First Look: Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan has sent the rugged Nissan Pathfinder away to one of those fancy finishing schools, and it?s back with a new level of sophistication, comfort, fuel-efficiency and innovative technology.

Available at dealers in fall 2012, Pathfinder is one of 20 new or redesigned products Nissan has scheduled for dealers in the next two years.

?Nissan is in a great position today. Sales are up, market share is increasing and our dealers have a great selection of 2012 Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs in inventory,? said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. ?This new Pathfinder Concept is just the beginning of a far-reaching wave of new products on the horizon for Nissan. By the end of 2012, more than 70 percent of our sales volume will be all-new or redesigned.?

Pathfinder 4.0, the concept for the fourth generation of this best known Nissan brand, is distinguished with sweeping character lines that forecast the character of future Nissan designs.? The aerodynamic body styling also debuts an innovative flexible three-row seating system with seven-passenger capacity.

With stringent new fuel economy requirements, on the horizon, the Pathfinder Concept takes a big step delivering an expected 25 percent increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy for the new model.

In addition to offering an intuitive four-wheel-drive system, the new Pathfinder will also have towing capacity competitive with the leaders in the segment.

Initial concept designs shown at the recent Detroit auto show were limited to exterior details, with interior and technology to come. Officials promise the new cabin will deliver innovation and class-above craftsmanship ? with excellent legroom in all three rows and ample cargo room behind the 3rd row.?