Nissan has updated its Pathfinder seven-seat SUV as part of a mid-life refresh, bringing better performance from its 3.5-litre V6, improvements to standard specification, and a hike in price for certain variants.
Price rises are limited to four of the Pathfinder’s nine variants, including three of the mid-spec ST-L variants that increase by between $1700 and $2500, and the base-level two-wheel-drive V6 ST, which has gone up by $500 to $41,990 before on-roads.
The price rises on the ST-L variants are due to an increased level of standard specification such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and around-view monitor, which were previously optional.
Extra safety gear has also been added, including adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and autonomous emergency braking, while the around-view monitor includes moving-object detection to point out pets or children.
Affordability in the Pathfinder range is still slightly better than the Kluger range.
The styling of the Pathfinder has been refreshed with Nissan’s “V-Motion” grille dominating the front fascia, along with a reshaped bonnet, front and rear bumpers, revised fog lights and tail-lights and new headlights with LED daytime running lights.
Variants using the VQ V6 engine now come with extra grunt to bring it closer in power to that of its main rival, the Toyota Kluger, thanks to the addition of a direct fuel injection mirror-bore cylinder coating that gets rid of cast-iron cylinder liners and reduces friction.
These additions bring its total output to 202kW (up 12kW) and 340Nm (up 15Nm), almost duplicating the 201kW/337Nm totals from the Kluger’s identically-sized V6 unit.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, half of the components in the updated V6 are new to the Pathfinder, which include redesigned pistons, new intake manifold, and new heads with electronic variable valve control and a revised combustion chamber design.
The V6 still comes married to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that includes simulated upshifts, with fuel consumption improving by 0.1L/100km at 9.9L/100km for two-wheel-drive variants, and 10.1L/100km for all-paw models.
The other powertrain option, the 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid system, makes a combined 188kW/330Nm, and sips 8.6L/100km – an unchanged figure.
As with the pre-facelift range, diesel-burning options are not offered.
Standard spec on the entry-level ST includes 18-inch alloys, LED running lights, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition, a third row child seat tether point, and advanced driver-assist display.
The ST-L adds adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking with forward-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, moving object detection and sat-nav with traffic monitoring.
The range-topping Ti variant receives motional activated tailgate, LED headlights with auto-levelling, 20-inch alloy wheels, and refreshed second-row entertainment screens with wireless headphones, remote control and HDMI/USB ports.
Despite its price rise to $41,990, affordability in the Pathfinder range is still slightly better than the Kluger range, which kicks off with the 2WD GX variant at $42,190 plus on-roads.
Sales of the Pathfinder in January have shot up 71.8 per cent to 933 units following driveaway pricing deals on run-out variants.
2017 Nissan Pathfinder list pricing
Nissan Pathfinder ST V6 2WD – automatic – $41,990 (up $500)
Nissan Pathfinder ST Hybrid 2WD – automatic – $44,490
Nissan Pathfinder ST V6 4WD – automatic – $45,490
Nissan Pathfinder ST-L V6 2WD – automatic – $53,690
Nissan Pathfinder ST-L V6 4WD – automatic – $57,690
Nissan Pathfinder ST-L Hybrid 4WD – automatic – $60,690
Nissan Pathfinder Ti V6 2WD – automatic – $62,190
Nissan Pathfinder Ti V6 4WD – automatic – $66,190
Nissan Pathfinder Ti Hybrid 4WD – automatic – $69,190