Sorry I should have been clearer, as that is what I meant, the current Pathfinder on independant rear suspension is the phased out truck- has not been built or supplied for a couple of years now. I think the actual media report is misleading as it looks to say the all new Pathfinder SUV will have the same rear suspension as the NP300, which is an old solid/live axle on coil springs. If it actually is the case, then the new truck is basically an Xterra as sold in the US.
Just hoping my version Pathy won't be the last of the ladder chassis version.
Sorry buddy I think I got confused.
In the Aus market, which is what the story refers to, the R51 Pathfinder (with a live, but coil-sprung, rear axle) was phased out three years ago.
The R52 has been available since 2014 and is a monocoque, all-independent SUV only sold here in 2WD, but is available in AWD elsewhere. Maybe it was here briefly, I can't remember. I
The wagon described here is to basically replace the R51, where it would probably be sold alongside the existing R52, and possibly using the Terrano nameplate which hasn't sold here in some years.
In our market the Pathfinder is now pitched as a "family SUV" against the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger/Highlander and the like.
If you want a Nissan off-road wagon you must stretch for the Y62 Patrol, which is (a) expensive (Discovery expensive) and (b) petrol only, which shouldn't matter but does. This competes against Toyota's Landcruiser 200 and not much else. Maybe the Land Rover Discovery or VW Touareg but buyers of these latter two aren't really 4WDers.
Meanwhile the market is going nuts for low-cost, but off-road capable, utility-based wagons. These are invariably independent front, live coil rear vehicles around $40k based on the parent company's utility competitor. So we have the Mitsubishi Challenger/Pajero Sport, Isuzu MU-X, GM Trailblazer, Ford Everest (and soon Bronco), Toyota Fortuner, and now potentially the Pathfinder/Terrano.
The only ute manufacturers without a wagon are Nissan (for now), Mazda and VW.