Nissan Pathfinder stock dries up, successor's timing not confirmed

Nissan's ageing, full-sized crossover is gone from Australia, ahead of the introduction of a redesigned 2022 Pathfinder.

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William Stopford
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Nissan’s large crossover has reached the end of its path… for now

A Nissan Australia has confirmed stock of the current model has been exhausted, ahead of the introduction of the redesigned 2022 model revealed earlier this year.

It’s not yet clear when the new model will touch down.

Nissan expects to be in a position to confirm timing later in 2021, but CarExpert understands a 2022 arrival is on the cards.

A 2022 introduction would mean Nissan is overhauling three quarters of its local crossover range in one year, with a redesigned Qashqai and X-Trail also due.

The current Pathfinder, the first to eschew any kind of off-road pretensions albeit not the first to use a unibody construction, was introduced in 2013.

That makes it even older than the current X-Trail and Qashqai, which were both launched in 2014.

The Pathfinder has struggled in the sales charts in recent years against the likes of the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9.

That’s despite being a similarly North American-oriented model and offering one of the roomiest cabins in the segment, as well as the option of hybrid power.

The current Pathfinder climbed to a peak of 6433 sales in 2015, before losing sales every year thereafter.

Last year, Nissan sold 1118 Pathfinders. In contrast, Mazda sold 6747 CX-9s and Toyota sold 8403 Klugers.

It was available with a choice of a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 with 202kW of power, 340Nm and a continuously-variable transmission, and a supercharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 188kW of power and 330Nm of torque paired with a 15kW electric motor.

Both powertrains were available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The redesigned Pathfinder continues to use a 3.5-litre V6, though it’s swapped the CVT out for a new nine-speed automatic transmission and offers more power and torque (+10kW and +11Nm).

Although it has the same 2900mm wheelbase as before, the 2022 Pathfinder is 39mm shorter, 19mm wider, and has a 19mm higher roof than the current model.

Nissan describes it as being “all-new from the ground up” and it’s had a substantial upgrade in technology.

There’s a new 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, plus an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.8-inch colour head-up display.

An eight-seat interior will be standard in the US market, with second-row captain’s chairs optional.

With 10 airbags, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, reverse AEB, and auto high-beam, even base models come well equipped.

Adaptive cruise control is also available, with higher-spec Pathfinders featuring the latest ProPilot Assist with Navi-Link, a more capable adaptive cruise control system that will slow for corners or junctions based on navigation data.

MORE: Nissan Pathfinder news and reviews


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