The path to the top

On and off the beaten path, the new Nissan Pathfinder offers ample power and seven- seater practicality

Thinking back to the year 1985, there are few icons of the era still alive and kicking. From music to fashion to movies and kid’s toys, sometimes the remakes fall short of the memory of the original. Thankfully, Nissan continue to buck this trend in a big way.

With their latest Z-car just as popular and sporty as ever, Nissan are expanding the legacy of another classic badge — one born in ‘85. The new Pathfinder is a worthy successor to a name which has spanned the decades, and its latest form displays accelerated evolution. 

The original Pathfinder was to go on to sell in huge numbers over an entire decade, with an evolving lineup of engine options charting the rise of the modern turbo diesel. Pathfinders of this vintage were also built tough — you can still see many of them on the road today — something which can’t be said for all its competitors. The mission for this new model then was to build on historic strengths.

Fast forward to 2017, and Nissan are justifiably proud of a new, more polished, more grown-up new generation of the Pathfinder. The refined, roomy seven-seater has lost the angular and brutal look of its forebears, while retaining the tough underpinnings which made them so popular. Now looking sleek and curved, in line with Nissan’s 21st century design aesthetic — think GT — the Ti 4WD model Pathfinder boasts leather trim, tri-zone climate control, in-headrest monitors for computer games and movies, a panoramic moon roof and 13 powerful Bose speakers. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s gone soft, though. When duty calls, the Pathfinder can still mix it up with the best.

While a two wheel drive model is available for those who want to exclusively cruise the urban jungle, the four wheel drive iteration of this machine stays true to its roots — and then some. With an economical v6 under the hood developing 202 kilowatts and 340 Newton-metres of torque, this is clearly the work of the people who brought us the Terrano and Safari. Safety has also taken a big leap forward, with a full suite of electronic assists to help keep the Pathfinder sure-footed, even when the tar seal runs out. It will certainly carry and tow even a very large family and their gear just about anywhere. — all while still being an eminently comfortable ride around town, and priced from just under $55,500. A test drive is in order as soon as possible for adventure seekers.


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