The Nissan Pathfinder | Part Three

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

A rear view camera, DVD satnav, Bluetooth, MP3…

When it comes to equipment, Pathfinder is in the luxury car league. Alloy wheels, climate control, CD audio and a full set of airbags - front, side and curtain - are standard on all versions. Move up the range and you can add privacy glass, Bluetooth phone compatibility, trip computer, leather upholstery, electric front seats, rear heating controls, Intelligent Key, xenon headlamps, DVD satellite navigation and a colour rear view parking camera.

Most Pathfinders will be powered by a new version of the turbocharged and intercooled common rail diesel that powers X-TRAIL. For Pathfinder, the displacement of the four-cylinder unit has been increased to 2.5-litres (up from 2.2-litres) with power and torque rising to 174PS and an awesome 403Nm respectively.

The result is an exceptional combination of drivability with economy. Pathfinder has a top speed of 109mph, takes 11.7 seconds to reach 60mph from rest and yet returns 31.4mpg over the combined cycle. For that thank a ‘waistline’ rather trimmer than some rivals.

Later in the year, a petrol model will be added to the range, powered by a 269PS, 4.0-litre version of the V6 engine that drives the mighty 350Z. Both diesel and petrol models will have the choice of manual or automatic transmission (in the case of the former, it’s a new six speed ’box).

The diesel range starts at £24,000 for the five-seater S and rises to £30,660 for the top-of-the-range T-Spec seven-seater. Automatic transmission, available on all versions except the S, adds £1,300 to the bill, so the top price to be paid for a Pathfinder is £31,960 for the T-Spec auto. Prices for the petrol models, which will only be available in T-Spec trim, will be announced when sales start in September.

S trim means ALL-MODE 4x4, 17 inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, front, side and curtain airbags, CD player, electric windows and heated door mirrors. The second row of seats (this is the five-seater remember) splits on a 40:20:40 basis.

Next up is SE trim. This adds £1,800 to the S price but embraces the following extra kit: front fog lamps, roof rails, rear privacy glass, height and lumbar adjustable driver seat, opening rear glass hatch and, of course, the third row of seats, which fold into the boot floor when not in use. It also has a compass, altimeter and trip computer as well as a CD autochanger with six speakers and steering wheel audio controls.

An extra £2,460 will buy you the luxury of SVE trim. This adds side steps, leather upholstery, electric front seat adjustment with memory, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and automatic dimming rear view mirror. It also has separate air conditioning controls in the rear and Nissan’s Intelligent Key, which allows the driver to lock and unlock the doors and even start and stop the engine without having to fumble for a key.

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Published 11 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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