Nissan draws on 1986 model for new 2022 Pathfinder

HERO 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The fully redesigned Nissan Pathfinder gets refined looks, more space, and an upgraded interior

Nissan recently unveiled the new Pathfinder, the brand’s best-known model which competes in a vast segment against other three-row SUVs such as the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander. With a lot of help from Nissan Design America in San Diego, CA, the company has been able to give the Pathfinder a new look while giving a nod to its history.

Nissan senior designer Marcus Quach, who oversaw the exterior design, says the team was inspired by the original Pathfinder from 1986. “There was a certain robustness, a certain modernity to the design, especially given the other cars on the market at the time,” he explains. “There’s some cleverness hidden within; it’s very pragmatic and honest, and that’s a lot of what we wanted to capture with the new Pathfinder.” 

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