Nissan will market family adventure this summer with an outdoorsy variant of its redesigned Pathfinder midsize crossover.
The four-wheel-drive 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek trim adds a touch more power to support a drive off the beaten path. The Rock Creek carries a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 295 hp — an additional 11 hp over the standard model.
The trim features off-road suspension, 18-inch beadlock-style wheels mounted with all-terrain tires, a tubular roof rack and a dark V-motion grille.
The interior includes orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and instrument panel.
“Pathfinder Rock Creek has both the style and hardware to create an adventure just about anywhere,” Nissan U.S. marketing and sales boss Michael Colleran said in a statement.
Nissan hopes to communicate the Pathfinder’s ruggedness and capability to younger, adventure-seeking customers, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions, told Automotive News.
“Kitting up the Rock Creek trim with options and accessories for exploring the back roads, the Pathfinder should find buyers who need something more civilized than the hard-core competition,” Fiorani said, “and yet allow them to head out into the mountains when the desire hits.”