2008 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Created for those who want something halfway between a Murano and athe excellent Patrol, the Pathfinder is based on a ’s ‘F-Alpha’ platform. It uses a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame and adds an all-steel double wishbone front suspension with coil-over shocks and stabiliser bar. At the rear, an independent double-wishbone suspension design with the coils located on the toe control link with stabilizer bar improves ride quality while optimising handling, especially on rough trails.

The Pathfinder was launched in the Middle East last year and was developed to be an authentic and affordable activity-sized SUV offering functionality for active families. Its styling can be characterised as being actively rugged but with an straightforward function.

Its quite handsome looks are backed up by the 4.0-litre V6 packing in 291 horses and 409 Nm of torque. While not really exceptional, this powerplant is more than adequate to get the job done in the Pathfinder and in fact, is more supple and willing than many bigger engines.

Stylingwise, the Pathfinder echoes cues from its bigger sibling, the Armada, thanks to which it now boasts a visual maturity that speaks volumes about its character.

There is more room inside and the Pathfinder now gets three rows of seats to house seven occupants. The Pathfinder comes well appointed with lots of luxury amenities depending on trim level chosen. Four trim loevels are available in the Middle East – XE, SE, SE+ and LE – all of which come with shift-on-the-fly electronically selected four-wheel-drive, with a dash mounted switch operation.

Safety features include dual, two-stage frontal airbags; antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution; Nissan’s superb VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) electronic stability control. Three-point seat belts are standard for all occupants including the second row centre passenger. On higher spec versions, a tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS) is also available.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)106,000-131,000
Engine (litre)4.0
Power (bhp)291
Torque (Nm)409

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