Australian News - February 5, 2021

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Receives Updates

Passion runs deep for the iconic Nissan Pathfinder. Owners love its long heritage of rugged capability, and they want more of it – while seeking comfort and advanced connectivity and safety features.

“Thirty-five years after the launch of the original model, Pathfinder has returned to its rugged roots, loaded with the benefit of everything learned along the way,” said Jared Haslam, vice president, Product and Services Planning, Nissan North America. “Today’s large SUV owners want a vehicle that conveys strength and rugged capability, while using advanced safety and technology features to keep their family safe and comfortable during every-day adventures, and the all-new 2022 Pathfinder is ready to take on those adventures.”

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder goes on sale in summer 2021.

A rugged yet modern design rebirth

The 2022 Pathfinder is all-new from the ground-up. Every inch of the vehicle was carefully designed to convey a sense of strength and capability with a strong front face, wide stance, blister fenders and a shorter front overhang (versus the previous design).

The larger design of the new face of Pathfinder conveys size and strength which, along with larger tires, gives it an authentic, rugged SUV look. Distinctive Nissan signature features are integrated into the new Pathfinder design, such as the V-motion grille with a three-slot grille incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder, C-shaped headlights and floating roofline. Standard LED headlights include slim upper Daytime Running Lights, and the C-pillar has a structural SUV look that allows use of two-tone paint – a first for Pathfinder.

On the side, strong “U-shaped” highlights fuse the powerful fender blisters together, providing a tough, muscled look. In the rear, the wide-aspect LED taillights are slimmer than the previous design. The “boxed out” liftgate returns to the boldness of the first Pathfinder, including the oversized, satin chrome PATHFINDER name. Even the new aluminium-alloy wheel designs have a machined, tool-like seriousness to them.

A total of 14 colors/color combinations are offered, including five new two-tone treatments carefully designed to integrate into the overall design. New two-tone Scarlet Ember with Super Black Metallic brings a high-energy feel and is similar to the iconic bright red color of the original Pathfinder, while new Obsidian Green Pearl is a solid dark green with a hint of pearl – if rugged outdoor adventure was a color, this would be it.

All-new 9-speed transmission, all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector, best-in-class towing capacity

The all-new Pathfinder is an ideal family adventure vehicle not just in looks, but in modern capability as well.

Every 2022 Pathfinder features a 284-horsepower 3.5-litre Direct Injection V6 with 259 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response.

The combination of the proven V6 and all-new 9-speed provides strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or driving out of a turn, and minimizes rpm variation on a grade.

Pathfinder 4WD drive models feature Nissan’s all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster.

A new dual-pinion electric power steering system combined with wide, 255-mm tires provide stable handling with a sporty feel. Stability and confidence is bolstered by Pathfinder’s front strut and rear independent multi-link suspension design with front and rear stabilizer bars and 4-wheel disc brake system

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder features best-in-class1 available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity – plenty for towing boats, ATVs, camp tents or trailers. Trailer Sway Control is standard.

Comfort and flexibility for a modern family space

The interior of the adventure-ready Pathfinder features refined new materials and a robust, open design. Driver and passengers are greeted with a modern, spacious environment.

Among the long list of striking interior touches, a new, available 12.3-inch digital dashboard provides the driver with a variety of easy-to-navigate screen options. Complementing the digital dashboard is an available 10.8-inch Head-up Display. New to Pathfinder, the Head-Up Display enables the driver to view preferred content such as turn-by-turn directions while staying focused on the road.

An available 9.0-inch color touchscreen centre display is placed high on the new simplified, intuitive instrument panel, providing easy visibility and accessibility for the driver and front passenger. Interlocking side vents and door finishers provide a solid structural appearance, and with the use of a new electronic shifter, the new “bridge” front centre console allows extra storage space underneath.

Woven cloth, leather- or premium quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seats are offered in a range of new colors and materials. Brushed bronze metallic accents are among the seven available interior “environments,” while new ambient interior lighting adds an even higher level of ambiance.

Seat flexibility – a critical factor for large SUV buyers – has been improved with standard 8-passenger capacity or, for the first time on Pathfinder, available 2nd row captain’s chairs with a no-tools-required removable centre console. The 2nd row bench seat now offers EZ FLEX® one-touch release fold/side with push button activation from both the driver and passenger sides, making life easy for parents and backseat passengers alike. The 60/40 split folding 3rd row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and cargo.

Nissan designed the Pathfinder’s ample cargo area to accommodate a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags with all three-rows up, and even carry 4×8-foot plywood sheets – making sure “utility” remains part of the Pathfinder’s SUV credentials.

Interior quietness has been greatly improved, with acoustic laminated front glass, thicker 2nd row glass, increased door and floor isolation, and a 60 per cent increase in engine noise absorption.

Available interior features include a 10-way power driver’s seat, climate controlled front seats, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with 2nd row climate control, and heated rear seats.

