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Nissan Pathfinder 2023: Chinese market spin-off previewed at Shanghai Motor Show


The fresh-faced large SUV concept is expected to morph into an offering for the Chinese market 

Nissan has unveiled an all-new Pathfinder Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. 

Considering that it has been less than one year since Nissan launched the fifth-generation Pathfinder in Australia, it’s unlikely that the Japanese brand is eyeing up our market with this model.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Concept rear 3/4
The Pathfinder Concept sits on wheels that look remarkably similar to those found on the Nissan Leaf

Instead it seems that this updated large SUV will be aimed squarely at the Chinese market, stating that the concept has been “designed with China in mind.”

Details remain scarce regarding what will power this fresh-faced Pathfinder when it morphs into production form but the overall aesthetic does lean towards battery power of some sort, though it’s more likely to uses Nissan’s E-Power hybrid system, than be fully electric.

X-Trail looks, enlarged 

Despite being badged as a Pathfinder, it’s clear that Nissan has taken styling inspiration from the fourth-generation X-Trail for this concept. This is most obvious across the front grille, and in the C-pillar.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Concept side
The two-tone paint finish hints at luxury in the Pathfinder Concept

 The concept also wears a colour very similar to the Champagne finish that’s available on the range-topping X-Trail E-Power, and isn’t far off the hero colour for the Ariya – Nissan’s first all-electric SUV. 

When it comes to the wheels, the cross-hatch design is something that we’ve already seen on the second-generation Nissan Leaf

Pathfinder Concept keeps familiar interior

Despite wearing a very different exterior aesthetic to the petrol-only Pathfinder, Nissan looks to have played things safe on the inside. 

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Concept interior dash
Gold accents are present within the leather seats

It gets a pair of digital displays on the dash, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a centre console that looks almost identical to the one in the current Pathfinder. 

A short video accompanying the release shows that the Pathfinder Concept is a seven seater in a 2-2-3 configuration. 

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