As the next step in a plan to introduce 10 new vehicles to the Canadian market in 20 months, Nissan reveals the 2022 Pathfinder and Frontier.
Both iconic products have been heavily updated, and will arrive late this summer as 2022 models. They are number three and four of the 10 new vehicles promised under the Nissan Next transformation program. Nissan unveiled the redesigned 2021 Armada and Kicks back in December.
2022 NISSAN PATHFINDER
The Pathfinder has been a familiar sight on Canadian roads since 1986. The 2022 Pathfinder has plenty of styling cues from past models incorporated in a fresh new look. New from the ground up, the SUV also gets a lot more room in the third row.
Power will come from a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 284 horsepower and 259 lb.ft. of torque, mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive system. A seven-mode drive and terrain mode system provides Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut, and Tow settings.
Buyers of large SUVs often have a need to tow their toys. The 2022 Pathfinder will let them haul 6,000 pounds’ worth. Sway control will be standard, as will a new electric power steering system.
The interior has been seriously upgraded and features a large 31-cm customizable digital dashboard, a 27-cm heads-up display, and 23-cm colour touchscreen for the infotainment system.
2022 NISSAN FRONTIER
Long overdue for a makeover, the 2022 Nissan Frontier gets a new frame. The old platform dates back to the turn of the century. Everything fastened to and above the new one is fresh, resulting in a tall and tough new look.
Nissan is no stranger to the pickup game. The first Nissan pickup arrived in North America in 1959.
The third generation Frontier has been developed to meet the changing needs of mid-size pickup buyers. The pickup is more of a lifestyle vehicle now, and while late to the party, the 2020 Frontier brings all the necessary goods.
The new face is nearly vertical. At the other end the bed has been raised significantly. The overall size has not changed much in comparison to the outgoing Frontier.
The interior features a colourful selection of trim, materials and grab handles. The digital age is on display with a 23-cm touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Power comes from a 3.8 litre, V6 with 310-horsepower and, more importantly, 281 lb. ft. of torque. This engine was all new for 2020 with 93% of the parts new or redesigned. Coupled with a new nine-speed automatic transmission and AWD, the Frontier has a 7,600-pound towing capacity. A trailer sway control system will be standard.
Our neighbors to the south will be able to buy a rear-drive Frontier, but we Canucks get AWD only.
A slick new Intelligent around view monitor with off-road mode will make light work of maneuvering through tight trails and quarters. You will be able to do so while utilizing the features on your phone through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, controlled through an available 23-cm touchscreen.