Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, a special version of the SUV that will be sold in Europe as the X-Trail and has been on sale in the United States for more than a year, was unveiled at the 2022 New York Motor Show by the Japanese brand’s American branch.
On the opposite side of the Atlantic, the latest model of the Nissan Pathfinder has been on sale for about a year. The opportunity has come to give this current generation of the model a boost in the United States with a considerably more off-road and athletic appearance that detracts from the type’s typical grace.
The Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek has unique embellishments that give the vehicle a more strong and chunky look on almost all four sides. At the front, the grille with the iconic “V Motion” design has been restyled in a more athletic glossy black finish. Additionally, the front offers a more unique design, with horizontal grille slats replaced by a black honeycomb mesh and a chrome accent on the three thin gills on the top half.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek for the United States includes a sportier interior design.
The Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek offers more off-road capability than ever before.
Even the bumper has been replaced. The front is finished in black plastic and has new side air intakes not seen on standard models, while the bottom section keeps the extra grille with a satin chrome inlay and integrated fog lights. Additionally, the Rock Creek Pathfinder is equipped with custom 18-inch gloss black-painted alloy wheels mounted on off-road tires.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek has a distinct personality on the inside, despite being a strictly family vehicle measuring five meters in length and including three rows of seats and seven seats. This is why a specific roof rack has been installed to boost the load capacity on the roof panel, which is capable of carrying up to 100 kg. However, the interior, which is upholstered in black leather with orange fabric inserts and stitching, as well as the steering wheel rim, dashboard, and door panels, is orange. On the same orange thread, a distinctive emblem with the special edition’s name has been stitched.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, which will appear in American stores later this summer, will be offered only with four-wheel drive, an air suspension that raises the body in certain circumstances, and a 360-degree video system with off-road mode. The sole mechanical variant available will be the most powerful in the lineup, a six-cylinder petrol engine producing 295 horsepower, an increase of 11 hp due to a revised injection map.
We’re back to the Javits Center, this time for the 2022 New York Auto Show. Naturally, I had to peek at the Nissan display, since there is plenty to discuss, and this is one of them. The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition provides a unique perspective on the Pathfinder.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice and understand what Nissan is doing with their current lineup adjustments. Several redesigns, numerous upgrades, and even new models from the previous generation are now available. A Rock Creek edition was published.
Of course, there was that one thing that came with the new generation of the Pathfinder, and now that the Rock Creek edition has returned to complement the new shape, new technology, and new style, what I really want to do is showcase what this trim brings to the table, how it fits into the lineup, and how it compares to the competition.
At the New York Auto Show, Kia will undoubtedly show an updated Telluride and a rumored off-road model, so let’s see whether Nissan can continue to work its magic on this Rock Creek edition or is the Telluride the one to chase. Let us go and ascertain this immediately.
At the front, you’ll find the same excellent headlamp-led daytime running lights. I like the way everything fits together at the front, and of course, the gray finish emphasizes the lines under the show lights. Now, as we descend, you will see this vast region. I’m going to have to zonk this, um, flat black and this phony vent region. That is one area in which I wish they had taken action.
As we approach what we have, we notice that the v-motion grille has been carried over from the previous pathfinder, one of which is the three grill openings here at the top, which, while not functional aesthetically, provide that connection, and on the Rock Creek edition, you’ll notice the flat metallic silver on each of those.
We continue with the new Nissan badging in gloss black on the grille and the forward-facing camera. You’d be shocked how many automakers create these off-road versions without including a forward-facing camera, which is important if you’re going to do any off-roading.
The lowest half Now that we’ve ascended to the hood, I’m particularly fond of the way the hood’s body line meets the top of the grille. Everything is directed directly into the windshield. You don’t have the large jelly bean form that the previous generation had. This one has very strong lines, particularly with the flat roof. What are we working on now that we’ve rounded the bend?
To begin, you’ll notice the gloss black y-spoke design with the Nissan badging, and I like the machined aluminum outside edge. And then, of course, there’s the question of what to do with this 18-inch wheel. Because it is a point to bear in mind. This is an 18-inch wheel, and you may be thinking, “Joe, my next buy will be an 18-inch wheel.”
