The Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek sees the nameplate once again allude to its history as a more rugged off-roader.

It goes on sale in the US during the third quarter of 2022. We’ve contacted Nissan Australia to confirm if it’ll be part of the local range when the US-built crossover arrives in Australia later this year.

Given the car’s marketing pitch, it’s no surprise the Rock Creek has “off-road tuned” suspension that sits 16mm higher off the ground.

This is paired with all-terrain tyres with 18-inch beadlock-style alloy wheels, and a surround-view camera system which includes an off-road mode.

There’s also a more rugged design for the front fascia with bronze highlights around the lower air intake, a black V-motion grille with honeycomb insert, and silver trim around the ports on the grille’s top edge.

Standard features include a tubular roof rack capable of carrying 100kg worth of gear, and a tow hitch receiver and harness.

There are eight single-colour and four two-tone paint schemes to choose from.

Inside the cabin, the seats are covered in a mix of leatherette and fabric.

The Rock Creek logo is embroidered on the seats and center console arm rest, while orange contrast stitching is used on the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel, door panels, and centre console.

In the US the Rock Creek is only available second-row captain’s chairs, limiting total passenger capacity to seven people.

Perhaps more significantly for some, the Rock Creek is the most powerful iteration yet of the fifth-generation Pathfinder.

Thanks to a remapped fuel system, the Rock Creek’s 3.5-litre V6 now cranks out 220kW and 366Nm when using premium unleaded. That’s up 8kW and 15Nm over regular versions of the Pathfinder.

Naturally all-wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission used in the rest of the Pathfinder range.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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