Nissan Pathfinder

Due to go on sale in March 2005, the Pathfinder sports utility vehicle is a new addition to Nissan’s growing four-wheel drive line up inspired by the Dunehawk concept car which was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003.

The interior provides three rows of seats, with the second and third rows folding flat to create a huge load area. Thanks to the versatility of the interior, a total of 64 different seating configurations is possible. Even with the third row of seats in place, 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.

Power comes from Nissan’s new highly efficient 2.5-litre ‘YD’ series four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It features second-generation common rail technology for lower emissions and a new balancer system for greater refinement. It gives category-leading power and torque outputs which out-perform those of larger engines, while also providing outstanding economy figures.

Although a 4x4, the Pathfinder is equipped with independent double-wishbone suspension all-round which gives a car-like on-road dynamic performance. However, its advanced electronically controlled ALL MODE 4x4 transmission – an enhanced version of that which is fitted to the X-TRAIL - endows it with a high level of capability off-road.

The ALL-MODE transmission allows drivers to choose effortlessly 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.

Equipment and technology levels are high. Nissan will offer a rear-view parking camera - as pioneered on Primera - and the Intelligent Key system which allows the doors to be unlocked and the engine started without having to insert the key into a lock.

Additionally xenon headlamps, a premium audio system, satellite navigation with Traffic Message Channel (TMC) and voice recognition, leather upholstery, dual zone climate control in the front and air conditioning in the rear are all available.

Published : 02/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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