By Shereen Shabnam
Being one of the first in the UAE to drive the All-new Nissan Pathfinder 2022 meant I got into the driver’s seat with no previous insights from my motoring colleagues or any preconceptions. At first sight, the exterior design upgrade in this all-new fifth-generation model, inspired by the original model and the nameplate’s 35-year heritage is pleasantly evident.
The bold new design outside compliments the overall look and feel inside the cabin, as we explored the Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technologies including ProPILOT and Nissan Safety Shield® 360 for greater safety and confidence
The arrival of the versatile all-new Nissan Pathfinder 2022 solidifies Nissan’s SUV dominance in the region especially as the 2022 model has been completely redesigned from the ground-up, with a host of mechanical and technological upgrades to cater to the regional demand for greater technology, capability and luxury.
The exterior fuses traditional design with modern touches. The elegant C-shaped LED lights, a signature V-Motion grille, and an all-new logo lend the Pathfinder a powerful presence while the diagonal C-Pillar, 3-slot grille, and bold fender arches echo the styling of its predecessors.
In addition, the Pathfinder badges inside and out, plus the strong front face, wide stance, the bold lettering on the tailgate and door moldings solidify the SUV’s identity. Robust “U-shaped” highlights fuse the powerful fenders, providing a tough, muscular appearance while the dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators provide a distinctive touch of elegance.
Characteristic Nissan DNA signature features are integrated into the new Pathfinder’s design, including a floating roofline and slim upper Daytime Running Lights.
Inside, the modern cabin offers flexibility with seating for up to eight, new captain’s chairs, all-new 12.3-inch digital dashboard, and a 10.8-inch Head-up Display. The Nissan Intelligent Mobility features in the all-new Nissan Pathfinder 2022 includes revolutionary technologies such as ProPILOT. NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is offered as standard, complemented with available wireless Apple CarPlay® integration and available wireless smartphone charging pad.
The new ambient interior lighting sets the mood for driver and passengers while interior quietness is improved with acoustic laminated front glass, thicker second-row glass, increased door and floor isolation, and a 60 percent increase in engine noise absorption.
For safety, the all-new Nissan Pathfinder 2022 is fitted with Nissan Advanced Airbag system including ten airbags as standard, with the optional Nissan Safety Shield® 360, offering enhanced protection through Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure intervention, High Beam Assist, and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.
The standard Rear-View Monitor is enhanced with an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor with a new high-resolution digital display on higher grades, as is NissanConnect® with Navigation.
Under the hood, the All-new 9-speed automatic transmission and proven V6 engine provide engaging driving experiences both on and off-road. Powering the all-new Pathfinder is a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with Direct Injection Gasoline™ producing 271hp and 340 NM of torque. This offers strong acceleration on and off the tarmac.
Offering customers, the luxury of choice, the all-new Pathfinder is available in ten colours and three well-equipped grades – S, SV and SL – with each providing greater comfort, luxury, and capability. The models can be viewed at Nissan’s partner network across the Middle East including Arabian Automobiles Co. in Dubai.
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