It can be called forgiven, but the Pathfinder is still one of the most intriguing Nissan’s SUVs. The company hasn’t updated it in a while, so buyers got bored with the same old look. But, it is about to be changed soon, according to multiple sources and spy photos we had a chance to see. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder prototypes are heavily covered with camouflage. Well, the boxy look is still there, but the SUV seems to be slightly larger. The level of changes will be massive, outside and inside. Spy photographers managed to catch a big touchscreen display in the cabin. Well, this is the trend for all new Nissan vehicles and we see a couple of redesigned models also wearing big displays.
Not only styling but also the engine room is going to bring a lot of changes. We find there a reliable V6 unit, but like the design, it is becoming old and boring. So, Nissan will have to figure out how to shake things up. One of the options we can hear is a turbo-four unit. Well, the pros and cons are there, but most experts believe such a system can’t replace a six-cylinder engine. On the other hand, a hybrid is a must now. Also, a performance model can increase the level of power.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
Test mules are heavily covered in spy photos. On the other hand, there are a lot of concepts available that can provide inspiration for the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. One of them is Patrol full-size SUV, a vehicle that we find in the US coming out as Armada. Still, before the company updates its largest model, Pathfinder will borrow some solutions. The V-Shape grille is revisited and the new headlights and bumper will complete the facelift. The overall shape seems to be slightly revisited. But, the SUV remains a boxy vehicle with a bold design. We see it as the Ford Bronco’s rival.
Not only the exterior but also the cabin will be new. Designers might pay even more attention to the interior. A new layout should provide more space for passengers. The rear row was tight and suitable only for children. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder seems to be longer than before, which promises more room inside. Currently, the SUV comes with 80 cubic feet. The third row is foldable and it can make more space for storage, or passengers in the middle row when they slide the seats back.
Spy photos are unveiling the new infotainment center, with a huge touchscreen display. Nissan is also working on the next-gen multimedia system with more options and features. The top of the lineup versions might get a high level of autonomous drive. The ultimate goal is to develop a fully-independent system. For the foreseeable future, Nissan is announcing Level 4.
Hybrid, Turbo-Four, or V8?
It is obvious that Pathfinder cannot stand the competition with a single engine choice. Well, to be honest, a 3.5-liter V6 is very reliable and durable, featuring also one of the toughest trucks in the market, Frontier. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder still needs some kind of an update, although a six-cylinder unit is probably remaining the main choice. It will be hard to replace and match 270 hp with 6,000 pounds of towing potential. In this segment, Pathfinder is one of the leaders, with most rivals sitting at 5,000 lbs.
The most likely addition should be the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. There are no details on this configuration, but we assume a V6 can be the base for upgrades. Also, Nissan will introduce a more powerful system for the premium Infiniti QX60. A 3.5-liter engine, supported with electric batteries, could make the Pathfinder producing more than 300 hp. The most important improvements will happen in the gas mileage. The mpg rating will depend on many things, and we lack details about the base petrol drivetrain and electric battery the Pathfinder is going to use.
Experts also mention a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a good alternative. It won’t be the first time the mid-size three-row SUV is using such a configuration. Still, it is hard to impress drivers with smaller displacements. On the other hand, a V8 is also not impossible. Some mid-size SUVs are using it and Nissan has a perfect model for Pathfinder. A 5.6-liter unit is able to deliver 400 hp, which might be a centerpiece of the Nismo package. If the company is after such a model, then a twin-turbo V6 is also a good idea.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Prices
Nissan already started releasing their new vehicles. Infiniti QX60 is a premium sibling to the 2022 Pathfinder, and it will use a lot of features from the Monograph concept. Rogue is the first model that will appear refreshed in the US, while in Europe, that will be Qashqai. After the redesign, the new Pathfinder is going to come with a slightly higher price, probably close to $35,000.