2013 Nissan Pathfinder Goes from SUV to Crossover

Nissan unveiled the new production version of the 2013 Pathfinder in Detroit today, a family hauler that sheds 500 pounds for better fuel economy compared with the outgoing model.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Goes from SUV to Crossover

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Goes from SUV to Crossover

The Pathfinder shifts from being a body-on-frame SUV to being a unibody crossover to achieve most of its weight savings. Nissan says the result will be 30% improvement in gas mileage. The front-wheel-drive version can now achieve 20 miles a gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Yet it still can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

All 2013 Pathfinders come equipped with an advanced 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine matched with a continuously variable transmission, instead of a plain ol’ automatic. Nissan says it will be the only vehicle in its class with selectable two- or four-wheel drive.

“While traditional SUV customers are looking for improved fuel economy, they still demand a vehicle that can do all the things they need, like carrying seven people, towing, and providing the sure-footedness in all conditions of a four-wheel drive,” says Al Castignetti, general manager of the Nissan division, in a statement.

The new Pathfinder will be built in Smyrna, Tenn., and goes on sale in the fall at Windsor Nissan. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed.


*A special thank you to firstcoastnews.com for this article!!

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