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Nissan Pathfinder 2022: Australian release date confirmed for second half of 2022 despite delays

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The new Pathfinder large SUV has been confirmed by Nissan Australia to be arriving in the second half of 2022


Despite the world being constantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the associated chip shortages, the new Nissan Pathfinder, which is built in the United States, will be coming to Australia as planned in the second half of 2022. 

The fifth-generation Pathfinder will come to Australia fitted with a refreshed 3.5-litre V6 engine that will produce 212kW/351Nm which will be connected to a ZF nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission – replacing the old CVT. 

Squarely aimed at fellow American-made large SUV the Toyota Kluger, the Pathfinder remains petrol V6-only for Australia, with no return slated for a hybrid model – though an electrified version has been sold locally in the past.

Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Driving
The fifth-gen Pathfinder is on its way in the second half of 2022

In the US, a recently revealed Rock Creek edition of the Pathfinder will be built with 8kW more power and 15Nm more torque, however it has not been confirmed for Australia just yet. 

Seven drive modes are available that offer individual settings for on and off-road situations. 

In the US, the Pathfinder is rated at 2720kg braked for towing, however we are yet to learn about what the Australian rating will be. 

The Rock Creek edition sold in the US gains a power upgrade!

Standard equipment for Australia

Both seven and eight-seat options will likely be available with the seven seat option utilising captain’s chairs. 

Standard kit will include features such as a 13-speaker Bose sound system, wireless phone charging and even 360-degree cameras for the higher grade variants. 

Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Interior
The new Pathfinder will be available with seven or eight seat layouts

Nissan Australia is yet to confirm whether the Pathfinder will use both the 8.0-inch and 9.0-inch touch screens depending on variants, however the larger of the two will have wireless functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Nissan has confirmed there will be 11 colour choices for the Pathfinder when it lands in Australia, giving plenty of choice for SUV enthusiasts.