2013 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 28 March 2013 , 10:03:56 byAngela

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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

The power comes from inside. This is the motto that guides the Japanese company Nissan. A car is an important symbol of freedom, status and personal achievement. That’s why the company keeps thinking of various ways to satisfy as many persons as possible. A year ago the Nissan Pathfinder made its debut. Now, at the NYIAS the hybrid version of the car has been presented.

An important trend nowadays is the growing demand for a cleaner environment. Automakers are developing products that offer more fuel efficiency and less CO2 emissions, from more efficient gasoline-fueled engines to hybrids, clean diesel, electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Nissan is adapting to the requests and the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a proof to confirm this.

The Nissan Pathfinder hybrid is equipped with a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine mated with a 15 kW electric motor and advanced Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch hybrid control system. This way the vehicle can produce 250 horsepower (184 kW) and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) of torque. As a bonus, the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch system ensures power from the electric engine and the gas engine too. One clutch is installed between the gasoline engine and the electric motor, the other within the next-gen Xtronic CVT.

As a hybrid, everyone will have high expectations from it regarding its relation to the environment. It will have a great fuel economy, around 26 mpg Combined. To be realistic, this is a 24 percent increase over the standard model. In addition, the estimated City fuel economy is 25 mpg, while Highway mileage is 27 mpg. With the Pathfinder Hybrid's large 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the same as non-hybrid models, driving range is estimated at more than 526 miles.

A wonderful element in the design efficiency is the use of a space-saving Li-ion battery which is set under the 3rd row seat, preserving the Nissan Pathfinder's unique 2nd row sliding functionality and easy access to the 3rd row. A regenerative braking system automatically recharges the battery.

As for the exterior design, the Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with efficient LED taillights and Nissan Puredrive Hybrid badges, special hybrid information screens which are added to the instrument panel’s Advanced Drive-Assist Display, muscular fenders. The vehicle offers an attractive, aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity.