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Nissan Pathfinder is about style, comfort.

Muscat: For more than 25 years, when people think of the Nissan Pathfinder, they imagine where it can take them. With a powerful V6 engine, a rugged truck frame underneath and available four-wheel drive, the 2012 Pathfinder lives up to its reputation as an authentic, rugged adventure vehicle.

Yet with an abundance of "civilised" features, including available leather-appointed seat and DVD video entertainment system, today's Pathfinder owners also know that how it can take them - as in comfort and style - is of equal importance.

Along with standard three-row seating for seven, Pathfinder's refined interior offers a range of amenities, including available heated steering wheel, nissan intelligent key, nissan navigation system, bluetooth hands-free phone system, and rearview monitor. Pathfinder is offered with a proven 4.0-litre V6, which offers 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque.

Throughout its history, Pathfinder has maintained an iconic exterior design, while also remaining fresh and dynamic. The exterior is defined by its unique combination of sophistication and rugged, go-anywhere looks.

Large headlamps, angled strut-style grille and a sweeping hood hint at the power underneath, while Pathfinder's broad shoulder line, large integrated fender flares covering purposeful wheel and tyre combinations and distinctive C-pillar with high-mounted rear door handles reinforce the distinctive Pathfinder appearance.

A long wheelbase of 112.2 inches allows for a roomy three-row cabin while providing ride comfort and stability - with the manageable 187.6-inch overall length and short front and rear overhangs help enable drivers to feel comfortable driving or parking. Additional exterior highlights include standard roof rails with integrated front and rear grips and a rear tailgate design with flip-up rear glass hatch opening.

Inside the ruggedly elegant body, the Pathfinder interior offers standard three-row seating and exceptional utility and storage capacity. Seating selections include an available 8-way power driver's seat, 4-way power front passenger's seat, fold-down front passenger seat, driver's seat auto entry/exit system with two-driver memory and heated front seats.

Additional standard equipment includes power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse, power door locks with auto door lock function, tilt steering wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, trip computer and climate control system.

Storage areas are plentiful throughout the spacious cabin, including four cupholders and an overhead console with sunglass storage. Pathfinder's advanced 4.0-litre DOHC V6 is rated at 261 horsepower and 38.9kg-m @ 4,000rpm of torque. This specially tuned engine, created for SUV and truck applications, is part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series.

The 4.0-litre design includes Electronic Throttle Control with secondary mapping in 4LO (4x4 models), Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum-coated pistons and lightweight aluminium block. Maximum towing capacity for V6-equipped Pathfinders is 3,000 pounds when properly equipped for towing.

Standard on all Pathfinder models is a responsive engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with G-sensor and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).

All Pathfinders continue to be built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SUV. Pathfinder's long-travel front suspension is an all-steel double-wishbone design with coil-over shocks and large stabiliser bar. For smooth ride quality and optimised handling, the rear suspension is an independent double-wishbone design with the coils located on the toe control link (offset spring and shock) with stabiliser bar. Standard underbody component protection puts a plate under the radiator, and all models are equipped with an integrated tow hitch.

Wheel packages vary by Pathfinder model. Pathfinder XE models offer standard 16-inch steel wheels with P265/70R16 tyres, while 16-inch aluminium-alloy wheels are offered on SE. Pathfinder LE V6 features special 17-inch machine-finished aluminium-alloy wheels and P265/65R17 OWL BFGoodrich tyres. All Pathfinders provide a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and full-size spare tyre.

Pathfinder's long list of standard safety features and equipment includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), featuring dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor; supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags; and roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for improved side impact and rollover head protection for outboard occupants in all three rows.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Jun 25, 2012
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