Nissan: Nissan Pathfinder 1987 – 2017: A brief history

Posted on 08. Jul, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Press Kit


In a mid-1980s, compress pickup trucks were creation vital inroads in a United States lorry market. With their affordable prices, auspicious fuel economy and easy maneuverability, they were ideal for recreational use – generally when surfaced with an aftermarket camper shell.

As Nissan was removing prepared to launch a new era of a pickup, that came to be called a “Hardbody” for a durable double-wall pickup bed and assertive styling, a association rolled out a warn – a full-bodied SUV formed on a new truck’s platform. It was called, in a U.S., a Pathfinder.

Thirty years later, Pathfinder stays one of Nissan’s best-known and renouned nameplates. Following is a brief story as a new 2017 Pathfinder opens a subsequent section of a iconic SUV’s unapproachable heritage.

First Generation (1987 – 1995)

Introduced in 1986 as a 1987 model, a two-door Pathfinder was a trend-setter, pity a assertive front finish styling with a Hardbody pickup, including a 3 plane slots on a front corner of a hood. Underneath, a imperishable body-on-frame height valid renouned with off-road enthusiasts – generally total with a comparatively ample and gentle interior. Halfway by a initial era run (1990 indication year), dual back doors were total – finish with what became Pathfinder’s signature “hidden” C-pillar mounted back doorway handles.

Available engines enclosed a bottom 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V6 rated during 140 horsepower (145 as of 1988). From 1990 by a finish of production, horsepower for a V6 was increasing to 153 hp.

Second Generation (1996 – 2004)

For a 1996 indication year, Pathfinder switched to a unibody height and adopted new, some-more aerodynamic styling – separating Pathfinder from a Nissan pickup design.  Engine banishment grew to 3.3-liters and horsepower increasing to 168 hp.  Additional refinements in doing and float were priorities, and clever sales followed as a result.

For a 2001 indication year, Pathfinder switched to a 3.5-liter V6, partial of a endowment winning VQ-series engine family. Producing 250 horsepower (with a five-speed manual, 240 horsepower for a automatic), a new engine was good perceived by consumers – as were a family accessible interior facilities and technology, such as a Navigation complement with a singular three-dimensional “Birdview” display.

Third Generation (2005 – 2012)

The third-generation Pathfinder done a universe entrance during a 2004 North American International Auto Show, along with new generations of a Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV. With a new 2005 model, Pathfinder returned to body-on-frame construction, regulating a mutated chronicle of a F-Alpha height grown for a then-new Titan full-size pickup and Armada full-size SUV. A separate fold-down 3rd quarrel chair gave Pathfinder seven-passenger capability for a initial time. Pathfinder distinguished a 25th anniversary with a 2011 indication year.

The third generation’s customary powerplant was a incomparable 4.0-liter V6 rated during 266 horsepower and a large 288 lb-ft of torque. For a 2008 indication year, Pathfinder was accessible with a V8 engine for a initial time – borrowing a full-size Armada’s 310-horsepower 5.6-liter V8. With 388 lb-ft of torque a Pathfinder V8 could draw adult to 7,000 lbs. (when scrupulously equipped).

Fourth Generation (2013 – 2016)

With a introduction of a all-new 4th generation, Pathfinder supposing capability with gentle seating for seven, discerning 4WD and 5000-pound customary towing ability – along with an rare turn of reward style, comfort, fuel economy and courteous technology.

Addressing buyers’ enterprise for some-more potency in each aspect of their lives, a all-new 2013 Pathfinder employed a polished new drivetrain featuring a 240 horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine corresponding to a next-generation Xtronic delivery to assistance yield a 30 percent boost in total City/Highway fuel economy over a prior V6-equipped 2012 Pathfinder indication – adult to 27 MPG highway. Use of a unibody height supposing countless benefits, including a prosaic building for extended interior wrapping coherence and some-more space. Overall interior roominess increasing by 8.4 cubic feet contra a prior Pathfinder design.

The fourth era Pathfinder also introduced a prolonged list of innovations, starting with a EZ Flex™ Seating System with 5.5 inches of 2nd quarrel chair transport for palliate of entrance and exit to a 3rd row. The 60/40-split 2nd quarrel featured innovative LATCH AND GLIDE™ record that authorised brazen transformation and entrance to a 3rd quarrel with a child reserve chair remaining firmly in place (on a newcomer quell side).

2017 Pathfinder

Reborn for a 2017 indication year with some-more journey capability, some-more energy and towing capability, a freshened extraneous demeanour and new accessible motorist assistance record features, a new 2017 Pathfinder takes a nameplate to a top turn of performance, record and character ever.

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