New Nissan Navara-Based SUV Spied: Could This Be The Next Non-US Pathfinder?

We have spotted Nissan testing what looks like the SUV version of the latest NP300 Navara pickup truck.

Unlike the last time we spied on one of Nissan’s prototypes, this one looks like it’s wearing the final production body, albeit one that remains under wraps.

Nissan’s upcoming SUV will get a front end that looks near identical to that of the NP300 Navara with the rest of the body looking much less square than its predecessor, the body-on-frame R51-gen Pathfinder.

It only makes sense for Nissan to produce a SUV based out of the Navara; they did it the last time with the previous R51-gen Pathfinder model and with the latest NP300 already having a five-link rear suspension, a proper passenger version is the next, logical step.

Nissan currently offers the NP300 Navara pickup truck in Europe, Asia and other selected markets but not in the US, which probably means that Americans won’t get a chance at this new SUV either.

Under the bonnet will be the same engine choices with the NP300 Navara model, meaning a 2.3-litre dCi diesel unit in single-turbo 158hp and twin-turbo 188hp versions, offered with a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox.

We still don’t know how Nissan will name the Navara SUV which is expected to be offered in both five- and seven-seat configurations when it will hit the market in 2017. Don’t be surprised though if Nissan calls their new model a Pathfinder, as they have switched before from unibody to body-on-frame platforms and maybe the time has come for them to do it again.

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  • Matt

    I doubt it will be called Pathfinder, as the current car-based Pathfinder is also sold in markets other than the US where this new model will also be sold – perhaps they could bring back the Terrano name?

    • Michael Karkafiris

      That’s also a strong possibility too…

    • Anonymous

      The Terrano is available already and is sold in the Asian markets, it’s based on the Dacia duster.
      However, some markets such as the Middle East, still sells the r51 pathfinder under the name “pathfinder classic” and it’s still in production.
      My assumption is that they may resurrect the xterra name.

  • HUBEMX

    I doubt it’s a Pathfinder. Traditionally the suv of the Nissan small pickup it’s called X-Terra.

    • Matt

      The X-Terra name is only used in the US, and this model probably won’t be sold stateside.

      • MarkoS

        Doesn’t mean that can not change.

        • Matt

          The Terrano name has a strong history and recognition in the Asia/Pacific region as well as Europe, X-Terra does not. It’s not impossible, but it’s unlikely to be used in those markets.

  • Anonymouse

    99 percent this will be built in Thailand same with the current Navara. See you next year!

  • MarkoS

    Bring this to the USA as a Xterra replacement.

  • Big Bang

    Hey,

    Any news for one of the biggest nissan suv after Armada?. I
    see these photos come from Spain, may be near Sierra Nevada (Granada).
    Police and Army forces may be interested in this vehicle after using
    Patrol GR.

  • Big Bang

    Hello guys again!

    One year ago We read this post but now we have not any hot news about this big suv. May be Frankfurt motorshow will be not its time but when do you think we could see it at last?

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