellent vehicle for inclement weather driving conditions.

Pathfinder is the only vehicle in class**** with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available intuitive ALL-MODE 4x4-i system. The system lets the driver choose full-time 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when the confidence of full-time 4WD is desired. In addition, standard Hill Start Assist helps add control when starting and driving away on a steep incline (both 4WD and 2WD models).

Hybrid-equipped Pathfinders also retain the ability to tow boats, jet skis, trailers and a variety of other recreational gear with standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds (when properly equipped).

"The Pathfinder Hybrid takes all the style, features, utility and amenities of the popular new Pathfinder and adds fuel efficiency and driving range, without losing one bit of its real-world, everyday lifestyle-enhancing fun and flexibility," concluded Loing. "As the most fuel-efficient Pathfinder ever, we believe it's going to be a great addition to the lineup for 2014."


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      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why dont they put that engine inside the Sentra and there you go fuel economy and speed
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zizixx89
        nissan will not do that, they have a 2.0 liter direct injection, couple to a 34 hp motor, and a bigger battery, for more city range, that will be in the altima, there is no plan for the sentra so far , but yet again nissan is a surprising company, I was looking for the altima hybrid but instead they show up with a pathfinder hybrid..
          carboy55
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          *38 mpg
          carboy55
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          The Altima is 28 mpg highway. Why do they need a hybrid?
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Look for the 1.6T from the Juke to power SE-R or NISMO versions of the Sentra.
          zizixx89
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          No i was talking like just for the NISMO sentra since they have dropped the SE-R badges
      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago
      It\'s nice that they but nice looking wheels and tasteful badges on it. The trend for hybrids seems to be, paint it a horrible color, put on the ugliest wheels, and then huge badges to let people know your in a hybrid.
      dusty754
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder why someone has not come up with a gasoline/electric or diesel/electric similar to the locomotives that are used on railroads. The diesel engines in these things only power a generator which provides the electricity to run the traction motors that move the train. Now I realize that these locomotives have diesel engines producing about 4400 horsepower, but one locomotive can pull a lot of weight. Wonder how small the gas or diesel engine could be to run an alternator in a car to power electric drive motors.
      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not impressive. A diesel X5 will pull over 27 mpg on the freeway and be a fun car to drive. This...this is just lame.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        You do realize that diesel costs more too, right?
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        WTF are you smoking? At $4+ a gallon the amount of extra range you get on smelly, sooty, high maintenance diesel with a much higher MSRP is more than negated. A non-argument.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        it is impressive for a gasoline, cost less than your BMW X5
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        a diesel will pull over 27 mpg ? the X5 is rated at 19 city/ 26 highway, and yet again at what cost, diesel makes more sense in car but when it comes to suv there is not much trade off because of the city mileage. the hybrid will get more on highway and more in city driving than your X5 , that is the trade off.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      So 1 mpg better than the Nissan Rogue. Fail.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        2 more seats, way more passenger and cargo room, more power, AND 1 more MPG. Win.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        The Rogue is a much smaller vehicle. Try to have some perspective.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        the toyota Highlander was eqaul to the RAV4 28 highway also, so what is the point.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      25/27 mpg for a full sized 3 row crossover is pretty impressive. And a $3k premium is not that bad, especially with no loss in packaging. Nicely done, Nissan!
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        It's ok but the current Highlander gets 28/28 mpg and the 2014 should get better than that. But this should be cheaper than Highlander. Also highway rating is about same as new MDX that is announced. On the other hand Acura nor Honda don't have any hybrid SUV/CUV right now and wasn't announced either.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luc K
          MDX will get 1 more mpg on the highway but quite less for city driving and Cost more. pathfinder hybrid price is affordable, that is why it is impressive.
          CS Boy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luc K
          to add also, mdx 3rd row is not even usable unless you are a kid or very small person.
      jamiescale
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a fat, bloated load of shi* ....RIP: the Pathfinder name They should've called this the Nissan Couch Potato. I'm actually really disappointed in Nissan.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      nissan 25/27 $35000, and a toyota 28/28 $41000. Nissan system is $6000 dollars less with efficiency. choose your choice.
        BRKF06
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        Damn, Grand Cherokee diesel is 30 MPG and again, better driver. Or wait for the inevitable X3 diesel, which definitely best the current X5 diesel...
      RonMcCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember in 1986 when the Nissan Pathfinder was the coolest suv. I really wanted one. This current version has nothing in common with that good looking and capable suv... This is a super duper mommy mobile, certainly not offroad machine, why the name change it to Beverly Hills cruiser
        mr chill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RonMcCord
        I still to this day own one from that generation and it is now nearing 300,000 miles. It's still the coolest SUV on the road. I would rather dump money into it to keep it on the road than buy this round turd. :)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RonMcCord
        [blocked]
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Had to replace two transmissons in the regular ones already, be careful here....
