The Nissan Pathfinder was first introduced globally in 1986. A second-generation model followed suit in 1996, and the third generation Pathfinder was launched at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. This model was brought into the Philippine market in 2005.
Its final facelifted version was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010.
The final version of the Nissan Pathfinder came with a range of modified exterior elements including the bonnet, a revised grille, a longer wheelbase, and a rounder bumper. While it retained its athletic and dominating façade, it came with more modernized character lines and molding across the doors to give the SUV a more elegant touch. Flanked on the large grille were newly-designed Xenon headlamps that match the projectors at the rear. The V8 top-range models came with a discreet V8 badge to distinguish them from the rest of the nameplate’s lineup. Completing the look of the Pathfinder were 18-inch alloys.
Inside, the Nissan Pathfinder shows that it was built for functionality and practicality. It is decked mostly in hard plastics with well-placed gauges and user-friendly controls, and fabric wrapped seats. The higher trim LE variant comes with leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and wood trims around the cabin.
All variants had ample legroom and headroom in the three rows of seats, which could be configured to make the most of the Pathfinder's space with a fully foldable front passenger seat, a 40/20/40-split second row, and a 50/50-split third row.
Technology & Safety features
The Nissan Pathfinder base variants had a 9.3GB Music Box entertainment system, Bluetooth compatibility, and Bose sound system for entertainment. The higher trims came with a 7-inch screen with multi-information display, with the top-spec LE model having an option to integrate Nissan’s Intelligent Key system and the DVD system.
In terms of safety, the Japanese SUV was equipped with a back-up camera, dual-zone climate control, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, Electronic stability control, and side-impact and side curtain airbags as standard across all variants.
Platform & Chassis
The Pathfinder used the Nissan F-Alpha platform, returning to a body on frame construction. Front and rear suspension came in the form of an independent double-wishbone. Stopping power came from four-wheel disc brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
There were two engine options for the Nissan Pathfinder based on the variant. The base S variant was powered by a Nissan V9X Engine 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel that produced 228 hp and 550 Nm of torque, paired with either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. The higher trim SE and LE models, on the other hand, ran on a 5.6-liter V8 VK56DE engine with (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System) CVTCS that spewed out 317 hp and 526 Nm of torque. It was mated to a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission with Manual Mode that sent power to either the rear wheels or all wheels.