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    Nissan's 2013 Pathfinder Concept Teased


    As we've seen in prior months, GM, Ford, and Chrysler all love to tease us with shadowy, vague photos of their upcoming wares. Now, Nissan is joining in on the fun by releasing a teaser of their upcoming Pathfinder concept, set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

    From what the teaser images show, the Pathfinder's sheetmetal moves from the rugged, boxy formula of the current model to a more flowing, aerodynamic design. There have been rumors that Nissan could be moving the upcoming Pathfinder to a unibody architecture (like Ford did with the Explorer), and there's no doubt the new styling along with Nissan's claims of a new platform for this new model will only serve to further fuel those claims.

    Nissan says the new Pathfinder will find it's way to dealers in fall 2012.

    Below is Nissan's relatively short press release:

    The Nissan Pathfinder Concept, which is set for its world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show beginning on January 9th, takes all of Pathfinder's traditional SUV hallmarks and wraps them in a new platform and dramatic new aerodynamic body. With thoughtful technology, comfortable seating for seven and ample cargo room, the 4-wheel drive Pathfinder Concept previews the next-gen production Pathfinder that is scheduled to go on sale next fall.

    Please also visit http://www.nissanusa.com/all-new-pathfinder/

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    It just hit me -- this will probably be the everyman's version of the Infiniti JX, which is based on a stretched Murano floorpan.

    2012-Infiniti-JX-first-look.jpg

    So, I'm expecting the new Pathfinder to be front or all-wheel drive and to seat seven at least.

    tldr; the new Pathfinder is a front-wheel drive, seven-seat version of the Murano.

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