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The devil's in the details--and Nissan had few of those details to divulge when it came to the Nissan Pathfinder concept it showed at the 2012 Detroit auto show.
While it wasn't talking hardcore horsepower figures or exact fuel economy numbers, Nissan did introduce the Pathfinder with a few talking points in hand. For one, the new crossover is just that--a car-like family vehicle, not a hardcore SUV like the first Pathfinder was, back in 1986. It's also now related to a bunch of other Nissan cars that use the company's FF-L platform--vehicles like the Altima and Maxima sedans and the Murano crossover, not to mention the upcoming Infiniti JX crossover.
However, unlike the JX, the Pathfinder is said to come with "four-wheel drive," rather than all-wheel drive. We'll have to wait for future auto shows for Nissan to define exactly what that means--and to get the numbers behind the promise of gas mileage improved by 25 percent.
The V-6-powered, CVT-equipped Pathfinder arrives in dealers later this year--you can get more from our video here, or get a little more from our Pathfinder preview here at TheCarConnection.