DALLAS -- Nissan's 2017 Pathfinder will have significant changes when it rolls out in September, reflecting a new company strategy emphasizing extensive midcycle freshenings.
The seven-passenger crossover, last redesigned for 2013, gets a 3.5-liter direct-injection V-6 gasoline engine, new front and rear fascias, a restyled hood, redesigned center console and new safety features.
The Pathfinder is the third core Nissan model to receive heavier-than-usual midcycle changes. The 2016 Altima and Sentra sedan also were significantly enhanced.
More than half of the Pathfinder's engine components will be new for 2017, and it will deliver 284 hp, compared with 260 hp in the 2016 model.
The redesigned engine will also crank out 259 pounds-feet of torque, up from 240 pounds-feet last year, Nissan says.
The makeover includes a boost in towing power, to 6,000 pounds from 5,000 pounds in the 2016 model, as well as the addition of three of Nissan's advanced safety technologies: forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control as options, and an around-view monitor with moving detection as standard equipment.
The Pathfinder gets a motion-activated rear liftgate as standard on SL and Platinum grades and improved connected-vehicle features.
Engineering changes to the body and chassis have yielded increased shock stiffness of 11 percent in the front and 7 percent in the rear.