Available from the first half of 2017, the new Russian-built Pathfinder will also feature upgraded safety features including forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control and Nissan’s Around View monitor with moving object detection.
Blind spot warning (BSW) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) will also be available.
Another new feature will be the Motion-Activated tailgate, which you can open by waving your foot underneath the back of the car – very handy when you’ve got your arms full.
Additional infotainment and driver assistance information will be added to the Advanced Drive-Assist Display (ADAD) between the tachometer and speedometer.
Cosmetic enhancements will include recessed front-windshield wipers, roof rails, chrome door handles and panoramic sunroof.
There will also be new seat fabrics and interior finishes, plus added conveniences including cup holders shaped to accommodate mug handles and an illuminated front storage bin with second USB port.
Outside, the updated appearance incorporates the latest Nissan signature design elements introduced on the award-winning Maxima sport sedan and Murano crossover – including the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights.
All this will be propelled by the upgraded 3.5-litre V6 engine which Nissan says will provide more power and torque. It will feature more than 50 percent new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and a higher compression ratio of 11.0:1 (from the previous 10.3:1).
The engine’s new Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system).
Mirror bore cylinder coating will reduce friction and also lower engine weight by just over a kilogram by eliminating the need for a heavy cast-iron cylinder liner.
The seven-seat MY17 Pathfinder will be available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations and a choice of three grade levels.
Australian prices, specs and equipment levels will be announced closer to the time of its local release.