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2017 Nissan Pathfinder arrives in March, more power for V6

February 15, 2017

Nissan Australia is sprucing up the Pathfinder for the introduction of the MY2017 update, which arrives in March. The update brings a revised engine, more technology, and improved ride and handling.

Three main variant grades will be on offer, ranging from the ST, ST-L, and the Ti, with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options for all. All feature a facelifted exterior design, with the company’s ‘V-Motion’ grille, and boomerang LED daytime running lights.

Also new are some turn indicators in the side mirrors, a more aggressive bonnet, new front bumper bar and fog lights, with new taillights at the back and a tweaked rear bumper bar.

Under the bonnet, the non-hybrid variants receive the updated ‘VQ35DD’ 3.5-litre V6 petrol. Thanks to a direct injection system, higher compression ratio (from 10.3:1 to 11.0:1), new pistons and intake manifold, the engine now produces 202kW of power and 340Nm of torque (up from 190kW/325Nm).

Nissan says the engine provides better wide-open throttle performance along with improved fuel economy and emissions. Fuel consumption averages drop from 10L/100km to 9.9L/100km in the FWD, and from 10.3 to 10.1 in the AWD.

As for the hybrid version, it continues with its 2.5-litre supercharged four-cylinder and electric motor system. Combined outputs are rated at 188kW and 330Nm, with an average consumption of 8.6L/100km.

For the ride and handling, Nissan has implemented a slightly stiffer suspension for the Pathfinder along with a revised steering system with quicker response. The result is improved body control and controlled handling with a more confident ride, Nissan claims.

For the ST-L and Ti variants, an ‘Intelligent Emergency Braking’ system is added, with moving detection technology, along with automated braking and forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and an around-view monitor for parking.

The 2017 model will arrive in Australia in March, with prices starting from the following (all exclude on-road costs):

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

MY2016 MSRP

MY2017 MSRP

ST VARIANTS

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 ST 2WD

$41,490

$41,990

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 ST 4WD

$45,490

$45,490

Pathfinder 2.5L 4-cyl. ST 2WD HYBRID

$44,490

$44,490

ST-L VARIANTS

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 ST-L 2WD

$53,690+

$53,690

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 ST-L 4WD

$57,690+

$57,690

Pathfinder 2.5L 4-cyl. ST-L 4WD HYBRID

$60,690+

$60,690

TI VARIANTS

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 Ti 2WD

$62,190

$62,190

Pathfinder 3.5L V6 Ti 4WD

$66,190

$66,190

Pathfinder 2.5L 4-cyl. Ti 4WD HYBRID

$69,190

$69,190

 

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.