The next generation of Nissan’s mid-size SUV is on the way. The testing model has been spotted and it looks there is a lot of interesting novelties to come. That’s no surprise if we consider that the current generation has been around since 2012. Eight years is pretty long in today’s crossover market, so we have no doubt that the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder redesign is about to bring significant improvements.

At this point, we don’t know the details, but it looks that the upcoming overhaul will have a pretty evolutionary character. We expect the evolution of the current design, both in terms of mechanics and aesthetics. The same things go for the size, so count on similar proportions. On the other side, it won’t be surprised if we see some changes under the hood, including some form of electrification. When it comes to the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder release date, we expect that the new model will hit the market by the end of the year.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign Spy shot
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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign

The Nissan Pathfinder new model 2021 will bring a lot of novelties. However, we don’t expect to see radical changes like it was the case with the previous redesign when this model switched from a BoF platform to a modern, unibody layout. This time, changes will be evolutionary. Moreover, the new model will probably carry on with the familiar D platform. Of course, it will get significantly updated, but the overall layout will remain largely the same. This includes a front-wheel-drive setup, while AWD models will be available as well. At this point, it looks like the new model won’t change too much in terms of dimensions, though a slightly longer wheelbase is possible. Also, we have no doubt that the new model will keep a high level of capability that characterizes the current version.

How will the new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder look like?            

The testing model has been spotted. However, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder spy shots don’t show too much, considering that the test mule wears a complete camouflage. However, insiders suggest that the new styling won’t come with radical changes. We are rather about to see the evolution of the current design. As we already mentioned, the overall shape is about to remain pretty much the same. Still, we expect to see a little bit more muscles from the side. Still, the biggest changes are expected to come to the front, where we expect to see the latest version of the company’s famous V-Motion grille. We count on a lot of similarities with the new Altima. The rear end should include a little bit slimmer taillights, as well as all other kinds of changes.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign Side View
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When it comes to interior design, we count on a lot of improvement in terms of aesthetics and materials. The current model isn’t particularly impressive in this aspect, especially if we consider the lack of modern touch and tech features. Speaking of tech features, we expect to see a new infotainment system, smartphone integration, and many other goodies.

As we already mentioned, the overall size shouldn’t change too much in the new model. However, a slightly longer wheelbase could bring benefits in terms of the interior space. This particularly refers to the third-row legroom, which isn’t very generous. The new model should be better in this aspect, while the first two rows should at least keep the same level of comfort.

The same thing refers to the cargo area, though we have to say that the current model still features pretty respectable numbers and one of the bigger cargo areas in the class.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engine

The current model may be outdated in some aspects, but the powertrain department does a pretty good job. There is a large and proven 3.5-liter V6 unit, which is good for about 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers provide pretty respectable towing capacity, while the fuel economy is also at a pretty high level, mostly thanks to a CVT gearbox.

Therefore, it won’t be a surprise if we see the same or similar setup under the hood. However, Nissan could add some options as well. So, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder redesign could bring things like a turbo-four option, or even some form of the electrified powertrain. Also, some additional transmission options would be a nice addition.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder rear
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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder release date should be scheduled for the second half of the year, though we still don’t know more precise details. When it comes to the price, the current model goes around 32.000 dollars and we don’t expect a significant increase in the future. When it comes to the competition, this is a pretty crowded segment and some of the more familiar names are models like Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent etc.


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