Nissan recently released details of new Qashqai, X-Trail, and Pathfinder.

Buyers have been able to order in advance of the local launch with 5300 people putting down the readies without even having seen them. All have been delayed by the same supply chain issues currently dogging almost every aspect of our daily lives.

Reviews for X-Trail drop on the 1st of December, with Pathfinder coming a week later, so watch for the videos.

Meanwhile, since we can’t talk about the drive impressions under pain of death, let’s chat about the design, pricing, specification, and the rather snazzy interior.

Where does it come from?

Our X-trail comes from the UK, but Pathfinder is as American as apple pie, so much so that it is sold in very few markets, with even fewer of them right hand drive. The big SUV isn’t even available in the land of the rising sun.

Pathfinder facts

The American-ness of Pathfinder is both a selling point, and a drawback, depending on your point of view. There is a single engine/transmission option with 4 trim levels: ST, ST-L, Ti and Ti-L. 4×4 is available from ST-L up, but for some mysterious reason known only to fast-talking men with pocket-protectors and crooked glasses, 4X4 is optional on the Ti. Go figure.

The engine is a peach, tried and tested. Some say it is a little long in the tooth, but as Nissan heads into the brave new world of electrification, why bother inventing a new ICE for a single generation of car, right? It has 202kw and 340Nm, so although that won’t set any new land speed records, it is more than sufficient. If there is a downside: even with the fabulous new 9-speed automatic, it drinks a little more juice than the old model.

Pathfinder has been out of the market for a while. The run-out was a big hit for those who couldn’t wait for the new model, and delays saw a blowout in local launch dates. Car nerds will know that Pathfinder has been out in the USA for a couple of years so it is a long time coming.

Nissan pointed out some references in design which harkened back to earlier models, but frankly, you have to be drunk to see them. So, forget all about that and concentrate on the fabulous monumentality of an SUV designed and built in the good ol’ U.S of A.

Like Patrol (Armada in the US), Pathfinder looks solid in the same way a block of flats does. Some don’t like those looks, but I adore, adore, adore. It looks exceptionally smart in the red/black combo that makes the roof look as if it delicately floats above the substantial body.

You will either like it or not, so judge for yourself from the pics. If you squint just right, there is just a smidge of Land Rover, especially from the back.