Nissan Pathfinder Concept

Nissan has announced that the concept for a redesigned Pathfinder SUV will make its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. After its redesign, the Pathfinder will continue to be a seven-seat SUV, but it will receive a redesigned body and a new platform.

The current Nissan Pathfinder ranks at the bottom of its class of midsize SUVs. Reviewers say that it’s not a particularly bad truck-based SUV, but it’s outdone by all of its competitors. Others like the Toyota 4Runner offer a better combination of on-road driving manners and off-road capability, while crossover SUVs like the Mazda CX-9 offer more standard features, a second row that’s habitable for adults and performance that’s at least fun, if not downright sporty.

Nissan hasn’t announced many details about the Pathfinder concept, but it will likely become a car-based crossover SUV. Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, recently introduced a seven-seat crossover SUV called the Infiniti JX for 2013, so it’s likely that the new Pathfinder concept will share some elements. Plus, many of the previously truck-based, seven-seat SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango have become car-based crossovers after recent redesigns.

For more information about the Nissan Pathfinder concept’s debut, keep an eye out for our coverage of the Detroit Auto Show, or visit the Pathfinder concept’s website.

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