Perhaps we weren’t hoping for the new Pathfinder to arrive as the 2018 model year, but it seems that the rumors are true. The new Nissan will bring several upgrades and one big option. Precisely, it is expected to arrive with a hybrid engine under its hood this time. As the matter of fact, once, the Pathfinder was available with a hybrid, but after that it was discontinued. The upcoming 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid should arrive with the same upgrades with the standard version which this time will be minor. Those will include more standard safety equipment in all trim levels and larger wheels in higher rims.
Generally, the Nissan Pathfinder is a good-looking vehicle which offers cozy cabin and comfortable seating. The fuel economy will be very good, especially with the new hybrid unit under its hood. As well, the new Pathfinder will arrive with standard front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive will be optional.
Its main rivals will be Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Atlas.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid engine and performance
The new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid should arrive with a hybrid engine this time. There is still no any specific information, but we assume that it could be a 3.5-liter V-6 in combination with an electric motor. The exact output is still unknown but it will definitively be more fuel efficient than the traditional engine.
On the other hand, the standard Pathfinder will be powered with a 3.5-liter V-6 which will be able to develop 284 horsepower. The engine will pair with a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. As for the fuel economy, its gets 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior design, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid won’t differ much from the current model. The 2017 model year has received slightly revised front and rear bumpers and a new design of the grille. It has gotten bolder and more muscular appearance and for some larger changes we will have to wait a few years more.
When it comes to interior design, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid should also get similar design as the standard model. It is very spacious and has three rows of seats. It can welcome up to seven passengers comfortably and the access to the third row is very easy. However, the third row is more suitable for children. The cargo space is also great and if you need more, the third row can be folded. The seats are upholstered in cloth while the higher trims will get leather upholstery. The dashboard will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system.
As for the equipment, it comes standard with keyless ignition, four USB ports, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, automatic emergency braking, airbags etc. The higher trims will add dual-pane moonroof, heated seats, premium audio, adaptive cruise control, navigation, rear cross-traffic alert and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid should arrive sometime during next year. The price of the hybrid version is still not available.