This is what surprises me most about the redesign. Going back to the article I posted in the beginning of the thread there is this:NVSteve wrote:Another fine vehicle destined for the current SUV market. It's nice that it will blend in so well in a crowd:
It was known for quite some time that the next gen would be a CUV, I just expected it to be differentiated from the crowd. This looks pretty vanilla to me. Not that I would ever buy one, but the Explorer has bolder styling than the Pathfinder now.While the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is set to migrate to crossover status, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will automatically turn into a jellybean-shaped passive people mover. Nissan tends to slather its crossover SUV with bulbous styling excess, but we suspect the new Pathfinder will continue to come wrapped in bolder and, dare we say, more masculine looking styling than, say, Nissan’s Murano.
Daredevil said it well.dared3vil00 wrote:You know what Nissan, Fack YOU. I had faith you would not wreck this. Thanks for taking a name such as "Pathfinder" which implies it's an off road worthy vehicle and turning it into a Nissan Sante fe POS
LINKNissan Xterra to continue as traditional SUV
Posted Jan 12th 2012 6:40PM
Nissan has good news for anyone weeping about the fact that the 2013 Pathfinder has abandoned its body-on-frame ways. The company isn't completely ditching legitimate SUVs for the crossover crowd. According to Car and Driver, the Nissan Xterra will continue to shun a unibody design for the conceivable future. The magazine spoke with engineers familiar with the development of the Xterra who said the vehicle will share its DNA with the Nissan Frontier for years to come.
That means buyers will still be able to enjoy the vehicle's truckish charm and legitimate off-road chops. Those who want something a little softer or smaller can turn to the automaker's Rogue, while the 2013 Pathfinder will now offer mall-goers a suitable alternative to the Ford Explorer. The times may be changing, but for now, the Xterra isn't.