2022 Nissan Pathfinder unveiled, likely to get hybrid in the next step

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has been officially unveiled, and it is now under production at the company’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee, USA. The fifth-gen model is expected to get electrified with a hybrid variant within 2 years.

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Design

The Nissan Pathfinder has been redesigned to look sharper, boxier, and more rugged for MY2022. C-shaped headlights, larger radiator grille, squarer silhouette, edgy, wider, and slimmer taillights, and the “boxed out” liftgate give an assertive and bold look that was missed in the fourth generation.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder side profile
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has a very masculine appearance that was lacking in the old model. Image Source: Nissan

Inside, the Nissan Pathfinder seems to have gone on a diet to free up space and look more upmarket. The sleeker dashboard, more compact steering wheel, fully digital instrument cluster, decluttered center console with far fewer buttons, and the free-standing touchscreen infotainment system give a very contemporary look, clearly a big leap from the fourth generation. The fifth-gen Pathfinder seats up to eight people. Unlike the old model, Nissan will optionally sell it with captain seats in the second-row with a no-tools-required removable center console.

Features

On the outside, the 2022 Pathfinder features LED headlights, including slim upper DRLs, two-tone body paint and alloy wheels, LED taillights, and Pathfinder branding in block lettering on the tailgate.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior dashboard
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder’s interior is also a giant leap from its predecessor. Image Source: Nissan

Interior highlights include a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, 10.8-inch HUD, 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, second-row bench seat with EZ FLEX one-touch release fold/side, climate-controlled front seats with 10-way power adjustment for driver’s seat, two-zone climate control, and heated rear seats.

Safety

Ten airbags, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Rear Door Alert, Forward Collision Warning, and Nissan Safety Shield 360 are standard in the 2022 Pathfinder. Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes the following safety systems:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Automatic Braking

More safety and driver assistance systems like Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link are available.

Powertrain

A conventional 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, producing 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, is standard in the 2022 Pathfinder. Nissan has teamed it with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission. An all-new 4WD system with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector is optional.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder rear three quarters
The fifth-gen Nissan Pathfinder should receive a hybrid powertrain in a year or two. Image Source: Nissan

In a year or two, Nissan is likely to release a hybrid variant of the Pathfinder. Like the Pathfinder Hybrid of the past, the all-new hybrid SUV could make use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. What is certain is the hybrid model would be an e-Power system, similar to the one found in the new Nissan X-Trail. Expect more details about the next-gen Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid to emerge in the coming months.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder FAQs

What is the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder release date?

Nissan will launch the 2022 Pathfinder in the U.S. market in summer 2021.

When do you expect the hybrid variant to join the Pathfinder lineup?

The electrified variant could launch within 2 years.

What is the expected price of the Pathfinder Hybrid?

Nissan could drive in the hybrid variant at around USD 40,000.

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