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        how comes the pathfinder just came out 2012 for 2013 using CVT.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          They aren't garbage and they come with a huge warranty. Nissan just deems it easier to slap a new CVT because they own JATCO and have the costs wayyyyy down. Good transmission techs are hard to come by these days and cost an arm and a leg, either in flat rate hours or $ per hour. Hell, I had an older rig that the transmission dumped on, it was cheaper for me to buy a used tranny from a junkyard "rollover" and slap it in.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Haven't you notced that the best warantees come with the crappiest cars? Tommy Boy knew why. Tommy Boy: Let's think about this for a sec, Ted, why do they put a guarantee on a box? Hmm, very interesting. Ted: I'm listening. Tommy Boy: Here's how I see it. A guy puts a guarantee on the box 'cause he wants you to feel all warm and toasty inside. Ted: Yeah, makes a man feel good. Tommy Boy: 'Course it does. Ya think if you leave that box under your pillow at night, the Guarantee Fairy might come by and leave a quarter. Ted: What's your point? Tommy Boy: The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer? "Building model airplanes" says the little fairy, but we're not buying it. Next thing you know, there's money missing off the dresser and your daughter's knocked up, I seen it a hundred times. Ted: But why do they put a guarantee on the box then? Tommy Boy: Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of crap. That's all it is. Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. But for right now, for your sake, for your daughter's sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality item from me. Ted: Hmm. Okay, I'll buy from you. Tommy Boy: Well I... What?
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        Is this your personal vehicle or are you a mechanic? Either way, I think it's pretty dumb that fanboys would downvote a statement of personal experience. Are you talking about the older body on frame pathfinder with the standard torque converter auto, or the new model with the belt CVT? I've been very weary about the belt CVTs. I would not buy any car with one until they have been around for a while and proven themselves to be durable enough. Not that standard autos are great either. Usually they are the weak link in a car's longevity. From what I have heard, though, the belts have been even worse, breaking down more often, and being much more expensive to repair or replace if not under warantee. When I buy a car, I plan to keep it well past its warantee, so this matters to me. I have a Nissan Versa with a manual that has been great. My other car is an aging minivan. I won't replace it with a Quest because of the CVT. I'd like to replace it with something efficient, but if this Pathfinder hybrid has belts, it's off my list too. One of the most appealing things to me about a true hybrid drivetrain as seen on the Prius, Volt and Fusion is that it is durable by nature. The planetary gearset is simple, nearly impossible to break and completely replaces a transmission. The load cycle placed on the engine is also much steadier, becuase the battery and motors act like an energy shock absorber to the enegine. This promotes longer energy life. An Atkinson cycle engine is very efficient, despite having a low volumetric power density, which also promotes long engine life. I hope that Nissan has gone with this design rather than a the Honda CRZ route; atraditional engine and transmission with a motor bolted on somehow as an after thought.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          [blocked]
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          With respect, I'm going to have to take that with a grain of salt because they haven't been around for that long. I'm talking about long term durability, "longevity" not reliability in the first year or two of use. If you've already had three Nissans with CVTs, you likely didn't put too many miles on any of them. If you've driven these cars around 150,000 miles, your experience would be telling.
          rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          the CVT's on the new pathfinder are chain, not belt.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not a fan of SUVs or crossovers, but those are some impressive numbers. There will be a time when almost all these type of vehicles will have to have hybrid powertrains... and that's a good thing. The costs to implement a few batteries, an electric motor and other electronics seems to go down each year to the point where it will be standard equipment for most mainstream models not unlike how power windows and locks became standard equipment ages ago.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great. Real (not mild) hybrid technology is finally reaching larger vehicles at an affordable cost. Right now, the only options for an efficient 3 row vehicle are the Mazda5 which is cheap, for around $20K, but feels very cramped and much less safe than larger vehicles, and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid which has an MSRP of $41K! I am hoping that this hybrid has a planetray gearset (eCVT) rather than the belt CVTs Nissan puts on most of their vehicles. If so, this may be the top contender for my next purchase. Another contender is the upcoming Ford Transit connect wagon. I am hoping that they make it available with the hybrid and plug-in drivetrains from the CMax
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        they cannot use a planetray gear set, it is patent by toyota. it is belt drive ,but there is no torque converter, it is replace by a clutch that is why the acceleration is great.
          noelmwood
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Actually, the patent belongs not to Toyota, but to a Alex Severinsky. Toyota and other companies pays him royalties, but I think that it is ending soon expiring soon. GM uses a planetary gearset in the Volt, and I believe that Ford uses one in the Cmax and Fusion. Toyota surely owns some patents controlling and improving the planetary gearset drive, but they don't have a monopoly that has prevented other companies from developing their own.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          I know totoya was not the first to patent, but they have more patent ,why you think ford license the tech no matter how you try you still end up breaching, because toyota have place 2100 patent on the tech and ford was in breach of 21, but they made agreements.volt is different because the do not exactly have a parallel power split , volt system it is a series hybrid, so no breach. toyota system is a power split parallel hybrid. I there have beeen method to get around it and one is CVT.
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