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KIA: Now it's the edgy, wedgy Koup

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Pathfinder strengthens Nissan's SUV range

2005-06-30 09:53

Positioned in between the flagship Patrol and the best-selling X-TRAIL, the Pathfinder offers the utmost in luxury, performance, and a host of best-in-class features.

This third generation vehicle, inspired by the Dunehawk concept vehicle displayed on Nissan's stand at Auto Africa 2004, the Pathfinder comes with an impeccable DNA and is set to become a serious M-SUV contender.

As its name suggests, the new Pathfinder navigates new SUV territory in a shift away from the conventional.

Nissan has broken new ground in combining highly engineered performance capabilities, both on and off road, with premium equipment and rugged good looks.


This go-anywhere vehicle is aimed at people with active lifestyles and remains true to its roots as a powerful, authentic, family sport utility vehicle for the freedom-loving individual.

Pathfinder is driven by a 4-litre V6 engine that boasts the most power (198 kW at 5 600 r/min) and torque (386 Nm at 4 000 r/min) in its segment, according to ECE standards and tests.

There is also an all-new 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (with 6 speed manual or 5 speed Tiptronic transmission), featuring an intercooler and second-generation common rail technology for lower emissions, and a new balancer system for greater refinement.

No-nonsense styling suggests that Pathfinder is ready to take on just about whatever comes its way. The muscular profile is emphasised by side steps and roof rails as well as 17-inch alloy wheels.

The interior is configured with three rows of seats accommodating seven people, with the second and third rows folding flat into the floor to create a huge load area.

Versatility is exceptional, with a total of 64 different loading configurations.

Even with the third row of seats in use there is class-leading luggage space. For added convenience, the rear glass hatch opens for easy access to the rear luggage area in tight spaces and there's hidden, under floor storage for valuables beneath the second row of seats.

Independent double-wishbone suspension all-round is combined with Nissan's acclaimed All-Mode 4x4 transmission to give the Pathfinder a high level of off-road capability.


Its superior off road credentials are enhanced by its best-in-segment ground clearance.

The All-Mode transmission with 4Hi and 4Lo allows the driver to choose between four different settings with the twist of a selector switch, giving the control of a serious 4x4, but without the need to operate a separate gear lever.

Pathfinder complements its modern and user-friendly design with a high level of technology. Electro-luminescent gauges provide maximum clarity both day and night.

The cruise control as well as key functions for the sound system can be operated from the steering wheel.

The digital compass is displayed on the rear-view mirror and an outside temperature display can be viewed in the instrument panel.

The backbone of Pathfinder's robust construction is a unique Monoframe construction, designed to provide superior rigidity and enhance emergency handling and long-lasting quality.

And it's an excellent foundation for the over 50 standard safety features on every Pathfinder: you can tick off front seatbelts with pretensioners, intelligent ABS designed to enhance off-road ability, and driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags on the list of standard equipment.

Proven drive-train technology and powerful, efficient engines combine with a travelling environment that should shift the goalposts for the medium SUV segment for years to come.

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