Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which is on sale now at U.S. Nissan dealers nationwide. The new Pathfinder Hybrid joins the Pathfinder 3.5-liter model in the expanded 2014 lineup, bringing the available model configurations to 14 – allowing buyers to select the perfect combination of powerplant, 4-wheel or 2-wheel drive, features and equipment to fit their family needs and budget.
The Pathfinder Hybrid starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) of $35,110 USD for the SV 2WD Hybrid model, versus a starting price of $32,110 USD for a comparably equipped SV 2WD 3.5-liter V6 model.
At the heart of the new 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor paired to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The Li-ion battery fits under the 3rd row seat so there is no compromise of passenger seating capacity, 2nd or 3rd row legroom or cargo space.
The hybrid system uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance equivalent to the Pathfinder 3.5-liter gasoline V6 model. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – versus the 3.5-liter V6 ratings of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy for the new Pathfinder Hybrid is rated at 26 mpg combined, an increase of 24 percent over the standard Pathfinder. City fuel economy is 25 mpg, while highway mileage is rated at 28 mpg (27 mpg 4WD). With the Pathfinder Hybrid’s large 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the same as 3.5-liter V6-equipped models, driving range is estimated at more than 546 miles.
The new Pathfinder Hybrid also uses an advanced, next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and features regenerative braking to automatically recharge the battery during braking by converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy otherwise lost in braking. Like the conventional models, it is also the only vehicle in class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes from the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. Standard towing rating for the adventure-ready Pathfinder Hybrid is 3,500 pounds (when properly equipped).
Visually the Pathfinder Hybrid is marked by exclusive, efficient LED taillights and Nissan PUREDRIVE Hybrid badges. In addition, special hybrid system information screens are added to the instrument panel’s Advanced Drive-Assist Display. The customizable, easy-to-read 4.2-inch color monitor can show power output readings from the electric motor and gas engine, along with how much power is being regenerated back into the battery.
In addition to the new Pathfinder Hybrid, Pathfinder is available in four 3.5-liter V6 models: S, SV, SL and Platinum, each offered in 4WD and 2WD.