For the last 22 years, Nissan’s Pathfinder has stood out as an innovative, rugged SUV capable of handling adventures both on and off-road. For 2008, that capability reaches a new level with an available 5.6-liter V8 rated at 300-plus horsepower and 380-plus lb-ft of torque – the first time a V8 has ever been offered in Pathfinder. The new V8 engine is offered in addition to a 4.0-liter V6 engine. Both engines are available with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, giving buyers a wide range of engine/driveline configurations to meet their specific performance needs and desires. The 2008 Pathfinder goes on sale in spring 2007.
Pathfinder also receives myriad other updates and improvements for the 2008 model year, including new front and rear styling, new wheel designs (excluding S-V6 trim), available 18-inch wheels and two new exterior colors – White Frost and Mocha. Inside, Pathfinder adds new features including a heated steering wheel (LE models only), a redesigned center console area, reclining 2nd row seat center section, new illuminated switchgear (all models except S-V6), new trim packages, Intelligent Key with twist start (LE models only), Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (LE models only) and revised Nissan Navigation System with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive (available on LE models only).
Pathfinder continues to offer standard three-row seating, exceptional storage capacity and is again built on a fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Armada.
"The V8 Pathfinder adds a new dimension to the nameplate that established Nissan’s SUV leadership nearly 22 years ago," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "Pathfinder, with its own distinctive style, available technology features, flexible interior design and now two available powerplants re-establishes its place atop its segment."
A Powerful And Rugged Adventure Partner
Following the introduction of a new, advanced 4.0-liter V6 for the 2005 model year, Pathfinder is now available with a powerful 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, producing 300-plus horsepower and 380-plus lb-ft of torque and giving Pathfinder a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, versus V6-equipped Pathfinders’ 6,000-pound rating. The V8 engine package is offered in two new Pathfinder models, SE-V8 and LE-V8, both available in 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations.
Pathfinder’s Endurance V8, assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., is shared with the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Nissan Armada SUV. The engine's advanced design includes features such as an aluminum engine block with cast iron cylinder liners, chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with silent single-stage timing chain for quiet operation and durability, and electronic drive-by-wire throttle for precise control. For greater efficiency, graphite-coated pistons, microfinished forged steel crankshaft and microfinished camshaft help reduce friction.
Standard on Pathfinder S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road and LE-V6 models is an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6, rated at 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft torque. This specially tuned engine, created for SUV and truck applications, is part of Nissan's award-winning VQ engine series found in the 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest.
The 4.0-liter version features a longer stroke than the 3.5-liter version (92.0 mm versus 81.4 mm), and includes Electronic Throttle Control with secondary mapping in 4LO (4x4 models), Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum-coated pistons and lightweight aluminum block.
Backing both engines is a standard electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission. The transmission, which is specially tuned for each engine application, features a wide gear ratio spread for maximum acceleration performance and a Direct Control System to provide smooth shift quality.
Pathfinder is offered with several advanced 4x4 systems. Pathfinder V8 4x4 models feature a special full-time XN All-Mode 4-wheel drive system that can instantly distribute torque to all four wheels whenever road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels on demand), resulting in optimal traction with improved fuel economy and enhanced cornering capability.
Pathfinder V6 4x4 models are available with a part-time 4-wheel drive system (S, SE, SE Off-Road) or an All-Mode 4-wheel drive system that includes 2WD/AUTO/4H/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case (LE). Enhanced 4-wheel drive capability is offered on the SE-V6 Off Road model. Special features include an advanced 4-Wheel Limited-Slip system (ABLS), which helps limit wheel slip when starting on low traction surfaces; Hill Descent Control, which, when engaged by the driver via a switch, allows for going downhill in both forward and reverse at speeds up to 31 mph (4HI) or 15 mph (4LO) without the constant application of the brake pedal; and always-active (2WD or 4WD) Hill Start Assist allows the driver to stop on a slope, release the brake pedal and not roll back for up to two seconds, perfect for rugged, low-speed off-road driving situations.
