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Nissan Pathfinder returns to its rugged roots



NISSAN claims the fifth-generation Pathfinder three-row full-size family SUV, which it launched in Australia this month, has been deliberately reinvented to bridge the gap between powered 4×4 models. diesel engine and body on frame like Ford Everest and asphalt. favoring a seven-seater like the Toyota Kluger.

While the car in its current form will fit between softer and tougher competitors in the full-size SUV category, the opportunity to offer a more dedicated off-road option is never far away. great with Nissan’s thinking.

Speaking to the media focused on the launch of Nissan Pathfinder in Victoria this week, senior marketing manager for Nissan Australia, Martin Longayroux, said research has proven that the previous generation Pathfinder has strayed too far from its rugged roots.

“There was a lot of customer feedback, especially outside of the US, where the car came from, saying that buyers wanted to own what they call a ‘daddy’s cool’ car, which they don’t. they can take the kids everywhere, but still can afford it and it really looks like a car they want to drive,” he explains.

“So yes, it is 100% intentional that moving to become more competent is what the car needs to do.”

The Pathfinder could even be tweaked to go further off the beaten track as Mr Longayroux said there is a chance the Warriors program is offered on the Navara ute and soon a full-size 4×4 above the Patrol could be applied to Pathfinder on the track.

“Obviously that’s something we might look at after the launch of the current car, but that depends on whether there’s an opportunity for that lifestyle and if that’s what the market wants. the school is looking for or not,” he said.

“We are always looking for opportunities for the future.”

As for the challenges the Pathfinder currently faces the competition, Mr Longayroux said the model will appeal more widely than its admittedly ‘soft’ predecessor, offering the best solution. of both worlds for those who require a more capable vehicle that retains the attributes necessary for everyday urban life.

“It certainly remains a rival to the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9, as well as the new Hyundai Palisade. But with improved looks and more rugged capabilities, we hope to also capture part of that market from operators of true diesel-powered four-wheelers,” he said.

“For those who don’t want to go off-roading seriously, but want a little more out of their SUV, we think the new Pathfinder will offer the perfect option underneath cars like the Toyota LandCruiser Prado and Ford Everest. . It’s a great option for those who want a little more ability.

“The communication and message for the new Pathfinder is that it is aimed at the adventurous family.”

The petrol-only Pathfinder arrives in seven- or eight-seat configurations, seven driving modes – including off-road ones – and a space-saving spare wheel underneath which seems like a good deal. due to the car’s tilt during weekend adventures.

It also has a new towing mode and up to 2700kg brake drag which Nissan says places the new Pathfinder perfectly between low-powered urban-focused SUVs and more rugged ute-based rivals. .

The new Nissan Pathfinder will go on sale in Australia from this month in four variants offered in two- and four-wheel drive configurations and with a choice of seven or eight seats. It starts at $54,190 plus on-road costs in ST form, with the top-tier Pathfinder Ti-L starting at $77,890 plus ORC.

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