The Japanese company has dropped the CVT in favour of a regular automatic transmission for both the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder seven-seater, and the new 2022 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck
The new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Frontier are proof that wishes can indeed come true – we’ve been moaning about continuously variable transmissions collectively ever since the dreaded things made their comeback in the 2000s, and still the droning engine persists, hopelessly pulling at a gear that never comes. It’s so sad.
So it’s good news all around, because the redesigned new Pathfinder keeps its carried-over 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine, but drops the CVT in favour of a good old ZF nine-speed automatic.
The seven-seater SUV is front-wheel drive based although all-wheel drive is an option, and it’s grown in every dimension except for the wheelbase which stays the same. If you really look into the numbers, compared to the outgoing model the 2022 Pathfinder offers more space for your cargo, but less space for your rear passengers. Naturally, touchscreens and connectivity options take up a big chunk of Nissan’s marketing yarn for the crossover, but the new exterior design is the real highlight and a fair improvement on the generic predecessor.
As for the 2022 Nissan Frontier, it’s even more butch and full of angular, aggressive lines. The truck has grown in length and width but it’s not as tall as before. The powertrain is made up of a 3.8-litre V6 rated at 310 horsepower and mated to the same nine-speed automatic from ZF, otherwise there aren’t many changes underneath the Frontier – it’s still based on the same body-on-frame architecture dating way back to 2005.
Both of these new Nissans are going on sale this summer so pricing is likely to be announced soon.