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Nissan Pathfinder 2021: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado rival to finally ditch CVT with new engine and nine-speed automatic - reports

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The Nissan Pathfinder is due for a major update, and details are beginning to emerge.
The Nissan Pathfinder is due for a major update, and details are beginning to emerge.

The new Nissan Pathfinder will ditch the unpopular CVT automatic in favour or a new nine-speed gearbox which promises to improve the drive experience considerably, according to new reports. 

That's the word from AllCarNews, with the outlet reporting that the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will say goodbye to the CVT automatic, as part of a massive overhaul for the venerable SUV.

What's unclear yet is just what that gearbox will be partnering with. The current Pathfinder range includes a 3.5-litre V6 petrol (202kW and 340Nm) and a hybrid four-cylinder powertrain than produces a total 172kW and 330Nm.

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But reports out of the USA suggest a new petrol engine could be in the offing, namely the 3.8-litre V6 that's currently used in the Nissan Frontier, and that produces some 231kW and 381Nm.

That would be a welcome update for the Nissan, with the 2021 change also expected to welcome new cabin technology (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and a new cabin design. 

Nissan is yet to confirm timing for the new model (but expect to see something this year), so in the meantime, watch this space. 

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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