Nissan will be displaying many new and recently revised 4x4s at the 2004 Paris Motor Show next month.

Due to go on sale in March 2005, the Pathfinder sports utility vehicle is a new addition to Nissan’s growing four-wheel drive line up inspired by the Dunehawk concept car which was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003.

The interior provides three rows of seats, with the second and third rows folding flat to create a huge load area. Thanks to the versatility of the interior, a total of 64 different seating configurations is possible. For added convenience, the rear glass hatch opens for easy access to the rear luggage area in tight spaces.

Power comes from Nissan’s new 2.5-litre ‘YD’ series four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It features second-generation common rail technology for lower emissions and a new balancer system for greater refinement.

Although a 4×4, the Pathfinder is equipped with independent double-wishbone suspension all-round which gives a car-like on-road dynamic performance. However, its advanced electronically controlled ALL MODE 4×4 transmission – an enhanced version of that which is fitted to the X-TRAIL – endows it with a high level of capability off-road.  The ALL-MODE transmission allows drivers to choose effortlessly between four different settings with the twist of a selector switch.

Nissan will offer a rear-view parking camera – as pioneered on Primera – and the Intelligent Key system which allows the doors to be unlocked and the engine started without having to insert the key into a lock.  Additionally xenon headlamps, a premium audio system, satellite navigation with Traffic Message Channel (TMC) and voice recognition, leather upholstery, dual zone climate control in the front and air conditioning in the rear are all available.

The European version of the Murano will be on display in Paris – its European debut. An cross-over with the “elevation of a 4×4 but the lines of a sports car”, the Murano will provide comfort and performance for the discerning car-buyer.

Powered by an adapted version of the 3.5-litre VQ V6 engine found in the 350Z Coupe and Roadster, the Murano has proved to be a hit in North America where it has been on sale for more than a year.  More than 1,600 changes have been made to the US specification Murano to ensure it is ideally suited to the demanding European market.

Coupled to the engine is a Continuously Variable Transmission which features a six speed manual mode. Power is transmitted to the road via Nissan’s electronically controlled ALL MODE switchable 4×4 system.

There will be just one version of Murano on sale in Europe. All Muranos will feature satellite navigation with Traffic Message Channel (TMC) providing real-time traffic updates, a colour rear-view parking camera, a high-end Bose sound system, bi-xenon headlamps and leather interior.

The Murano will go on sale early in 2005 across Europe, while prices and specifications will be announced at the Paris Motor Show, when the order book will open.

The ageing Patrol has just benefited from a wide range of improvements, including an extensive list of exterior modifications as well as an upgraded interior.  There’s a bold new ‘face’, a new-look rear end and a new integrated side step, while revisions to the 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine give more power and more torque. Additionally, the ‘GR’ moniker will be dropped from the name.

Nissan has entered into a partnership with Hobie Cat, the leading manufacturer of catamaran sailing boats and in recognition a new Special Version of the Pickup model has been developed.

Reflecting the busy and active leisure-orientated lifestyles of sailors everywhere, the Pickup Hobie Cat has some special features which will enable it to support its owners in all of their activities, no matter how challenging.  Apparently.