First unveiled in 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder has served the Japanese-based manufacturer honorably as a fast-paced SUV. Sadly, it hasn’t kept up with the times and has been overtaken by more technologically-advanced Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. However, with the spy shots of the 2021 Pathfinder now revealed, Nissan seems set to change all of that.
The photos reveal a camouflaged generation of Nissan Pathfinder that may have a larger grille in the front. While the undercarriage is kept away from prying eyes, it seems it will be built on the same D Platform that has run for the SUV to date. Measures have been taken to mask the front and rear fenders, which suggests that a new design is underway.
Nissan is pretty good at keeping secrets. It is a mystery that if this new Pathfinder will feature the same dated operating system, or follow its namesake and finally upgrade to a more contemporary version. Although there has been no news regarding the unveiling, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder shall be revealed to the public in its full glory later this year.
The previous variants of Nissan Pathfinder had a powerful V6 engine that produced 284 hp. At a price range of less than $20,000, that gave the SUV a class-leading towing capacity of 6000 lbs. With so many manufacturers pushing for hybrid or purely electric drivetrains, the Nissan Pathfinder may very well offer the same gas powertrain. At the very least, it means the old-school SUV will remain good at what it does best.
Nissan has confirmed that the next Pathfinder will have the same CVT transmission and AWD as the previous versions. There have been no updates regarding the interior, which is more than ready to receive a significant upgrade. We are still unsure if we will see Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, either. Nevertheless, adding such tropes even as options will go a long way in keeping the Pathfinder relevant for years to come.