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Re-Invented From the Ground-Up: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder on Everyman Driver

The 2022 Pathfinder is all-new from the ground-up. Every inch of the vehicle was carefully designed to convey a sense of strength and capability with a strong front face, wide stance, blister fenders and a shorter front overhang (versus the previous design).

The larger design of the new face of Pathfinder conveys size and strength which, along with larger tires, gives it an authentic, rugged SUV look. Distinctive Nissan signature features are integrated into the new Pathfinder design, such as the V-motion grille with a three-slot grille incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder, C-shaped headlights and floating roofline. Standard LED headlights include slim upper Daytime Running Lights, and the C-pillar has a structural SUV look that allows use of two-tone paint – a first for Pathfinder.

Strong “U-shaped” highlights fuse the powerful fender blisters together, providing a tough, muscled look. In the rear, the wide-aspect LED taillights are slimmer than the previous design. The “boxed out” liftgate returns to the boldness of the first Pathfinder, including the oversized, satin chrome PATHFINDER name. Even the new aluminum-alloy wheel designs have a machined, tool-like seriousness to them.

A total of 14 colors/color combinations are offered, including five new two-tone treatments carefully designed to integrate into the overall design. The new two-tone Scarlet Ember with Super Black Metallic combination brings a high-energy feel and is similar to the iconic bright red color of the original Pathfinder, while the new Obsidian Green Pearl is a solid dark green with a hint of pearl – if rugged outdoor adventure was a color, this would be it.

All-new 9-speed transmission, all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector
The all-new Pathfinder is an ideal family adventure vehicle not just in looks, but in modern capability as well.

Every 2022 Pathfinder features a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 with 259 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response. The all-new transmission consistently delivers the right gear at the right time, helping improve fuel economy and driving comfort. The combination of the proven V6 and all-new 9-speed provides strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or exiting a turn, and minimizes rpm variation on a grade.
Pathfinder 4WD drive models feature Nissan’s all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster.

A new dual-pinion electric power steering system – combined with wider 255/50R20 tires (versus the previous 235/55R20 tires) – provides stable, quick response and a 40 percent improvement in steering angle rate, leading to less steering effort.

The front suspension features an updated mount system, helping increase roll stiffness by 28 percent, and the rear suspension features a multi-link design with updated shock absorbers and dampers, helping increase rear roll stiffness by 14 percent. These updates, coupled with a 50 percent increase in high strength steel, lead to a high quality, confident driving experience.

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder features available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity1 – plenty for common customer needs such as towing boats, ATVs, camp tents or trailers. Trailer Sway Control is standard.

Fuel economy2 is rated at 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 2WD models. For 4WD models, fuel economy figures are 21 mpg city (20 mpg Platinum), 27 mpg highway (25 mpg Platinum) and 23 mpg combined (22 mpg Platinum).

Comfort and flexibility for a modern family space
The interior of the adventure-ready Pathfinder features refined new materials and a robust, open design. Driver and passengers are greeted with a modern, spacious environment.

Among the long list of striking interior touches, a new, available 12.3-inch digital dashboard provides the driver with a variety of easy-to-navigate screen options. Complementing the digital dashboard is an available 10.8-inch Head-Up Display. New to Pathfinder, the Head-Up Display enables the driver to view preferred content such as turn-by-turn directions while staying focused on the road.

An available 9.0-inch color touchscreen center display is placed high on the new simplified, intuitive instrument panel, providing easy visibility and accessibility for the driver and front passenger. Interlocking side vents and door finishers provide a solid structural appearance, and with the use of a new electronic shifter, the new “bridge” front center console adds 13.4 liters of storage space underneath.

While keeping overall vehicle dimensions similar, minor but thoughtful design changes – including increased track width and overall vehicle width, and a widened rear wheelhouse – allow for 164.6 cubic feet total interior volume, up from 154.0 cubic feet on the previous model.

Loading the family is now easier with standard 8-passenger capacity or, for the first time on Pathfinder, available 2nd row captain’s chairs with a no-tools-required removable center console. Nissan’s second-row EZ FLEX® one-touch seating can now be utilized on both the driver and passenger sides, and the seat pitches farther forward to provide a wider opening from driver or passenger side – even with a car seat attached – allowing easier entry/exit to and from the third row3. The 60/40 split folding 3rd row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and cargo.

Nissan designed the Pathfinder’s ample cargo area to accommodate a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags with all three-rows up, and even room to simply slide 4-feet wide plywood sheets into the vehicle – making sure “utility” remains part of the Pathfinder’s SUV credentials. Located under the cargo area floor, a new easy-to-clean luggage box offers 54.1 liters of storage – up from 33.3 liters on the previous model.

Woven cloth, leather- or premium quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seats are offered in a range of new colors and materials, and new ambient interior lighting adds to the vehicle’s premium feel. 

New acoustic laminated front glass, 20 percent thicker 2nd row glass, a 20 percent increase in door isolation area, and 2.5 times thicker carpet backing mass lead to a quieter interior.

Available interior features include a 10-way power driver’s seat, climate controlled front seats, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with 2nd row climate control, and heated rear seats.

Advanced technology and safety, including standard Nissan Safety Shield® 360
NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is standard on all Pathfinder grade levels4. Also available is NissanConnect® with Wi-Fi Hotspot4, a wireless smartphone charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay® integration4, Bose® Premium Audio with 13 speakers, NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM®4, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation5, and digital Intelligent Around View® Monitor6, which features a higher resolution and wider image viewing angle than the previous analog model.

For the first time ever, the 2022 Pathfinder SV and SL grades offer Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on, driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway7.

Pathfinder Platinum grade adds the new ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which was first introduced on the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan’s advanced Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits7.

Every 2022 Pathfinder comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Class-exclusive8 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Rear Door Alert9 are also standard, while Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition are available. Ten airbags are standard (11 on Platinum).

Options for every adventurer
The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is offered in 2WD and 4WD and in four well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum.

Pathfinder S comes equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, NissanConnect® with Apple CarPlay®4 and Android Auto™4, and Nissan Safety Shield® 360. The SV grade adds ProPILOT Assist, NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM®4, heated front seats and outside mirrors and more.

The Pathfinder SL includes ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, Intelligent Around View® Monitor and wireless Apple CarPlay® integration4. Pathfinder Platinum grade adds a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, 10.8-inch Head-Up Display and wireless charging pad, among other additions.

Two packages are available. The SV Premium Package includes the panoramic moonroof, power liftgate with position memory, receiver hitch with 6,000-pound towing capacity, 2nd row captain’s chairs and 2nd row removable center console. The SL Premium Package includes the SV Premium Package content plus heated rear seats, wireless charging pad and Bose® Premium Audio with 13 speakers.

A total of 35 accessories are available to optimize the adventure experience – up from 25 available on the previous model.

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