Standard on all Pathfinder models is a responsive engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with G-sensor and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
A Solid Foundation For Go-Anywhere Activities
The 2008 Pathfinder utilizes Nissan’s "F-Alpha" platform, with a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame providing a solid mounting point for the stylish body and the four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension, as well as a standard integrated tow hitch.
Pathfinder’s long-travel front suspension is an all-steel double-wishbone design with coil-over shocks and large stabilizer bar. For smooth ride quality and optimized handling, the rear suspension is an independent double-wishbone design with the coils located on the toe control link (offset spring and shock) with stabilizer bar. SE-V6 Off Road models offer special Bilstein® branded performance shocks.
Standard underbody component protection puts a plate under the radiator, with SE-V6 Off Road models offering extra off-road peace of mind by providing additional skid plates for the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case. Wheel packages vary by Pathfinder model. S-V6 models offer standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/75R16 tires, while 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are offered on SE-V6 with 265/65R17 tires, and special machine-finished 16-inch off-road style aluminum-alloy wheels with rugged 265/75R16 tires are standard on SE-V6 Off Road models. LE-V6 models offer 17-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/65R17 tires, and SE-V8 and LE-V8 models feature special 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/60R18 tires. All Pathfinders provide a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and full-size spare tire.
Powerful Exterior Styling
With new front and rear styling, Pathfinder looks even more the part of a go-anywhere rugged and sophisticated SUV. Large headlamps, angled strut-style grille and a sweeping hood hint at the power underneath.
Pathfinder’s broad shoulder line, large integrated fender flares covering purposeful wheel and tire combinations and distinctive C-pillar with high-mounted rear door handles give the 2008 Pathfinder its own unique look, while proudly resembling the larger Armada SUV.
A long wheelbase of 112.2 inches allows for a roomy three-row cabin while providing ride comfort and stability. Pathfinder’s manageable 192.5-inch overall length and short front and rear overhangs enable drivers to feel comfortable driving or parking the capable SUV on almost any terrain.
Additional exterior highlights include standard roof rails with integrated front and rear grips, rear tailgate design with flip-up rear glass hatch opening and rear privacy glass. Pathfinder also offers side running boards on SE and LE trims, fog lamps (standard on all trim levels except S-V6), heated outside mirrors and power slide and tilt sunroof.
Two new colors – Mocha and White Frost –add to Pathfinder’s 2008 palette of exterior colors. White Frost is a special, premium three-stage pearl paint with added luster. Pathfinder LE models also feature new body-color side moldings with chrome inserts.
An Interior Design To Enhance Active Family Lifestyles
The 2008 Pathfinder includes a number of interior enhancements, including a restyled interior with a new instrument panel center stack design, a revised front center console (all models except S-V6), new upper door trim (all models except S-V6), new automatic transmission shifter with special grip (all models except S-V6), new heated steering wheel (LE models) and illuminated switchgear (all models except S-V6). Other enhancements include a new standard color 7.0-inch Multi-Function Information Display with RearView Monitor (all models except S-V6), a new reclining function for the center portion of the 2nd row seat (all models except S-V6). Additionally, a new interior leather color, Russet, has been added.
"Pathfinder buyers are flexible in their needs – one day driving the family to an in-town adventure, the next day going camping with the family dogs," said Bosley. "The 2008 Pathfinder is a perfect tool for all of those tasks, with 7-passenger seating and up to 64 different seating/cargo configurations."
Standard seating includes flat-folding 3rd row seat, 40/20/40 split separate-folding 2nd row seats with easy one-touch release lever for 3rd row access and a fold-down front passenger seat (except S-V6 and LE). An Easy-Clean rear cargo area (SE and SE-OR trim only) with 12 utility hooks provides flexibility for hauling adventure gear or luggage for an extended road trip. Storage areas are plentiful, including eight cup holders and an overhead console with sunglass storage. Utility is also enhanced with four 12-volt outlets (two on instrument panel center stack, one for 2nd row and one cargo area), front seatback pockets, plentiful passenger assist grips and available rear reading lamps (standard on all but S-V6), outside temperature gauge (standard on SE-OR and LE) and cargo net (standard on all but S-V6).
