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2022 Nissan Pathfinder detailed: New Toyota Kluger and Jeep Grand Cherokee rival debuts with bold styling, fresh tech and no CVT

The new Nissan Pathfinder looks dramatically different to its predecessor.

Nissan has revealed the fifth-generation Pathfinder, with the new large SUV debuting with bold styling, fresh technology and no continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Measuring 5004mm long (-38mm), 1979mm wide (+19mm) and 1778mm tall (+12mm) with a 2900mm wheelbase (unchanged), the latest Pathfinder looks dramatically different to its predecessor.

Up front, an enlarged version of Nissan’s signature V-motion grille dominates, with it featuring three slots in a homage to the original Pathfinder, while C-shaped LED headlights (including daytime running lights) are located to the sides.

Around the corner, the new Pathfinder’s boxier profile is apparent, as too is its ‘floating’ roof, with the contrasting pillars able to be complemented by one of five two-tone paintwork options. Machined alloy wheels measure either 18 or 20 inches in diameter.

At the rear, slim LED tail-lights are connected by a black bar. Below it is large Satin Chrome ‘Pathfinder’ lettering, which punctuates the ‘boxed out’ tailgate that takes inspiration from the first Pathfinder.

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Inside, the latest Pathfinder is available with seven (2+2+3 with middle captain’s chairs and a removable centre console) or eight (2+3+3) seats in the US, but it is possible the Australian version will stick with the more conventional seven-seat configuration (2+3+2).

Either way, the new Pathfinder’s interior is a thoroughly modern affair, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster optional (a 7.0-inch multifunction display is standard), while the touchscreen multimedia system ‘floats’ and is offered in 8.0- and 9.0-inch sizes.

The latest Pathfinder can also be had with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto support, a 10.8-inch head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, heated/cooled front seats, heated middle seats, quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery and ambient lighting.

Accessed via a hands-free power-operated tailgate, the boot has a cargo capacity of 470L (+21L) with all three rows in use but expands to 1274L (-68L) with the third stowed and then to 2280L (+29L) with the second also folded.

While the Pathfinder is still powered by a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine, it now produces 212kW of power (+10kW) and 351Nm of torque (+11Nm), and is mated to a new nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission instead of the previous CVT.

Front-wheel drive is still standard, but an all-wheel-drive system with seven drive modes (Eco, Standard, Sport, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow) is now optional. Maximum braked towing capacity is once again 2700kg.

There’s no word yet on whether the Toyota Kluger and Jeep Grand Cherokee rival will be offered with a ‘self-charging’ series-parallel hybrid powertrain like its forebear was, but it would be a surprising development if it wasn’t.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front and rear autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, high-beam assist, driver attention alert, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and surround-view cameras plus 10 airbags (including front-centre).

While it’s not yet known which unibody platform the new Pathfinder rides on, we do know it makes the switch from hydraulic to speed-sensitive electric motoring steering, while its suspension consists of MacPherson-strut front and independent multi-link rear axles.

Nissan Australia to confirm local launch timing for the latest Pathfinder when contacted by CarsGuide, with right-hand-drive production details to be confirmed. For reference, it will be released in the US in the third quarter.