The much-anticipated 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has made its official debut. We take a detailed look as we await a first chance at driving the thing.
It’s more than an understatement to say that Nissan’s Pathfinder was in need of a revision. The current model found at dealerships has existed in unchanged form since the 2013 model-year, which of course dates it to even earlier, mid-2012. That’s a long time, especially for a model competing against models get makeovers on average once every three years or so. Fortunately, the wait is just about over, with Nissan planning to have the 2022 Pathfinder ready for customers by this summer. This week, though, we got to meet the fifth-generation SUV… virtually.
A true and proper test drive will tell us a lot more about what the new Pathfinder is made of, of course, but in the meantime here’s what Nissan Canada did reveal to us about the model’s looks, insides and capabilities.
New from top to bottom, front to back
At first glance, you could say that the new Pathfinder moves away from the meek silhouette of the outgoing model to a more adventurous look. The front end still features the V-shaped grille, but there's a subtle nod to the first, 1980s-era Pathfinder with those three small openings at the end of the hood. As for the headlight clusters, they're reminiscent of those integrated into the bumper of big brother the Nissan Armada. Both the daytime running lights (the top ones) and the headlights are LEDs on all trim levels of the new three-row SUV.