Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is a SUV of the car manufacturer Nissan has been marketed in the first two generations outside of North America as Nissan Terrano. As of 1997, the Pathfinder was also offered in Europe. In 2002, the Terrano / Pathfinder with the exception of North America, Europe and other smaller markets was replaced by the Nissan X-Trail. Since 2013 there is a new model for North America, during 2014, the Pathfinder with the release of the new Nissan X-Trail in Europe is set with no direct successor.

  • 3.1 Specifications
  • 3.2 recall and service actions

Pathfinder I ( WD21, 1986-1995 )

Nissan Pathfinder 5-door 1993-1995

Spurred on by the success of the Toyota 4Runner in the U.S. Nissan presented in 1987 at the Detroit Motor Show the Pathfinder as an offshoot of the successfully launched only last year Nissan PickUp. In its home market of the Pathfinder was introduced as Nissan Terrano and in 1988 under this name also in Europe and other global markets.

While only petrol engines were available in the U.S. first, 2.4 -liter four- cylinder and 3.0 V6, was the introduction of the 2.7 TD for Europe, this offered as an option in North America. In 1990 a facelift, with the 4- cylinder engines were no longer offered in the U.S. and the 3.0-liter V6 now had 109 kW. At the same time, a five-door version now also came on the market. In 1993 came another little facelift.

Pathfinder facelift I 1990-1992

Pathfinder II ( R50, 1995-2004)

Pathfinder R50 (2000-2004)

The launch of the Pathfinder R50 took place in late 1995 in Japan again as Terrano R50 and mid-1996, Pathfinder in North America. At first it was only the version (150 hp) and four -speed automatic transmission available with 3.3 liter displacement as V6 petrol engine with 110 kW. As of 1998, a 5 -speed manual transmission was offered. From autumn 1997, the Pathfinder was also offered in Europe, parallel to the introduction of diesel engines. In the fall of 2000, the facelift with revised front ( bonnet, headlights, grille, bumpers), new tail lights and white instruments and additional side airbags in the interior. The engine is 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine with a 161 kW now enlarged ( 220 hp). This related to the optional transmission. In 2002 another minor facelift with a slightly altered grille. The sale of the identical model Terrano in Japan has now been discontinued in favor of the Nissan X - Trail, the real successor of the Nissan Terrano II was in Europe.

In the U.S., the Pathfinder was the end of 2004 ( in Europe in the spring of 2005) replaced by the same successor.


The Pathfinder had initially rear-wheel drive with selectable front-wheel drive. From year 2000, the all-wheel drive was permanent (up to 80 km / h) via an electrically controlled multi-plate clutch can be added. The trailer weight is 2300 kg.

Speed limits

  • 3.3 l petrol engine: 170 km / h
  • 3.3 l automatic: 163 km / h
  • 3.5 l automatic: 176 km / h

The standard consumption of the first years of construction was relatively high at 15.5 liters of regular gasoline, while the 3.5 -liter engine used from 2001 took 14.5 liters, but premium gasoline. Was available For this reason, and because there is no diesel engine, the sales figures in Europe kept very low.

Pathfinder III ( R51 .2004 to 2013 )

Nissan Pathfinder R51 (since 2007)

The Pathfinder R51 came in late 2004, now under the aegis of Renault, on the domestic market. The body has been completely redesigned and the technology has changed to a great extent.

In the U.S., the new model with the V6 petrol engine and 4.0 liter displacement with 198 kW ( 269 hp) was introduced to the market. In Europe, a four - cylinder common - rail diesel engine is also equipped with 2.5 liter displacement and 128 kW ( 174 hp). For diesel vehicles, a 6 -speed manual transmission and a 5 -speed automatic transmission is available for the petrol engine only the automatic transmission. The vehicles of the first diesel generation did not have a diesel - particulate filter.

With the first small facelift in autumn 2007 (including side front turn signals relocated to the exterior mirrors ) held a diesel particulate filter feeder. As part of the Motorneuabstimmung the rated power to 126 kW ( 171 hp) was withdrawn. Since the revision of the Pathfinder in Germany is only offered with a diesel engine.

The vehicle has a variable depending on the equipment interior with up to seven seats ( two extra seats in the rear fold-out ). The Pathfinder is available in three models: the cheaper versions of " Comfort" and "Elegance " and the most expensive version "Premium" (including leather, electric glass sunroof, reversing camera as standard. ). Since the fall of 2007 are the four trim levels XE , SE, LE and Platinum.

In 2010, the Pathfinder was slightly revised again. Apart from a slightly different front, the performance of the 2.5 liter dci engine to 140 kW (190 hp ) was raised. In addition, since 2010 a 3.0 -liter V6 diesel engine with 170 kW ( 231 hp ) will be offered. This engine is only available in conjunction with a 7- speed automatic transmission and the highest standard. The end of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will cease production of the R51. A direct successor in Europe for the Pathfinder it will not happen. Instead, the new Nissan X-Trail is designed more as far from an SUV towards a Sports Utility Vehicle.


The new Pathfinder has a variable all-wheel drive, rear with lockable front wheel drive and switchable ESP, with a rotary switch. Depending on the equipment, the empty weight is 2207-2355 kg. The turning circle of 12.4 m is very large. The trailer load is 3,000 kg.

Speed ​​limits:

  • 4.0 l petrol engine 5 - speed automatic: 190 km / h; Consumption: 18.0 l
  • 2.5 liter diesel with 6- speed gearbox: 175 km / h; Consumption: 8.7 l
  • 2.5 liter diesel with 5- speed automatic: 174 km / h; Consumption: 9.0 l
  • 3.0l diesel engine with 7- speed automatic: 201 km / h; Consumption: 9.5 l

Recall and service actions

In October 2010, the series Pathfinder ( R51 ), Micra (K12 ) and Navara ( D40 ) were recalled because there was a possibility that in the relay unit, which is responsible for the engine control unit, a relay fails. Thus, the power supply of the controller would fail and the engine can also proceed under driving conditions.

Rear view

Pathfinder IV ( R52 since 2013)

Nissan Pathfinder R52

The Pathfinder R52 was introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show for the first time. As already removed the predecessor Also here the design away from the truck box SUV to a modern SUV styling. The Pathfinder R52 is based on the Nissan D platform as the Infiniti JX, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano and Nissan Quest. Will be built in the Pathfinder R52 Nissan plant in Smyrna in the U.S. alliance Instead Tennessee.

Since late summer 2013, the new model is available in North America. For now, however, only with the Nissan VQ35DE 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 260 hp (194 kW). The Pathfinder is now significantly lighter than the previous generation. Now there is no rear door handles on the C-pillar, the previous three generations for security reasons.

From autumn 2013, a Pathfinder hybrid drive model is available. The Pathfinder Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter 4 - cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 15 kW electric motor. The hybrid system uses the Intelligent Nissan dual clutch to the power of the electric motor and gas engine to be transmitted together, and thereby to achieve a similar performance to the 3.5 L Pathfinder V6 gasoline engine. In comparison, the hybrid drive reaches 250 hp and 243 Nm of torque to 260 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Saves the energy of the electric motor in a lithium ion secondary battery, which is installed under the 3.Sitzreihe without detriment to charge or passenger compartment. The power transmission for both engine variants is via a CVT transmission. The Pathfinder R52 will not be offered outside North America.