2016 Nissan Pathfinder release date, price, specs – The Pathfinder changed a lot during the time since when it was first launched more than 20 years ago. It went from a body-on-frame go-anywhere SUV to a mild crossover which can carry up to seven people in good comfort and style. The current model is based on the same platform as the Maxima or the Murano, so it is no surprise that the big Pathfinder drives and feels more like a sedan than anything else. Because almost three years passed since it was launched, the car is now going to be upgraded once again with the new Nissan Pathfinder 2016 which is set to be a mid-life facelift of this three row crossover.
2016 Nissan Pathfinder release date and price
The platform or the engines of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder will not change but it will get a better interior, a slightly different design for the exterior as well as better driving characteristics through the use of a new running gear. This should be more comfortable for the passengers and it should allow the Pathfinder to be driven faster around corners, all while giving the driver the confidence it needs. Even though it has not been officially announced by Nissan just yet, it seems that the Pathfinder is going to be released some time in the early 2016 when it will hit the market for around $30,000 which is a good value for money considering what it has to offer.
New Nissan Pathfinder 2016 specs
Engine wise there are going a few things which are going to change on the new Nissan Pathfinder 2016 despite the fact the engines are going to be pretty much the same as before. The base will still use the same naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 but this time it will likely make around 300 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque thanks to the addition of direct injection. The fuel consumption will also improve to around 23 MPG on average which is not great but still better than before. The hybrid on the other hand will carry on unchanged, so it will be the same 2.5 liter supercharged inline 4 coupled with an electric motor. This setup will offer 250 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque. Both of them will be offered with front or all wheel drive as well as a CVT gearbox which is better than average in most cases. The hybrid should be capable of around 27 MPG on average which is not the best in class but it still is better than most.
2016 Nissan Pathfinder changes
The interior of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder will also be upgraded with new technologies as well as a slightly more modern look. In the front the driver is going to get a new instrument cluster with a bigger customizable LCD screen, new chromed rings around the dials as well as more premium materials on the steering wheel and dashboard such as aluminum and leather while some models will even get wood trimmings which is quite rare in its class. Optional equipment is going to include a surround audio system with a subwoofer, a better infotainment system which could now support Google’s Android Auto and even Apple’s CarPlay. The only downside we see with the interior is that the rear-most seats will not be the most comfortable to get to despite the fact the middle row slides forward for better access.
On the exterior, the car will change quite a bit from the current model. In fact, we expect it to become a slightly bigger and better Murano. The front end will borrow from that car and it will likely feature a similar floating roof effect to it. While it is not that original, these changes could make the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder one of the better choices in its class due to its unique design.