Should we stop calling it "Mallfinder?"
The redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will soon begin arriving in dealerships across the country as production has officially started. The automaker has confirmed the first 2022 Pathfinder has rolled off the line at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee.
First revealed in February, the new Pathfinder is a huge improvement compared to its rather dull-looking predecessor. Gone is the bloated wagon look in favor of more SUV-like styling, though the platform remains the same. The larger front fascia is joined by a wider stance and a shorter front overhang. The enhanced wheel arches and floating roofline are also nice touches.
Out back, it's impossible for anyone not to know the vehicle they're staring at is a Pathfinder because the name is spelled out in large letters across the tailgate.
Inside, buyers can option a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and 10.8-inch head-up display. A 10-inch digital dashboard and 8-inch touchscreen come standard, as do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless Apple CarPlay and an upgraded audio system with 13 speakers are optional. The cabin seats up to eight passengers and second-row captain's chairs are available for the first time. A 60/40 split-folding third-row seat allows for greater cargo-carrying ease.
Nissan managed to create a quieter interior by using acoustic laminated front glass, thicker second-row glass, and improved floor insulation. The naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection is carried over, continuing to produce 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. However, the old and sluggish CVT is gone, replaced by a nine-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is optional. Nissan also points out the Pathfinder boasts best-in-class 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Nissan still hasn't announced official pricing, though we don't expect it to deviate too much from the outgoing model's $31,980 starting point. Barring any production interruptions, a possibility these days because of the chip crisis, sales will begin this summer.