Additional standard equipment includes power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse, power door locks, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, trip computer and climate control system. The Nissan Navigation System, available on LE models, has been enhanced for 2008 with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, Intelligent Key with twist start and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.
Other available features include a first aid kit, dual-zone automatic temperature control (standard on all but S-V6), rear air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals (standard on all but S-V6), leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seats, power sunroof, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, Bose® audio system, power-adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seats with driver memory package, leather-appointed steering wheel (standard on all but S-V6), wood grain trim and DVD entertainment system.
The 2008 Pathfinder includes a long list of standard safety features and equipment, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones; energy absorbing steering column; front seat Active Head Restraints and 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.
Also standard is the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, featuring dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor; 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including the 2nd row center position; adjustable 2nd and 3rd row head restraints; LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system; Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Available on 2008 Pathfinder are 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.
Six Well-Equipped Models
The 2008 Pathfinder is offered in a choice of six models: S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V8, SE-V6 Off Road (4x4 only), LE-V6 and LE-V8. Pathfinder S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road and LE-V6 come with a standard 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 and automatic transmission and in a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 (SE-V6 Off Road available in 4x4 only). Pathfinder SE-V8 and LE-V8 feature a 300-plus horsepower 5.6-liter V8 with standard 5-speed automatic transmission and 4x2 or 4x4 drivelines.
Every model comes complete with standard three-row seating, electronically controlled automatic transmission, full-size spare tire and remote keyless entry.
Pathfinder SE-V6 models feature new 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires, 7.0-inch multi-information display with RearView Monitor system, 8-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable foot pedals, unique seat fabric, AM/FM/6CD audio system with MP3 capability, new illuminated steering wheel audio controls, auto day/night rearview mirror, first aid kit, rear cargo net, automatic temperature control with rear air conditioning, Easy Clean Cargo Area, roof crossbars, 2nd row fold-down center armrest, digital compass, leather steering wheel and shift knob, front fog lamps, rear reading lamps and side running boards.
The SE-V6 Off Road model adds off-road style 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, painted front springs, Bilstein performance shocks, unique blue seat fabric, special badging, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, and skid plates on the oil pan, fuel tank, and 4WD transfer case.
SE-V8 models add the 5.6-liter V8 engine, special machined 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and XN All-Mode 4x4 system (4WD only).
Pathfinder LE models add enhanced levels of style and luxury. The LE-V6 includes 17-inch wheels, body side molding with chrome inserts, leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seats and door inserts, new heated steering wheel, Bose audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer, 4-way power front passenger seat, wood grain trim, driver memory package (seat, mirrors and pedals) with programmable remote keyfobs, power sunroof, heated outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows.
LE-V8 models add the 5.6-liter V8, special 18-inch wheel and tire package, XN All-Mode 4x4 system (4WD) and special badging.
A number of option packages are offered in 2008, including the SE Premium Package, with power sunroof and 10-speaker Bose audio system; and SE Leather Package, with leather appointed interior and heated front seats.
Also available is a DVD Mobile Entertainment System, with a 7.0-inch color monitor and rear seat wireless headphones (all models except S-V6); Navigation Package with Music Box hard drive, Intelligent Key with twist start and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (LE); Air Bag Package (S-V6, SE-V6, SE-V6 Off Road, SE-V8, standard on LE); and XM? Satellite Radio.
The 2008 Pathfinder is assembled at Nissan's award-winning Smyrna, Tennessee manufacturing facility, with engines supplied by Nissan’s nearby Decherd, Tennessee engine facility.
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* All horsepower ratings are per SAE J1349 JUN1995