Nissan Pathfinder (2005–2014)

Model History

March 2005

Nissan Pathfinder launched

Powered by 174PS 2,488cc development of X-Trail's 2.2 diesel with 403Nm torque. Modern 7-seat interior.

Choice of 5-speed or 6-speed manual or 5-speed auto. Shift on the fly four wheel drive, electronic traction control and hill descent control on four wheel drive. Very good looking. Top speed 109mph, 11.7 seconds to 60mph, 31.4mpg combined. Petrol model from September 2005 with 269PS, 4.0-litre version of the V6 engine from 350Z. Both diesel and petrol models have choice of manual or automatic transmission.

Diesel starts at £24,000 for the 5-seat S and rises to £30,660 for top-of-the-range T-Spec 7-seater. Automatic available on all except the S, adds £1,300, so top price is £31,960 for the T-Spec auto.

4.0 litre V6 T-SPEC on sale from August 2005, deliveries from September 2005 at £33,960 OTR. 3,954cc with 265bhp and 385Nm of torque through a five-speed automatic gearbox with manual override linked to a switchable high or low ratio transfer box. 0 - 60 mph 8.6 seconds, making it fastest 7 seat SUV in UK.

Spec includes Comms pack:

  • DVD birdview satellite navigation system. This latest path-finding aid features voice recognition, a full seven inch colour screen, enough mapping to cover 21 countries throughout Europe plus traffic management channel (TMC) to help avoid any congested areas leading you clearly and easily to your chosen route.
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity. Just pair your phone up to the N-FORM console and full hands-free, voice activation operation can be applied via the screen monitor.
  • Rear parking camera. Select reverse and a full colour image of the area behind you, along with guidance lines, is displayed on the 7-inch monitor.
  • Premium Audio. An in-dash 6CD system with a superior sound quality specially tuned to the vehicle and featuring MP3 compatibility.

Same Comms pack as free upgrade (worth £2,000) on the 2.5dCi SVE August and September 2005.

July 2007

Bluetooth phone integration available on all trim levels of Pathfinder and Navara plus it has been uprated to improve convenience and minimise driver distraction. Its integrated into the audio unit, so for incoming calls the volume is automatically lowered, while the display has Caller ID. The system has a phonebook with storage for 100 names and numbers, and improved digital processing for clear sound quality.

New colours are Emotion Red which is an eye-catching, rich colour. Flint Grey is the second new colour. New design of six-spoke 17-inch alloy wheel, while door mirrors are now colour coded on Sport with chrome on Aventura and Navara Outlaw grades. As well as being available either in colour coded or chrome finish, the door mirrors now have integrated turn indicators and a so-called 'puddle-lamp' which lights the ground around the door.

Aluminium kick plates on front doors and tailgate on Sport and Aventura of Pathfinder (Outlaw and Aventura for Navara) and footwell illumination and soft touch paint to the aluminium style centre console.

In the Pathfinder's load-area, the quality and thickness of the carpet has been improved.

Manual transmission Pathfinder is equipped with Uphill Start Support (USS) that allows drivers to perform easy hill-starts without fear of roll-back. When engaged, the system holds the Pathfinder on its brakes for three seconds after the brake pedal has been released, giving the driver time to apply the power and engage the clutch for a smooth take-off. The system was already available on Pathfinders equipped with an automatic gearbox.

December 2007

Special edition called Pathfinder Mammoth launched

Priced at £27995 (OTR). Mammoth is California's favourite mountain holiday resort so, as you would expect, this special edition Pathfinder has been designed and equipped to handle any family adventures.

For peaceful journeys the rear passengers are kept amused by the fitment of a roof mounted rear DVD player complete with a 10.2 inch drop down screen and wireless headphones. But not just a standard DVD player, this one can be removed from the docking station and used as a portable unit away from the vehicle. With the kids tuned into their favourite movie, headphones on, the rest of the passengers can enjoy the sound quality emitted from the specially tuned BOSE stereo system with its 10 high performance speakers and digital amplifier, unique to the Pathfinder Mammoth.

It also comes with DVD birdview satellite navigation, colour reversing camera, Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity, cruise control, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, roof rails, side steps, rear privacy glass, xenon headlamps, front fog lights, leather upholstery with heated front seats and 17 inch alloy wheels. Safety features include Nissans ALL MODE 4x4 system which includes a low ratio gearbox, downhill drive support (auto only) plus Electronic Stability Program.

hould an impact occur then protection is in place with driver, passenger, front side and curtain airbags plus active front headrests to help reduce the risk of whiplash. Choice of four colours: Flint Grey, Emotion Red, Metallic Black and Arctic White and is supplied with special California Sports Adventure floor mats as well as a Mammoth Sports Adventure rear badge.

