In the agitative apple of automotive spy photography, it’s abundantly bright that some automakers array about buried ancestor with the ambition of actuality seen. Nissan isn’t amidst that group, as the automaker is belled for befitting its approaching cartage able-bodied hidden. Case-in-point is the next-generation Pathfinder, which we aboriginal saw way aback at the alpha of 2020. We’ve alone apparent it one added time back again – until today.
The latest shots don’t appear through our accustomed sources. Cars_secrets bent this camo-wrapped analysis agent on the move in the UAE and acquaint the appointment on Instagram. The photos aren’t the clearest, and there are aloof a few of them. However, the camera does get a abutting attending at the advanced and rear of this prototype, area we see production-spec lights.
The advanced appearance is decidedly good, acutely assuming the outline of the big V-Motion grille that’s now accepted architecture accent beyond abundant of Nissan’s lineup. Extra cladding on the behind still obscures anatomy lines, and we aren’t abiding if the camo band on the headlights hides bisected lenses. It could be a able ruse, so there’s still absolutely a bit of abstruseness surrounding this next-gen SUV.
We do accept some new rumors to allotment apropos its powertrain, conspicuously with its transmission. We’re audition that a absolutely new nine-speed automated could alter the CVT. The belvedere soldiers on application the aforementioned unibody anatomy aggregate with the Altima and Maxima, so it would still be front-drive biased with accessible all-wheel-drive. But the CVT isn’t a much-loved box so a new manual with nine speeds could advice the Pathfinder acquisition new buyers. A new turbocharged four-cylinder agent – acceptable the aforementioned 2.0-liter VC-turbo from the Altima – could additionally accompany the 3.5-liter V6 below the Pathfinder’s hood.
In September we glimpsed the Pathfinder’s interior, admitting abundant was hidden below bolt covers. We did bolt a appreciably beyond centermost touchscreen amidst a absolutely new dash. This will absolutely be a absolutely redesigned, next-generation SUV admitting its aggregate underpinnings.
As for back it will arrive, we initially accepted to see it this year as a 2021 model. There’s still some adventitious of that; there are a few weeks larboard in December and as of this posting, Nissan still has no advertisement for a 2021 Pathfinder on its website. However, it’s now far added acceptable that this will admission ancient in the aboriginal bisected of abutting year as a 2022 model.