The Japanese manufacturer is working on the next generation of the popular SUV, which is about to come as 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. The famous model has been around for more than three decades. So far, we have seen four generations of it. It all started in 1987. While the first three generations were designed in a classic SUV manner, the current one is a crossover. Like many SUVs, this one also turned to a unibody platform.
The new model will continue in the same way. It has been spotted on the road already, which indicates that the 2020 Pathfinder is in the advanced stage of development. The new model should come with a lot of novelties, including new architecture, which will once again be car-like. Though more precise details about the release date are still unknown, we expect to see the new model sometime in the second half of the next year.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
This redesign is about to bring a lot of novelties. Still, most changes will be evolutional. First of all, there is a new platform to come. It is the new CMF architecture, which is highly modular and can be used for various kinds of vehicles. In this case, it will bring a lot of weight savings. You can also count on improved driving dynamics, while a better space usage should provide more legroom and cargo space. Of course, this new architecture will utilize various mechanical novelties. There is one very interesting thing that we’ve noticed on the testing model.
It looks like the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will feature a higher ground clearance, or there will be some special, off-road version with improved suspension and similar things. In any case, it looks like the company wants to make this crossover more capable this time.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior Design
Every redesign brings a lot of visual improvement, so we know what to expect from the new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. It will adopt the brand’s newest design language, which will make this crossover more attractive. In terms of proportions and overall shape, we don’t expect bigger changes.
The new model should keep similar dimensions, especially when it comes to length. Despite higher ground clearances, the height should be compensated by a sleeker profile, so expect similar numbers. As we’ve mentioned at the beginning of this preview, this should be an evolutional redesign. The biggest novelty in terms of styling should be at the front. The new styling philosophy will bring a more attractive approach, with new grille design, headlights, front fascia and much more. Expect similar things at the rear end.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
On the inside, we are about to see a new cabin layout. Of course, the most notable will be a new dashboard design. Besides a new look, it should come with improvements in terms of materials quality. New seats, steering wheel, and similar things are also expected. With the new architecture, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder should get few inches in terms of legroom. Even a cargo volution should get higher.
Finally, a bunch of new technologies should find their place in the new generation. Many of these will be in terms of safety and driver-assist features. Of course, one of the most interesting is Nissan ProPilot Assist. We already saw this feature in models like Rogue and Leaf, and it seems like a pretty advanced semi-autonomous driving system.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
We expect to see several engines in the offer for the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. Most likely, a familiar 2.5-liter unit will carry on as a base engine. This one delivers around 170 horsepower.
The company has also prepared a new 2.0-liter turbo inline-four unit, which should feature a max output of around 250 horsepower. Still, most drivers will appreciate bigger displacement, due to its better towing potential.
So, expect to see a familiar 3.5-liter V6 unit, which has been updated a few years ago. It delivers around 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there is a possibility to see a hybrid powertrain. This version was already available four years ago. Built over a familiar 2.5-liter unit, it was some kind of a limited edition. This time, we expect full serial production.
In some parts of the world, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will come with a diesel engine. So far, this crossover has been using a familiar 2.5-liter unit with 190 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is about to come sometime in the next year, probably in the second half of the year. The price should remain in the similar range, which currently goes between 30.000 and 45.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the class leaders are models like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, VW Atlas etc.