As promised, Nissan unveiled a hybrid version of its new Pathfinder at the 2013 New York Motor Show. The semi-green SUV is pretty much identical in terms of looks to the standard model apart from the exclusive tail lights and some hybrid badges.
What sets is apart from the normal models is a hybrid powertrain consisting of a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol unit and an electric motor. The motor gets it go-juice from a lithium-ion battery pack and sends it to all four wheels via CVT transmission.
Total output of this system is 250 bhp (186 kW) and 243 lb-ft (329 Nm) of torque, and its average fuel economy is 26 mpg. It may not sound that great, but it is about 30 percent more economical than the Pathfinder 3.5 V6, so it makes sense.
Sales of the hybrid model will begin in summer. Expect a $3K premium over the V6 model.