The new Ford Explorer is already out. The US carmaker sets up the challenge to all rivals. Toyota is responding. And what is happening with Nissan and its Pathfinder? Can they keep up the pace? When we will see the new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder? How much it will cost? The new model is not ready yet, but we can find some speculations showing the directions of development for the next season. Well, there are two ways for the new three-row SUV – it will be an all-new model, or it comes unchanged. Minor changes are not acceptable.
We believe some radical cuts are on the way for the mid-size SUV. Definitely, this is one of the segments that require frequent updates. Most flagship models are introducing new technologies in this class. Also, Nissan will benefit from the new Monograph concept prepared by its luxurious Infiniti branch. But, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder can’t count on too many of these in its base variant. One of the things we would like to see is a hybrid engine, but it still seems unlikely to happen.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
We are pretty sure the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is going through a redesign. The current generation is already six years old. The last facelift happened in 2017. We can see it as a mid-cycle update. Now, the circle came to an end and some radical changes are required. Also, if we take a look at the competition, we will see the Pathfinder is one of the oldest models out there. So, both exterior and interior updates will have to refresh the appearance.
Still, there are some cool features that the new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder could carry over from its predecessors. ProPilot is one of the company’s best systems. Autonomous drive on the new SUV could get to the new levels. Currently, it uses emergency braking and lane keep assist. Next year, more of the self-driving features could boost interest in the new Pathfinder. Other updates include infotainment system, the look of the dashboard, seating layout, and maybe a new trim level.
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will definitely continue to use a 3.5-liter V6 engine as the main choice. This unit is capable to burst 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is on par with its main rivals. On the other hand, the towing capacity is above average, with a rating at 6,000 pounds. This engine returns 20/27 mpg with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive comes with 19/26 mpg. A controversial CVT is the only transmission available for this SUV. Fans are divided. Some love it, some hate the CVT.
Rumors about the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder are still mentioning the hybrid drivetrain. Well, we are pretty sure this is not going to happen. The company will lose a lot, but they are aiming the expansion to other areas. Like some of its rivals, the new SUV could offer a turbocharged four-cylinder unit as the optional drivetrain. There won’t be some big gain in fuel efficiency or power, but Nissan will improve the offer range.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Trim Levels and Accessories
The new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will keep the current lineup of trim levels for sure. There are four basic packages of equipment available for the seven-seat SUV. The entry-level model is S, the mid-range offer includes SL and SV. You will get the most of the Pathfinder if you purchase Platinum trim. Currently, the company offers Creek Edition model for SL and SV trims. In the future, we will probably see some other versions. The Pro-4X would be a great addition. It will boost off-road specs of the Pathfinder. It would also introduce the SUV like the new rival for the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
18-inch wheels are standard, as well as DRLs and roof rails. Inside, there is three-zone climate control. Fog lights are available with upper trim levels. More important, SV models are offering more driver aid accessories, such as intelligent cruise control and blind spot monitor. SL adds advanced features, as well as the leather interior upholstery with heated front seats. On the Platinum SUV, everything is premium. Panoramic moonroof, 20-inch wheels, Bose audio, and many more will make this one of the best offers on the market. The Platinum Reserve is even more luxurious package available for some models. One of them could be the new Pathfinder.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Prices
The company could announce the new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder at any time. Then, we will finally know the level of changes in the new SUV. Still, the Japanese carmaker won’t have too much space for the price increase. The base model will remain under $33,000. Depending on features, the new SV could add around $3,000 more in various features, while the SL exceeds $40k. Top of the range model is Platinum, which will probably cost more than $50,000 in 2020. Platinum Reserve is even more expensive. If you want an AWD, it will cost you another two grands.