Nissan has revealed the first photos with the production-ready Pathfinder that is scheduled to go on sale later on this year.
Earlier this year the Japanese automaker Nissan introduced a concept version of the new Pathfinder at the Detroit Motor Show previewing the production model. Now, Nissan has uploaded on its Facebook account photos of the production version which looks virtually the same as the concept in Detroit. The vehicle will make its public debut later on this year, before going on sale this fall.
Compared to the outgoing model which is a body-on-frame SUV, the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is going to be a unibody crossover, while the only visual differences between this production version and the concept would be the addition of plastic protectors for the side skirts and the lower part of the bumpers. Just like the concept, the production version adopts a considerably bolder front fascia with sweptback headlights and a prominent grille, while at the back there's a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
Nissan are yet to publish photos of the interior but most likely it will be carried over from the concept so we should expect to see materials of a higher quality while the design should be more attractive. The concept shown in Detroit had metallic accents, a wood trim and an infotainment system borrowed from Infiniti.
Nissan hasn't released any additional information about the car but we expect it will be available with a new V6 engine of undisclosed power output that will be linked to a continuously variable transmission. When the concept was unveiled, Nissan said that the new Pathfinder is going to be one of the "most fuel-efficient seven-passenger vehicles on the market", with a fuel consumption reduction of up to 25%.