The Pathfinder has enjoyed a long history in the Middle East. And this crafty mid-sized SUV from Nissan has gained a reputation for reliability with road and off-road capabilities. The Pathfinder has also kept a close eye on it customers changing needs and has actually transformed from a proper off-roader into a more family friendly all-rounder. For 2019, we get access to the Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition that further accentuates its features and the signature V Motion grill.
Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition Review 2019
When it comes to family SUV, one of the cars that most likely come to the minds of people in this region would be the Pathfinder. This 7-seater family hauler has evolved from a truck-based chassis of years gone by to a more friendly crossover segment while keeping its 4×4 roots, albeit to a lesser extent. Yes, the Pathfinder of today is more catered for the urban jungle than the wild wild west but that doesn’t mean that the Pathfinder cannot venture into those terrains.
Its terrain management rotary dial can switch the power to drive with the front two wheels, ideal for city and highway drives, and 4×4 intelligent AUTO which would allow the transfer case to provide power to all wheels as and when required and with the ability to lock the differential for desert driving. However the approach angle of the new Pathfinder is not what it once was and the adventurist in you would need to be satisfied with limiting those drives to the beaches and best avoid steep desert dunes.
Our Midnight Edition Pathfinder, much like the Midnight Edition Maxima; which we tested earlier, has received blacked out treatment to anything that was glossy and shiny. Which means that all the chrome bits are now covered in gloss black as well as the rims. The interior however remains unchanged, as this is an exterior package, which also comes with a Midnight Edition Badge on its rear tailgate.
But having said all that, the Pathfinder has one thing in mind and that’s to cater for the needs to today’s families. The designers of the new Pathfinder understand that families these days love to travel and have a more active lifestyle. Lifestyle that is further supported by the availability of its infrastructure in the UAE. And for that the Pathfinder is able to tow 1500 kgs as well. Which is perfect to tow a trailer carrying motorbikes, quads, motocross and jet skis.
The interior remains unchanged while keeping connectivity and charging points at arms reach for everyone. Safety features like blind sport assist and radar guided cruise control are just a few of the features, which we would find in cars higher up in the pecking order. Even access to the 3rd row seats is easily done with the pull of a lever.
The interior gets wood textured accents that brings out a but more premium feel for this segment and I would say is probably as good as that one found in its cousin, the Infiniti QX70. These attentions to details and least we forget the presence of actually physical radio preset buttons and a physical volume button makes everyday driving that much better.
The Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition is priced at AED 162,000 which is quite a bargain because it has a proper off-road drive-train though the transmission is a CVT which takes some fun when it comes to driving feel but compensates by getting you a better fuel economy and instantaneous acceleration.
Price and Specs: Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition Review 2019
|Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition Review 2019|
|Displacement||3.6L V6, fwd, 4×4|
|Gearbox||CVT X Tronic with selectable 4×4 mode|
|Rated Output||271 Hp|
|Rated Torque||340 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||7.6 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||10.6L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Towing Capacity||1500 kgs|
|Price (AED)||Approx. AED 162,000|
Images by Arnab Saha: Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition Review 2019