The hybrid version of Nissan’s Pathfinder saw daylight in the month of October in 2013. Its production continued until January 2015 when Nissan decided to pull out its massive 7-seater SUV from the hybrid genre. With the latest surge in hybrid cars from Honda and Toyota with BMW already going fully electric, speculations are hot on air that the Japanese may reinstate its SUV in the form of 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Exterior and Interior Changes
People will almost demand a new look at 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. This SUV from Nissan has hardly seen any major change in its styling. If Pathfinder Hybrid 2018 does go into production, a new look is a necessity, judging by its future competition. The Japanese may use an aluminium intensive chassis to shed few of its curb weight and smoothen few of its edges to kick in that aerodynamic design.
Interiors and infotainment may remain the same. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid 2018 may come with similar packages as its 2015 predecessor. The same can applies to its safety features. Expect all the regulars from Nissan with some added improvements.
What triggered this news about this 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is the 5-seater, 4-door 107 HP Nissan Leaf. If the automaker has already come up with an all-electric vehicle in its automobile section, why not couple this very same engine with Pathfinder’s V6? Even a low power version will do a lot of good to Nissan’s sales when placed right next to BMW or Hyundai.
Falling gasoline prices in the US in late 2014 somewhat forced Nissan to withdraw this vehicle. Pathfinder Hybrid came with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder supercharged engine coupled with an electric motor. Nissan did promise a range of 107 miles on its SUV running solely on electric motors, but its EPA figures were not that impressive.
Currently, Nissan Pathfinder boasts a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a power output capacity of 260 HP and torque output capacity of 250 lb-ft. It will not be a big surprise it Nissan adds an electric motor to it and launches its all-new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. Expect power to cross the 300 HP mark with improved engine performance.
One interesting feature about the 2015 model was that the SUV could kill its gasoline engine at will. It started electric and coasted electric. If Nissan applies a similar concept with its V6, expect the 2018 Pathfinder’s EPA to shoot way over the 2 mpg difference mark. If it currently stands at 26 mpg highway for the gasoline version, the hybrid may well hover around the 35 mpg mark.
Price and Release Date
One can hope that Nissan may soon lift its ban on its hybrid SUV and come up with the much anticipated 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. Expect a price tag in the $40,000 range. As for its release date, the car itself hasn’t been confirmed by Nissan yet. Hang around for more updates.