Why am I getting an 18-inch wheel yet my neighbor’s pathfinder has 20-inch wheels? The rationale for this is to provide us with these massive off-road tires. Thus, this is the case. You’ll note the sidewall’s reinforced body protection, which ensures that you won’t penetrate anything with a sharp rock or stone. The Toyo Open Country All-Terrain tires are those.
A large 60 series sidewall tread pattern is not too aggressive to the point where it will generate excessive road noise if used as a daily driver, but it will surely provide off-road road grip and protection. A little amount of flat black is applied around the fender opening, not as high as some of the Mazda automobiles seen here on radial rides, and then continues down the side.
Nissan currently provides a two-tone treatment in a range of hues, most notably the two-tone. Your gloss black roof contrasts well with the gray, even more so with the gloss black on your mirror caps. Badging is used sparingly to indicate that this is a unique item, and I like the way they’ve done the typeface with the letters and the vivid metallic orange of those little mountains. Naturally, there are some little pebbles in the rock stream edition writing on the side, and, as with the previous model, the pathfinder imprinted on the bottom sill matches the color of the door handles.
I’m overjoyed to come across this tubular roof rail system. You’ve obtained your crossbars. ” You may place your cargo basket atop. Your canoes Perhaps if one of your children is complaining excessively, you might place them up there. However, I would not do it, and Nissan does not want you to do so either, but it will support 220 pounds. Just something to consider on your next family excursion, as you make your way to the rear.
If you recall the original pathfinders, they were responsible for incorporating the triangular window shape into sheet metal. I appreciate the flared fender hard body line coming into the rear gloss black on top, and then at the tail of the business, the tail end of the business, you have your pathfinder badge prominently displayed, and I’m delighted they added the Rock Creek badging as well.
Rather than being silent here, make it known that you have a limited edition that rocks the creek. You do, in fact, have wipers. It would have been lovely to have it placed differently, but you know what, I’m going to forgive them on this one since I adore the lighting. We started with the gloss black in the center and worked our way down, and keep in mind that this pathfinder has class-leading trailer capacity.
Naturally, we have our four-wheel-drive badge because power is distributed evenly to all four wheels, but why don’t we drop the hood to reveal a surprise beneath the Rock Creek Edition Pathfinder. All right, fellas, the hood has been popped. You do have a prop rod, but you are aware of the information they provide regarding the rest of the competition. Many of them are equipped with prop rods as well.
Though I prefer the stylish engine cover, you’ll still notice the V6 insignia on the top, but there’s something new underneath, and it comes in the shape of more horsepower. Thus, the 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6 will remain. It is linked to a nine-speed automated transmission, which means the pathfinder will no longer have cbts 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque are now available.
Torque And, as previously said, this vehicle is capable of towing up to 6, 000 pounds. It’s good to have the four-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic, especially when compared to a Telluride, which will have less power and an eight-speed automatic. However, while we wait, let’s take a look inside and see what surprises await with Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition.
Pathfinder: The Rock Creek Edition has arrived! Maintain your focus, since there are some distinctions between this and your typical pathfinder. There is stiff competition for this mid-size three-row SUV. That is, you can include the Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition and, also, the Kia Telluride, which will debut with the offer edition. I’m sure you’re hoping for a price, wondering how much this one will cost.
If you do the arithmetic, it’s almost certainly going to be in the middle of their lineup, because you got the platinum, which is your top trim, and that one is closer to $50,000, whereas this one will almost certainly cost less, but let’s see what the Rock Creek edition touches are. What you’re getting for the door panels is the orange stitching at the top, good soft-touch material, and flat black.
There is no such thing as shiny black.
Then, down in the pocket, gather your chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers for some s’mores and some milk to wash it all down. As you progress from the door panel to the dash, you notice all the delicate touches, just as you did before to receive your twinkie tray, three twinkies.