Accessory package to include a fixed towbar with single electrics and a towbar mounted bike rack that holds two bikes, designed to simply fix onto each other without the need for any special tools. Priced at £500 fitted. The Pathfinder Mammoth is priced at £1000 less than an Aventura.

March 2008

Nissan added a third row of seats to the entry-level Pathfinder TREK making all models in the range seven seaters as standard with pricing starting from £23,995.

April 2009

Pathfinder specification revised

Patthfinder comes in Acenta and Tekna versions only. As before, both are dual range 4x4s with 4x4 looks, a 2.5 dCi diesel engine, independent rear suspension and a cabin with MPV-style versatility.

The Pathfinder will seat up to seven, accommodate a load up to 2.8m long on its flat cargo deck, tow a caravan, boat or trailer up to a braked maximum of 3000kg and if necessary do it all off-road in awful weather. Standard ESP stability control keeps you safe when things get slippy, while selectable low-range gears with the ALL-MODE four-wheel drive system mean this is one 4x4 that can take care of itself when the road runs out.

Based on the former Sport manual, the new Acenta costs from £26,895 and includes seven seats, 17in alloy wheels, ALL-MODE 4wd, six CD autochanger, ESP, privacy glass, Bluetooth connectivity, roof rails, six airbags and automatic headlights and wipers are all standard.

The Tekna takes over from the Aventura and comes with leather upholstery, electric heated front seats, DVD satnav, rear parking camera, sunroof, intelligent key, xenon headlights, side steps and cruise control. A custom Bose sound system is included, too.

The Tekna is available with manual gears (from £29,895) or automatic (from £31,170). But until 30 June buyers can put Nissans family 4x4 into their family on a 0% finance deal when bought on Nissans PCP scheme, Preferences. With a minimum 10% deposit, an Acenta costs from just £329 a month and the Tekna from £359 a month.

May 2010

Pathfiner revised

The Pathfinder Acenta 2.5 dCi 190 is priced at £28,495 (on the road). The fully equipped Pathfinder Tekna is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission (£31,595) or a 5-speed automatic (£33,095). Extra standard features on the Pathfinder Acenta include Fine Vision combimeter for a crisp view of the instrument dials, new centre console and lidded storage box and MP3 AUX input.

On the Pathfinder Tekna, Nissan Connect Premium HDD, a sat nav infotainment system with 7-inch colour touch screen, comes as standard as well as new 18-inch wheels, headlight washers, speed limiter and new centre console with wood finish.

In its latest guise in both Pathfinder and Navara, the 4-cylinder diesel provides peak power of 190 PS (188 bhp) with peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb ft), figures which represent an 11% improvement over the previous model. For Navara, this represents class leading power and torque without compromising on fuel consumption or emissions. Either vehicle is now capable of doing 0-62mph in just 10.7 seconds.

Both models have significantly improved performance and fuel economy - fuel consumption improves and CO 2 emissions come down, by an average of 15%. For both Pathfinder and Navara, official combined fuel economy is boosted from the outgoing models’ 28.8mpg to 33.2mpg, while CO2 is cut from 264g/km to 224g/km.

A subtle reshaping has resulted in a new bonnet and grille, along with redesigned headlights – now complete with their own pop up washer system (Tekna models only). Two new body colours are available: Slate and, for the Navara only, Electric Blue.

Inside, enhanced styling embraces new designs, trim and fabrics for the door panels, centre console and seats. There’s a clearer new dashboard display, extra concealed storage tray and reworked switchgear. A simple-to-operate speed limiter has also been incorporated into the cruise control of the Tekna models.

A new direct injection V6 turbodiesel has been developed to deliver even higher levels of performance and capability with strong economy, competitive emissions and class-leading refinement.

Power output is 231 PS while the torque output of 550 Nm leads the class. Better still, peak torque is achieved from as low as 1,750 rpm and is available all the way to 2,500 rpm, while as much as 500 Nm is available from a mere 1,500 rpm. Idle speed is an exceptionally low 650 rpm with none of the vibrations and noise usually associated with a diesel.

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