We’re really reticent to follow Nissan’s lead and call the Pathfinder you see before you a “concept.” After speaking with Nissan officials yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show, we’re confident that with a few minor changes, the Nissan Pathfinder will make it to showrooms later this year as a 2013 model.
So we’re confident in showing off its preproduction Pathfinder concept as something you’ll likely be able to buy soon.
Headlining the act for the Pathfinder is its outright functionality. For families with small children, Nissan has engineered its middle row of seats to be able to slide forward to give access to the third row without having to remove a child seat. It’s a significantly larger package than the outgoing Nissan Pathfinder, allowing for a second row that should rival segment leaders for leg room while still providing plenty of room in the back.
The Pathfinder concept boasts plenty of luxury touches, too, like leather seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, push-button start, Bluetooth audio, a built-in Zagat restaurant guide, navigation, a tri-zone climate control system, 360-degree parking cameras, and DVD monitors mounted in the in the front headrests for second-row passengers.
We think it looks very Infiniti at likely to be a very Nissan-like price. And, funny enough, all of the features seen in the concept are already available in other Nissan products, with the exception of the trick middle-row seats. It virtually guarantees they’ll be in the production version. Like we said, this doesn’t seem to concept-like to us.
But if they make it as-is, would you take it?