Today Nissan revealed details of the refreshed 2017 Pathfinder. The new model year is bringing in new front and rear fascias, a revised interior and an updated engine option.
As is typical for a mid-cycle enhancement, the visual changes on the 2017 Pathfinder are fairly minor. The front clip design is now more in line with Nissan’s recent products with an overall “V motion” theme that’s found on newer products such as the Maxima and Titan. LED headlights and accent lights also aid in giving the fourth-generation Pathfinder a more modern appearance. Around back, new taillights and bumper design also freshen things up.
Inside Nissan has basically just cleaned up the Pathfinder interior. The center stack is new with a cleaner design and an eight-inch screen versus the 2016’s seven-inch. Housed in that screen is NissanConnect, the company’s latest and greatest infotainment system, which was not offered on the 2016 model.
Keeping with the trend, Nissan has finally added options everyone expects on their new crossover these days. The 2017 Pathfinder offers adaptive cruise control, a hands-free liftgate and several other tech features the 2016 model omitted.
Rounding out this refresh is an updated version of Nissan’s well-known 3.5-liter V-6. For 2017 they’ve added direct fuel injection to the engine, which ups the power to 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. The additional power is yielding a towing capacity increase of 1,000 pounds to 6,000 pounds total.
Nissan also claims they’ve made some chassis and suspension changes that enhance rigidity of the Pathfinder. Stiffer spring rates with the addition of rebound springs should net a more confident Pathfinder with a smoother ride.