After the facelift in 2019, the Pathfinder SUV is not going to make any serious changes until 2022. Enthusiasts are talking about the new generation. However, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is going to be unchanged with the company focusing on the new version. Well, a few trim levels and some options will be notable additions. We hope to see a hybrid model. Besides that, the infotainment system will get an update with the latest features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Four trim levels are currently available with the Rock Creek edition as an upgrade for SL and SV versions. Nissan will prepare new upgrade packages for the 2021 YM and the SUV could get a model that is more off-road oriented. It won’t be an easy task to maintain the position in the mid-size three-row SUV segment with such modest changes, but the carmaker is keeping their best for the new generation of the flagship model.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder vs Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot
Definitely, two of the biggest rivals for the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder are Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. There is also the new Toyota Highlander on the way, and Korean companies are entering the big rig market after successful stints in the compact segment. The new Explorer is setting up some standards. The redesign and the PHEV version are definitely luring more buyers.
Toyota Highlander was the only hybrid model in the class, but now, we expect the reaction from the Japanese carmaker. The other company from the same country established itself as a leader and it seems like Nissan is losing the pace in this class. So, the changes on the new Pathfinder must be stunning and some sources are claiming the EV version could make a strong statement. But, as said, the 2022 Pathfinder will bring serious changes.
The new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will keep the current lineup. That means the entry-level model will be Pathfinder S. Mid-range offer will come with two versions – SV and SL. Top of the class SUV is Platinum. There are some rumors telling the new Pathfinder could get a new trim, Pro-4X. This is a package that improves off-road capabilities and that is the missing piece of the puzzle in Pathfinder’s lineup. All-terrain equipment will definitely lure some buyers. The 2021 YM is going to be built on a unibody platform, so it can’t match capabilities of the body-on-frame Toyota 4Runner.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engine, Horsepower, Gas Mileage
If there are no changes in styling, the company is not going to replace the crucial part of the reliable drivetrain system. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is there to deliver 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Xtronic CVT transmission sends power to a 4×2 system by default. All trim levels are also offering a 4×4 model. The gearbox also features Valve Timing Control System. Start/stop system will also be standard, as well as the hill start assist. Independent rear suspension is definitely an advantage if you are about to test the off-road skills of this SUV.
Pathfinder Hybrid is Not Coming Yet?
Fans are talking about the hybrid version ever since Toyota launched its Highlander. But, no other company is responding to this challenge. Until now, when the Ford launched Explorer PHEV. We also saw spy photos of the Honda Pilot plug-in hybrid. And what about the Pathfinder?
It is obvious that all companies are streaming to the electric sources of power. Nissan is well-known for its LEAF, as the best selling EV of all time. But now, when there is a competition in the market, we expect further improvements from the Japanese carmaker. Nissan is too slow for the rivals and the 2021 Pathfinder should show first signs of electrification, at least as a concept or a test for the new generation.
Price is Unchanged
The biggest changes we can expect for the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is equipment update. The company will make some advanced features available for lower trim levels. However, it is not going to affect the price and the MSRP will stay under $32,000 for Pathfinder S with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive upgrade will cost $1,800 for all models.
SV, as the mid-range model, will probably get the most novelties. Its price could leap over $35k, while the more serious upgrades are coming with the SL package. Leather seats with front row getting heated bucket are there to bump the cost to $40,000. Heavily-loaded Pathfinder Platinum, with large wheels, sunroof, and premium audio system will be the most expensive model in the lineup.