After a quick hiatus, an outdoorsy Rock Creek trim bundle returns to the Nissan Pathfinder lineup for the 2023 mannequin yr, and it’s slated to make its public debut on the 2022 New York Worldwide Auto Present this week.
Nissan’s three-row midsize SUV was redesigned for 2022, after taking the 2021 mannequin yr off. Edgier exterior styling, a extra modern cabin, a number of recent expertise options, and a 9-speed computerized transmission instead of a constantly variable transmission (CVT) have been key parts of the redesign. The Rock Creek Version bundle debuted for the 2019 mannequin yr and continued for 2020. For its 2023 revival, Nissan has lopped off “Version” from the title and stepped up the content material stage. Along with the particular inside/exterior trim and normal tow-hitch receiver and harness of the earlier model, the 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek boasts an off-road-tuned suspension with a 5/8-inch raise, 18-inch beadlock-style wheels on all-terrain tires, and a tubular roof rack with a load capability of as much as 220 kilos.
Additionally normal is Nissan’s 360-degree Clever Round-View Monitor with Off-Highway Mode. The distinctive trim touches embrace Rock Creek badging, a dark-finish grille with a mesh insert, orange distinction stitching across the inside, and unique leatherette/material seat upholstery with Rock Creek Embroidery. The Pathfinder Rock Creek’s 3.5-liter V6 will get revised gas mapping; Nissan says it makes 295 horsepower when working on premium gas, and 284 hp when working on common.
Like the remainder of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder lineup, the Rock Creek is slated to reach in dealerships late this summer season.
This one was just about inevitable, particularly contemplating the more-rugged picture Nissan aimed for with the Pathfinder’s latest redesign. The journey-themed “overlander” look is all the trend in SUVs today—even crossover SUVs that aren’t actually designed for severe rock crawling. The Pathfinder Rock Creek’s options ought to present a smidge extra rough-terrain functionality and be simply the ticket for a weekend tenting journey—or for merely making mother and pa look just a little cooler within the college drop-off line.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek
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