DALLAS -- Nissan will have a significantly freshened Pathfinder crossover for 2017, with more engine power and torque, more safety features and more towing power.
Due to powertrain enhancements for ’17, the project represents one of the largest midcycle investments in a model in Nissan history, according to a company source.
The changes for 2017, revealed today in Dallas and Detroit, will hit showrooms in September.
The Pathfinder will move to a direct-injection gasoline 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 284 hp at 6,400 rpm, compared to 260 hp at 6,400 rpm in the 2016 model. It will claim 259 pounds-feet at 4,800 rpm for 2017, up from 240 pounds-feet at 4,400 rpm last year.
More than half of the engine parts will be new for 2017, including pistons and intake manifold and a redesigned combustion chamber.
The new model includes a boost in towing power, from 5,000 pounds in 2016 to 6,000 pounds now, as well as the addition of three of Nissan’s advanced safety technologies: forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control and an around-view monitor with moving detection.