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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Nissan Pathfinder Concept

What is it? The latest classic SUV nameplate to change from a truck-based platform to a modern crossover configuration, the Pathfinder concept points to a three-row vehicle that may have broader appeal.  In reinventing the Pathfinder, Nissan is bringing a fresh, sculpted exterior design that improves aerodynamics.

The powertrain will be a V6 engine with a continuously variable transmission. Specifics were not disclosed, but Nissan does claim it will have competitive towing capability and boast a 25-percent fuel economy improvement over the outgoing model.

Interior details were withheld, but the new Pathfinder will seat seven.

What is new or notable? The Pathfinder is one of 20 new or redesigned vehicles that Nissan plans to introduce in the next two years.

When will it be available? Fall 2012

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