Advanced technology and safety, including standard Nissan Safety Shield® 360 

NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™2 is standard on all Pathfinder grade levels. Also available is NissanConnect® with WiFi Hot Spot, a wireless smartphone charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay®, Bose® Premium Audio with 13 speakers, NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM®3, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation4, and Intelligent Around View® Monitor5, which features a higher resolution and wider image viewing angle than the previous model.

For the first time ever, the 2022 Pathfinder SV and SL grades offer Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on, driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway6.

Pathfinder Platinum grade adds the new ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which was recently introduced on the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan’s advanced Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits6.

Every 2022 Pathfinder comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Rear Door Alert7 are also standard, while Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition are available. Ten airbags are standard.

Options for every adventurer

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is offered in 2WD and 4WD and in four well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum. Two packages – SV Premium and SL Premium – are available. Additional details will be available closer to the vehicle’s summer 2021 on-sale date.

  1. Ward’s Segmentation. 2022 Pathfinder with available tow package vs. latest in-market Large Cross/Utility Vehicle class competitors. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information. Base models compared. Based on manufacturers’ websites.
  2. Use feature only when safe and legal. Compatible device and service required. Subject to third party service availability. For more information see
  3. Use feature only when safe and legal. Compatible device and service required. Subject to third party service availability. For more information see
  4. Never program while driving. GPS mapping may not be detailed in all areas or reflect current road status.
  5. Intelligent Around View® Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information. I-AVM includes Moving Object Detection.
  6. ProPILOT Assist and ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link cannot prevent collisions. It is the driver’s responsibility to be in control of the vehicle at all times. Always monitor traffic conditions and keep both hands on the steering wheel. System operates only when lane markings are detected. Does not function in all weather, traffic and road conditions. System has limited control capability and the driver may need to steer, brake or accelerate at any time to maintain safety. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
  7. Rear Door Alert does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Key Specifications

The all-new Nissan Pathfinder will go on sale in summer 2021. Full specifications will be released closer to that time.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Key Specifications
Passenger configuration 3-row, 7 (2-2-3) or 8 passengers (2-3-3)
Drive configuration Front-wheel drive or Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector
Platform Reinforced unibody with wide, aggressive stance
Powertrain 3.5-litre direct injection V6 with idle stop/start
Horsepower 284 hp
Torque 259 lb/ft
Transmission All-new 9-speed automatic with manual-mode paddle shifters, electronic shift-by-wire drive selector
Towing capacity Standard 3,500 lbs.; available best-in-class 6,000 lbs.
Tow hitch with harness (6,000 lbs) Standard on Platinum, available on SV and SL grades (package)
Trailer sway control Standard
Brakes 4-wheel vented discs, ABS, electronic parking brake
Steering Full electric, power-assisted, vehicle speed variable
Suspension – front Front strut with twin-tube dual flow path shock absorbers, solid stabilizer bar
Suspension – rear Independent multi-link independent with twin-tube dual flow path shock absorbers, hollow tube stabilizer bar
Wheelbase 114.2 in.
Overall length 197.0 in.
Overall width 77.9 in.
Overall height 70.0 in.
Wheel size 18-inch or 20-inch
Tire size 255/60R18 or 255/50R20
Available exterior features – All-new exterior design with modern, aggressive styling and rugged, robust appearance

– Full C-shaped LED headlights and signature LED DRL

– Expressive LED taillights

– Large Pathfinder liftgate logo

– Front and rear door Intelligent Key activation

– Panoramic moonroof

– Motion-activated power liftgate with position memory

Available interior features – seating and climate control – Standard 2nd row bench seating for 8-passenger capacity; available captain’s chairs with removable centre console for 7-person capacity

– Standard EZ FLEX® one-touch release fold/side 2nd row seat with push button activation (driver and passenger)

– Standard Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with 2nd row climate control

– 60/40 split-folding 3rd row bench seat

– Semi-aniline leather appointed seats with quilting

– Climate controlled front seats, heated rear seats

Available interior features – screens – 12.3-inch Digital Dashboard (std. 7-inch)

– 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (Platinum)

– 9.0-inch color display with multi-touch control (std. 8-inch)

Available interior features – technology – Standard NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

– Wireless Apple CarPlay®

– Wireless smartphone charging pad

– NissanConnect® with WiFi Hot Spot

– NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM®

– Bose® Premium Audio with 13 speakers

– Class-exclusive Intelligent Around View® Monitor

– Nissan Door-to-Door Connected Navigation

ProPILOT Assist with Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range SV and above
ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link SL and above
Standard safety and driver-assist technology – Nissan Safety Shield® 360 with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking

– Class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning

– 10 air bags

– Intelligent Driver Alertness

– Rear Door Alert

Available safety and driver-assist technology – Blind Spot Intervention

– Intelligent Lane Intervention

– Front central seat-mounted supplemental air bag

– Traffic Sign Recognition

Cargo volume 16.6 (behind upright 3rd row)

45.0 (behind 2nd row upright, 3rd row folded)

80.5 (behind 1st row, 2nd and 3rd rows folded)

Estimated fuel economy Available closer to on-sale date
Grade levels S, SV, SL and Platinum

*Specifications and dimensions subject to change without notice.