We can’t turn everything on, it is on, but we can’t access all of the functionality, so one thing to keep in mind is that if you want to see more of this in-depth, I’ll leave a link to one of our other pathfinder reviews where we drive it and go into detail, but we will also be getting our hands on this one, the metallic gloss black, nothing too crazy, and you do have a chance to see it in person at the auto show.
It comes equipped with heated seats and dual climate control, which is convenient. There are no ventilated seats. We do have a USB, a usbc, a 12 volt, and a space for five snickers. Avoid becoming hungry, particularly on a family journey. This is your nine-speed automatic transmission’s electronic shifter. You’ve got your rotary mode selector knob. Two cup holders and a holder for pop tarts. You insert your pop tart or hot pocket first, followed by the orange armrest.
Embroidery pathfinder Consider how they embroidered the rock creek motif on the real armrest in this case. That is unique, but what is even more unique is this: have a look at this. You now have space for a sack, a satchel, a murse, or a purse. You could even put a five-pound bag of Idaho potatoes in here, which are the best potatoes on the planet.
Make some of the world’s best french fries, and perhaps some handmade potato chips. Send them to me if you do. My contact information is included in the community section. You may send all fan mail to that address, including those regarding the chip seats. They’re unbelievably soft, and I adore the needlework. This is entirely made of leatherette material, not genuine leather.
You don’t have to worry about cows because you have the rock creek embroidery, nice grippy cloth, and you don’t have electric seats for the passenger, whereas I have electric seats as a driver, plenty of headroom, no sunroof, because you have that cargo carrier up top, but why don’t you come over here to the business and I want to show you behind the wheel of the rock creek edition pathfinder.
Telluride is one competitor, but so is the outback wilderness edition, so it’ll be interesting to see how this compares. But sitting here, there’s plenty of room. You’ve got your electric seat assist, you’ve got your nice stitching, and the soft-material steering wheel is still looking good in flat black. They didn’t run out of orange stitching. Some of these brands will do a little bit of stitching. Nissan does it all the way through the steering wheel.
I can’t start it for you because we’re at the auto show, but I will show you more of the dash. You have two analog gauges and then that big black hole that’s a seven-inch digital display. I’ll leave a link to the full Pathfinder review when we do the redesign drive. We’ll leave it at the end of this one paddle to go up and down the nine-speed automatic.
Remember, this isn’t just about stitching; it’s also about more power, and the four-wheel-drive system has been tuned for more off-road duty. The backs of the seats have that leatherette material, with a nice large pocket where you could easily bring a couple of flashlights, maybe a toothbrush or two, and some nice Colgate to keep your teeth clean.
And, while we’re on the subject of space, suppose you have some neighborhood kids who are friends of your son or daughter, and they bug the hell out of you because they want to go on your camping trip with you and your kids. Well, guess what my advice is? But if you bring them back here, you do get enough room for three across, and it’s not too shabby in size.
Yeah, your knees, if you’re a grown adult, are going to be a little high, but for those pesky neighbors, put them back there. Plenty of room. They’ve got their own little storage cubbies. They’ve got everything that they need, including some windows to look out of so that they don’t feel like they’re in a dungeon. But you know what, there’s the cargo space that’s important in a mid-size SUV.
All right guys, time to get in that cargo area. You hit the button. You’re going to have to use some muscles. There is no electric assist for the rear hatch. There is your space with that third row up. One thing I really like about the Pathfinder we showed you earlier, especially since it’s an off-road addition, is that it has a huge storage area for all of your odds and ends.
One odd thing is that if you have the headrest up, you have to go one, two, three, but the rest is easy peasy. Look how quickly I got that done. Now I’m ready to go camping. Now I’m ready to grill.
Some twinkies Maybe I’ll get a hot dog or two, or maybe I’ll just think, “Uh, stick with the twinkies.” The mid-row will fold down, maximizing your space, and the best news is that if you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s, you can get a full sheet of plywood and just slide it on in, no tilting required.
Any which way, it’ll go in very nicely and you’ll still have plenty of space for all of the things you need for that perfect family getaway at your local campground area, but you know what, it’s definitely nice to see some changes to the Pathfinder overall and now with the Rock Creek edition.