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For its latest redesign, the Nissan Pathfinder has ditched its previous truck-based platform in favour of a car-like uni-body underpinnings that have brought about the new SUV set to take the local market by storm. While this means that tackling trails is no longer its forte, the switch does endow the new Pathfinder 2015 SUV with class-leading fuel economy and improved on-road manners to go along with a well-furnished cabin with seating for seven.

Revisions to the Pathfinder for the latest model include a host of changes to trim level and options package content, in addition to a new Family Entertainment Package with a D player and dual 7,0-inch screens.

The crossover’s CVT has also been retained, and all-wheel-drive models gain Hill Descent Control.

In place of the boxy shape of its predecessor, the latest Pathfinder features softer, more fluid lines that hint at the less rugged — but more refined — structure that lies beneath.

This new car-based architecture helps the crossover weight in at 500 lbs. less than before.

The reduced mass, in turn, aids the Pathfinder in achieving excellent efficiency figures from its 260-horsepower, 240-lb ft of torque 3.5 liter V6.

Its standard front-wheel-drive from the crossover is capable of returning 20 city26 highway22 combined mpg, while an available four-wheel-drive system aids extra foul-weather traction but increases consumption to 19 city25 highway21 combined mpg. In normal situations it drives the front wheels only, diverting power rearward when extra grip is needed should the driver desire, it can also be locked into FWD-only mode for optimal economy or 4WD-only for light off-roading.

The vehicle’s maximum towing capacity is rated at 5 000 lbs with the V6.Those seeking even better fuel economy can opt for the Pathfinder Hybrid, which is good for 25 city27 highway26 combined mpg with FWD or 4WD.

Despite those impressive numbers, the Hybrid is actually nearly as powerful as the standard Pathfinder — it uses a 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder that teams up with an electric motor to produce 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. In this case, going green doesn’t require settling for snail-like acceleration, although it does entail a lower, 3,500-lb. tow rating.

All Pathfinder models shift through a continuously variable transmission that plays a big part in the fuel-thrifty ways. It can, however, induce prolonged bouts of high-rpm engine droning under medium-to-heavy acceleration.

Roominess and versatility are defining characteristics of the interior, which boasts second-row seats with 5.5-inches of forwards and backwards travel so that second or third row legroom can be prioritised. A Latch and Glide system means the second row can be folded forward for easy access to the rearmost seats, which offer adequate space for children or short adults.

Sixteen cubic feet of cargo space are available behind the third row, while 47,8 and 79,8 cubes can be unlocked by folding the second and third rows flat, respectively.

Clever packaging means the hybrid model’s lithium-ion battery pack doesn’t eat into passenger or cargo space.

In terms of design and materials, there’s a definite upscale feel to the cabin, from the quality of the materials to the tasteful layout of the dashboard.

Things can be further upgraded with a variety of options including a voice-activated navigation system, a 13 speaker Bose stereo and an impressive Around View system that uses four cameras to provide a 360-degree overhead view of the Pathfinder’s surroundings.

The Pathfinder is available in S, SV, SL and Limited trim levels and the Hybrid model is only offered with the three upper trims.

Bluetooth connectivity, a proximity key, a USB input, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift, auxiliary audiovideo input jacks, Sirius satellite radio, a seven-inch info display and speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers.

Fog lights, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a Homelink universal transceiver and heated exterior mirrors are newly standard for the latest model year.

The vehicle brings leather upholstery, a power lift gate, remote start, heated front and rear seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, wood-tone trim, chrome body side mouldings, stainless steel kick plates, memory functionality for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors and a digital compass.

A 120V power outlet has also been added for the latest model year.

A new Family Entertainment Package brings a D system with dual headrest 7,0 inch screens.

Source : The Herald