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At a Glance: 2008 Nissan Pathfinder

The popular Nissan Pathfinder expands its lineup for the 2008 model year with the addition of a new 300-plus horsepower 5.6-liter V8, the first V8 offered in its 22-year history in the United States market. This more powerful option offers a significant increase in torque, rated at 380-plus lb-ft to achieve 7,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity. Also available is Pathfinder’s proven 266-horsepower 4.0-liter version of the award-winning Nissan VQ-series V6 engine. All Pathfinders continue to be built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SUV.

Other changes for 2008 include new exterior styling and a greatly refined interior, as well as newly available technology such as a revised Nissan Navigation System with 9.3 gigabyte Music Box hard drive (available on LE only).

The 2008 Pathfinder’s exterior features new front and rear styling, new 17-inch wheel designs for SE-V6 and LE-V6, with new 18-inch wheel designs for SE-V8 and LE-V8 models, new body side moldings with chrome insert (LE models) and new exterior colors – Mocha and White Frost, a premium three-stage pearl paint color.

Pathfinder again offers first-class amenities with standard three-row seating. Inside, the refinements continue with a 7.0-inch color display and RearView Monitor (all models except S-V6), new center stack design, 2nd row reclining seat (center portion), revised cupholder design, new illuminated switchgear (all models except S), new fabrics and materials, heated steering wheel (LE models), Intelligent Key with twist start, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (available on LE models only) and new Russet interior color (leather-appointed only).

The 2008 Pathfinder goes on sale in spring 2007.

Highlights of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder include:

  • New front and rear styling, including new hood, grille, front and rear bumpers, rear liftgate

  • New 17-inch wheel designs (SE-V6, LE-V6) and 18-inch wheel designs (SE-V8, LE-V8)

  • New body side molding with chrome insert (LE models)

  • Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs

  • Aggressive geometric fenders, angled strut-style grille

  • C-pillars with Nissan SUV signature high-mounted rear door handles

  • Highly functional roof rack with integrated front and rear grips

  • Available side running boards (standard on all trims except S and SE-OR)

  • New exterior colors – Mocha and White Frost

  • Engine and Driveline
  • New available 5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 300-plus horsepower and 380-plus lb-ft of torque (SE-V8, LE-V8); aluminum block with cast iron      cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-     stage timing chain

  • 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque (S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road, LE-V6); aluminum block with cast iron      cylinder liners, microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS),      Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain

  • Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission

  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

  • Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist – standard on SE Off-Road model

  • Available XN All-Mode 4-wheel drive system (V8 models)

  • Available All-Mode automatic 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/AUTO/4HI/4LO modes, electronically controlled transfer case (LE)

  • Standard tow hitch

  • Up to 7,000 pound towing capacity with V8 models, up to 6,000 pounds with V6 models

  • Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • New 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/65R17 tires (SE-V6, LE-V6)

  • New 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/60R18 tires (SE-V8, LE-V8)

  • 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/75R16 (S), or P265/75R16 tires (SE Off-Road)

  • Independent all-steel double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar

  • Independent double-wishbone rear suspension with stabilizer bar

  • Available Bilstein® performance off-road shocks (SE Off-Road)

  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)

  • High-strength F-Alpha platform - fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame

  • Interior Features
  • New 7-inch color Multi-information display with RearView Monitor (all models except S)

  • New instrument panel center stack design and console styling

  • New illuminated switchgear (all models except S)

  • New heated steering wheel (standard on LE models)

  • New gated shifter design with grip shifter (all models except S)

  • Standard 2nd and 3rd row flat-folding seats with 7-passenger seating

  • Available Nissan Navigation System with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive (available on LE only)

  • New Intelligent Key with twist start (available on LE models only)

  • New Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (available on LE models only)

  • Available 10-speaker Bose® audio system with 6CD autochanger (1CD with Navigation Package), mp3 capability and XM® Satellite Radio

  • Fold-down front passenger seat (all models except S and LE), 40/20/40 split 2nd row seat with center reclining portion, 50/50 split 3rd row      seat

  • Available leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row and 1st row power memory seats on SE-V6, SE-V8 models (standard LE models)

  • Unique blue seat fabric available (in addition to Graphite seat fabric) on SE-V6 Off-Road

  • Power-adjustable foot pedals (all models except S-V6)

  • Standard power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning (all models except S)

  • Available DVD video entertainment system

  • Wood-toned interior (LE models only)

  • New interior color – Russet (leather only) Safety and Security

  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification      sensor)

  • 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, with available supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and      available roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows

  • 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants, including 2nd row center position

  • Front seat Active Head Restraints

  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system

  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations in six models: S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road (4x4 only), SE-V8, LE-V6 and LE-V8

  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

    Information via: Nissan USA
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