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All-New 2022 Pathfinder

NASHVILLE, Tenn./Mississauga, Ont. – Today, Nissan unveiled the All-New 2022 Pathfinder to the media in a virtual product launch. We bring you the highlights from the live launch of the Pathfinder as well as the All-New Frontier (part two)

We’ll start with the Pathfinder highlights…

• Bold, rugged all-new design
• 3.5-litre Direct Injection V6
• 284-horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque
• All-new 9-speed transmission for smooth, direct response
• All-new standard Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector
• Available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity allows drivers to confidently haul boats, ATVs and trailers
• Seating for up to eight, with new captain’s chairs option, and new EZ FLEX one-touch release for the second-row seats
• All-new available 10.8-inch Head-up Display, 12.3-inch digital dashboard
• ProPILOT Assist with Navi-Link and standard Nissan Safety Shield 360
• Available Panoramic Moonroof

“Thirty-five years after the launch of the original model, Pathfinder has returned to its rugged roots, loaded with the benefit of everything learned along the way,” said Adam Paterson, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “Today’s large SUV owners want a vehicle that conveys strength and rugged capability, while using advanced safety and technology features to keep their family safe and comfortable during every-day adventures, and the all-new 2022 Pathfinder is ready to take on those adventures.”

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder goes on sale in summer 2021

• The larger design of the new face of Pathfinder conveys size and strength along with larger tires, gives it an authentic, rugged SUV look.
• Distinctive Nissan signature features are integrated into the new Pathfinder design, such as the V-motion grille with a three-slot grille incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder, C-shaped headlights and floating roofline.
• Standard LED headlights include slim upper Daytime Running Lights, and the C-pillar has a structural SUV look that allows use of two-tone paint – a first for Pathfinder.

A total of 11 colours/colour combinations are offered, including four new two-tone treatments carefully designed to integrate into the overall design. New two-tone Scarlet Ember with Super Black Metallic brings a high-energy feel and is similar to the iconic bright red colour of the original Pathfinder, while new Obsidian Green Pearl is a solid dark green with a hint of pearl – if rugged outdoor adventure was a colour, this would be it.

All-new 9-speed transmission, new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector
The all-new Pathfinder is an ideal family adventure vehicle not just in looks, but in modern capability as well.

Every 2022 Pathfinder features a 284-horsepower 3.5-litre Direct Injection V6 with 259 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response.

The combination of the proven V6 and all-new 9-speed provides strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or driving out of a turn, and minimizes rpm variation on a grade.

All 2022 Pathfinder models feature Nissan’s new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the metre cluster.

A new dual-pinion electric power steering system combined with wide, 255-mm tires provide stable handling with a sporty feel. Stability and confidence is bolstered by Pathfinder’s front strut and rear independent multi-link suspension design with front and rear stabilizer bars and 4-wheel disc brake system

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder offers an available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity (Best-In-Class) – plenty for towing boats, ATVs, camp tents or trailers and a tow hitch with harness. Trailer Sway Control is standard.

Interior quietness has been greatly improved, with acoustic laminated front glass, thicker 2nd row glass, increased door and floor isolation, and a 60 percent increase in engine noise absorption.

Among the long list of striking interior touches, a new, available 12.3-inch digital dashboard provides the driver with a variety of easy-to-navigate screen options. Complementing the digital dashboard is an available 10.8-inch Head-up Display. New to Pathfinder, the Head-Up Display enables the driver to view preferred content such as turn-by-turn directions while staying focused on the road.

An available 9.0-inch colour touchscreen centre display is placed high on the new simplified, intuitive instrument panel, providing easy visibility and accessibility for the driver and front passenger. Interlocking side vents and door finishers provide a solid structural appearance, and with the use of a new electronic shifter, the new “bridge” front centre console allows extra storage space underneath.

Woven cloth, leather- or premium quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seats are offered in a range of new colours and materials. Brushed bronze metallic accents are among the five available interior “environments,” while new ambient interior lighting adds an even higher level of ambiance.

Standard interior features include a 10-way power driver’s seat and Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with 2nd row climate control. Climate controlled front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

Seat Flexibility
Has been improved with standard 8-passenger capacity or – for the first time on Pathfinder – available 2nd row captain’s chairs with a no-tools-required removable centre console. The 2nd row bench seat now offers EZ FLEX one-touch release fold/side with push button activation from both the driver and passenger sides, making life easy for parents and backseat passengers alike – even with a car seat attached. The 60/40 split folding 3rd row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and cargo, including under-floor storage.

Nissan designed the Pathfinder’s ample cargo area to accommodate a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags with all three-rows up, and even carry 4×8-foot plywood sheets – making sure “utility” remains part of the Pathfinder’s SUV credentials.

Advanced Technology And Safety, Including Standard Nissan Safety Shield 360
NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, NissanConnect with WiFi Hot Spot and NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM are standard on all Pathfinder grade levels.

Also available is a wireless smartphone charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay, Bose Premium Audio with 13 speakers, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation, and Intelligent Around View Monitor, which features a higher resolution and wider image viewing angle than the previous model.

For the first time ever, the 2022 Pathfinder offer Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT Assist standard on S and SV grades, a hands-on driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway.

HUDPathfinder SL and Platinum grades add the new ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which was recently introduced on the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan’s advanced Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits. ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link uses mapping to know the road ahead – curves, interchanges, junctions and the new system can even adjust your set speed based on traffic signs.

Every 2022 Pathfinder comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes six standard features that monitor ahead, behind, and either side of your Pathfinder which includes:
• Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
• Blind Spot Warning
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• High Beam Assist
• Rear Automatic Braking
• Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
• Intelligent Driver Alertness
• Blind Spot Intervention
• Intelligent Lane Intervention
• Rear Door Alert are also standard
• Ten airbags
Traffic Sign Recognition is available

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is offered in 4WD and in four well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum.
One package – SL Premium – is also available.

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Text: Iain Shankland/Nissan – Images: Nissan