Nissan Pathfinder 2013 launched in the UAE & GCC
The all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has just been launched in the GCC, with a media event in the UAE. The new Pathfinder ditches its body-on-frame chassis for this year and gains some length to compete in the hotly-contested midsize crossover segment.
According to Nissan, the outgoing Pathfinder settled for fourth place in the midsize SUV segment, in a segment dominated by the Toyota Prado and Fortuner, neither of which are at the top for their offroading capabilities. Even the Hyundai Santa Fe is ahead in third place, and Nissan has now taken the approach of the latter, pitching a crossover road-going SUV rather than a compromised offroader.
The 7-seater 2013 Pathfinder is powered by a 254 hp 3.5-litre V6 with 326 Nm of torque, mated to a CVT and a choice of either front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive in all trim levels. The all-wheel-drive model gets a selector for choosing 2WD, 4WD or Auto.
The base Pathfinder S comes standard with a second-row 60/40-split fold-flat bench seat, a third-row 50/50-split fold-flat reclining bench seat, 18-inch alloys, tri-zone automatic a/c, keyless entry with push-button ignition, power windows, CD/MP3/DVD/HDD audio system with 6 speakers, USB/AUX ports, Bluetooth phone, auto headlights, 6 airbags, stability control, tyre-pressure monitor and apparently a power liftgate, although we didn’t see it in the base model we checked out.
The Pathfinder SV adds power-adjustable front seats, 7-inch QVGA colour monitor, rear camera, 20-inch alloy wheels, remote starter, auxiliary audio/video input jack, power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down, front fog lamps, chrome body side trim, welcome lighting, stainless-steel kick plates, speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, illuminated sun-visor mirrors, sunroof, wood-tone trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather seats, and a tow hitch receiver with 7-pin trailer tow wiring harness on the rear bumper.
The top-spec Pathfinder SL further adds a key-linked memory seat and other settings for individual drivers, curtain and side airbags front and rear, digital compass, 9GB hard drive, 8-inch VGA colour monitor with navigation, Bose audio system with 12 speakers, climate-controlled front seats, and a power-tilt/telescoping steering column. An around-view four-camera parking aid is optional, as is a rear DVD entertainment system with 2 screens.
The 2013 Pathfinder range is priced between Dhs 109,000 and Dhs 169,000 in the UAE, not including dealer mark-ups or add-ons.
Keep track of prices and updates in the Nissan Pathfinder buyer guide.