New Nissan Pathfinder begins production in the US
The first 2022 Nissan Pathfinder recently rolled off the assembly line at Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee, USA.
Nissan says the new Pathfinder offers a "bold, rugged, completely redesigned exterior and a family adventure-ready interior."
A standard 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 powers this SUV, and is matched with a nine-speed automatic. The powertrain is mated to a four-wheel drive system "with seven-position drive and terrain mode selector" that aims to provide confidence driving on- and-off-road.
The Pathfinder's available 2,000-kilogram maximum towing capacity "provides plenty of capability to haul boats and trailers," which is also a reflection of the lifestyle of US market buyers.
The SUV's cabin includes seating for up to eight, and a new captain's chairs option. Technology features include an all-new 10.8-inch head-up display, 12.3-inch digital dashboard, ProPilot Assist with Navi-Link, and standard Nissan Safety Shield 360.
"Start of production of the new Pathfinder marks another major milestone in our Nissan NEXT momentum story," Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant VP Jeff Younginer said.
"The Smyrna plant team is thrilled to put the newest version of this iconic vehicle on the road for customers," he added.
Nissan says the Pathfinder gives Nissan it the freshest lineups in the industry. Other new models that are part of the company’s new product introduction plan include the all-electric Ariya crossover, and a production version of the Z Proto sports car.
Previous generations of the Pathfinder have been assembled at Smyrna Plant since 2004. The engine for the vehicle is assembled at Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant in Decherd, Tennessee.
The Pathfinder will arrive in dealer showrooms throughout the US and Canada this 2021.
The Nissan Terra could be the Pathfinder's Asian cousin. Locally, the Terra seven-seater SUV is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine which generates 187hp and 450Nm of pulling power. The mill is mated to either a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
The Terra packs the Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) suite available in its higher trim levels. NIM includes Intelligent Around-View Monitor, Intelligent Rearview Mirror, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.
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