The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder in UAE
Recently, Nissan introduced a new totally redesign, reimagined, reengineered Pathfinder. And Nissan calls it as its “Next-Generation SUV.” It’s a departure from the outgoing model in every way. Shifting from truck type body-on-frame chassis to monocoque chassis design (Nissan D-platform) which includes Maxima, Altima, Murano to type cars. All of them are of course just sedans or CUV that transpires their urban road going character rather than a real tough terrain machine.
The most important factor that affects the buyer’s decision making in the first instance of like it, or leave it begins from the appearance: the design and style outlook. It seems that Nissan’s fresh design philosophy is more akin to today’s trend of going towards ‘organic.” So yes gone are the old boxy lines of previous generation Pathfinder, say hello and welcome to the organic new modern Pathfinder. The sides do exude the muscular look as the creased-tension created on the front fender and then reappears on the aft fender.
This 2013 Pathfinder is now larger in every way from its predecessor. An increment of almost 5 inches in the overall length easily takes care of seven passengers in total comfort. Though the third row seats should be kept for the children only. Same goes for the 4.4 inches of width that increases the airiness and more shoulder space. Interior wise Nissan Pathfinder is designed to give a more premium feel by adding Tri-zone Aircon. The front seats provide the best comfort of all. With cool air-conditioned air venting thru the seats, here in the UAE, these cold seats are blessings; one aspect that I cannot imagine trading it with any other luxury. Nevertheless, still in winter climes, these very seats can be heated as well. However, the middle area is supported by the vents only available in the center console. There are no roof-mounted air vents (maybe because of the dual glass moonroof) hence whooshy air sound was eminent when the blower speed is on the higher side.
One very thoughtful feature which is the Achilles heel for the auto designers is the 2nd-row seats. How easily one can fold or stow is always been an arduous task. But not anymore Nissan sorted out so well that one no longer requires the knowledge of Clean and Jerk weight lifting movements. One hand drag from the top of the seat and it will glide-fold like an Accordion. Simple and neat. The car that I drove was the top-end model fitted with all the luxury amenities you could ever imagine in your daily drive. Nissan also introduced Trizone entertainment where backseaters can enjoy playing their own thing individually on 8 inch DVD monitors, each mounted at the back of front seat headrests. Furthermore, Entertainment continues with 12 speaker’s premium Bose sound system supported by 9GB music box hard drive.
The safety elements are in abundance from Nissan’s class-exclusive Around View camera that consists of not one but a combination of four cameras that assist a driver to park the car in tightest of all situations. Then there is Advance Drive-Assist that illustrates the driver how the power is distributed between front and aft axles that define the varying shift of traction as well. Off course there is a large navigation screen at the center of the dash (also includes a very cool feature of Qibla directions should anyone desire to offer prayers on long routes where the availability of Mosque may be rare).
The Pathfinder is fitted with Nissan’s tried and tested 3. 5l VQ35DE mill, also won Wards’s 10 best engines awards and is strongly fitted in other Nissan & Infinity cars. This 3.5l belts out 254 hp with 240-lb-ft of torque, and 5,000 pounds towing capacity. The engine is mated with what Nissan calls it as again, the next-generation XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Nissan spent a good amount of time conceiving this next-generation Pathfinder. Albeit the fact that driving with CVT gives you an uncanny feeling, this newly design CVT reduces 40% internal friction that translates into overall reduced NVH (Noise/ Vibration/ Harshness) along with the help of 13% improved aerodynamics. Furthermore, there is a whopping 227 kilograms of weight reduction. For a normal buyer, this may be some Martian language. Reality check; this means in the reduction of fuel consumption, and that means lesser stops at the fuel station and more buying power somewhere else where it matters more.
First Impressions: Wholly_Shift
On the way back to Jabel Ali Resort, Dubai from Banyan Tree, Ras al-Khaimah, I’ve got the chance to test the car on the long straight black tarmac. The moment I stomp my foot on the floor for a gear kick—down for an excited run, what is expected as a surge of power and punch but instead there was no drama nor my head was thrown back to the seat, however, the result was in shape of as if you as asked your reliable butler to fulfill some wish, just like that you’ll get there as expected yet in an orderly manner. As if you are trying firm to be sober. Due to its sedative character, you’ll hardly notice that you are beyond 120Km/h mark. Pathfinder has got enough power to go beyond. I saw a little 120Km/h GCC regional warning flashing but was not supported by any beep. Maybe somewhere in the setting directory, you’ll be able to switch on the beep. The electronic steering combined with CVT gives a numb and clinical drive feel; however, the ride is pretty compliant.
The top portion of the dashboard was found made up hard plastic hence reflecting more sunshine. Rest of the drive kept in check with electronic wizardry like Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) 4 wheel disc with brake assist, Traction-Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution working tandem to provide a safe ride.
On a two-day test drive period, I took my kids to school; they thoroughly enjoyed their trip at the rear seats. Then there’s a section of unpaved rutted section and drive was fairly compliant. I also found the brakes are relatively responsive even on the same section where tires seem to give away traction more sooner than anyone can realize.
A buyer’s guide to the galaxy.
This new Pathfinder arrives facing a fierce competition from Mazda CX9 to Ford Flex and then there are other SUV/CUV with price overlap ready to jump off the showroom floor like newly design Hyundai Senta Fe and then old horse Toyota Fortuner. However, If you are a first-time SUV buyer, and you’ve never experienced extreme off-roading conditions even if you were given a real off-road capable vehicle, you won’t be able to tackle the rough terrains as they require a good amount of time spent in rough areas and harsh conditions. And for those who want’s to upgrade their previous SUV think about that how many times you’ve been to such terrains? If your answer is zero, Chances are you will most likely repeat your old trend. This is exactly where the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder is slotted. You can load up all the party and picnic items easily for a relaxed weekend drive to a sandy beach, new 2013 Pathfinder is comfortable and loaded with premium features for a long drive and worry free many years to come.