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2008-03-11 08:11
Nissan's Pathfinder has been upgraded for 2008 with features such as BOSE premium audio and Bluetooth connectivity on all models.

Infotainment practicality

The 2008 Pathfinder will feature BOSE Premium 10-speaker surround audio system with six-CD changer offers heightened clarity.

A Bluetooth system, with memory function, allows you to synchronise your cellular phone with the vehicle. This means every time you enter the vehicle your phone will immediately integrate with the system providing crystal clear clarity through the BOSE audio system.

Exterior styling has now been enhanced by the addition of new seven-spoke 17' alloy wheels design and wrap around turn signals on the side mirrors.

A neat feature are the new puddle lamps, encased below the side mirrors, they automatically switch on when the doors unlock and illuminate the ground below the front doors, ensuring you know what lurks beneath before you step out.

Powertrain retained

The Nissan Pathfinder range consists of three model derivatives. The range topping petrol-powered 4-litre V6 produces 198kW at 5 600r/min and offers a torque peak of 386Nm at 4 000r/min. Turbo diesel power emanates from the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, which produces 128kW at 4 000r/min and a powerful 403Nm of torque at just 2 000r/min.

The All-Mode transmission with 4Hi and 4Lo allows the driver to choose between four different settings with the twist of a selector switch.

Hill-Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), already standard equipment on the automatic derivatives, now becomes available on the manual gearbox models too.

Other feature enhancements include flat-blade wipers that replace the current model spring-loaded wipers, offering less maintenance and a premium appearance.

Capacious cabin

Inside the cabin, new illumination lights have been included in the foot wells to facilitate entry while the metallic finishes on the centre console are scratch-resistance and now have a further appeal with a softer, satin-like feel. Plusher, hardwearing tuft carpets on the floor and in the trunk complete the feeling of enhanced luxury and comfort.

The Pathfinder boasts an unrivalled seven-seat configuration with three rows of seats. The second and third rows fold flat into the floor to create a huge load area that can be configured in 64 different ways.

Standard safety equipment comprises of front seatbelts with pretensioners, intelligent ABS designed to enhance off-road ability, and driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags.

Buyers can now also look forward to the addition of a 3 year/90 000km Service Plan as a standard feature on all models, alongside the 3-year/100 000 km mechanical and paint warranty and 3-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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