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2022 Nissan Pathfinder takes on a rugged look, 9-speed auto

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Nissan is in the process of updating or redesigning almost every vehicle in its lineup. The latest to arrive are redesigned versions of the Frontier and Pathfinder, which Nissan unveiled on Thursday. Both go on sale this summer as 2022 models.

The 2022 Pathfinder follows a familiar path but has ditched the current model’s soft looks for a more rugged design you normally find on body-on-frame SUVs. The Pathfinder sticks to car-like unibody construction, however.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The other big news is the replacement of the current model’s lackluster continuously variable transmission in favor of a 9-speed automatic in the 2022 model. Mated to a standard 3.5-liter V-6 with 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, the transmission is said to deliver smooth performance and the ability to tow up to 6,000 pounds (when the vehicle is equipped with a tow hitch and harness). Trailer Sway Control is fitted as standard.

Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2022 Pathfinder and all-wheel drive is available. Vehicles fitted with all-wheel drive also come with a drive mode selector with seven modes to suit various driving characteristics and road surfaces.

A suite of electronic driver aids is also standard across the range. It comes with all the usual features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot and rear cross traffic warning, and a driver alertness monitor.

Higher grades include Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist feature which can control the vehicle in a single lane, in both traffic jams and highway driving. It’s essentially a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, and it still requires the driver’s full attention at all times. Some Pathfinder grades also combine ProPILOT Assist with navigation data, enabling the vehicle to automatically slow when approaching junctions, highway exits, or curved highway stretches.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The cabin of the 2022 Pathfinder can seat eight and features the option of captain’s chairs for the second row, though this reduces the seat count to seven. The dash design is kept simple and is characterized by a horizontal theme. It is also loaded with premium features including an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and even a head-up display, which can be handy for turn-by-turn directions.

For the infotainment, there’s an available 9.0-inch touchscreen display at the top of the center stack. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Available features include a WiFi hot spot, a wireless charging pad for mobile devices, and a Bose audio system with 13 speakers. A surround-view camera is also available.

For more on the Nissan Pathfinder, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

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How to protect everything with paint protection film

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If you want to keep your car’s paint looking new, paint protection film is a great option. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but this video from Ammo NYC founder and car-detailing evangelist Larry Kosilla shows just how versatile this material can be.

It turns out you can use paint protection film on more than just cars. Kosilla starts out with the cabinet tops in his garage, which are prone to damage from regular use. This first step is to dust and measure the surface. Kosilla uses Xpel, which makes pre-cut kits for everything from cars to iPhones, but also sells material by the foot and in non-standard sizes.

The film adheres to surface with an application gel, while a top-surface “slip agent” and a squeegee are used to get it into position and iron out lumps. While the surface is still wet, it’s also possible to remove any dust that you might have missed before. That’s important, as any leftover particles will create bumps in the film.

Ammo NYC paint protection film video screenshot

When applying the film, it’s a good idea to have some extra material in case of mistakes, Kosilla said. That excess material will have to be trimmed away, and the best way to do that is to score the cut line with a razor blade, and then peel the material away like a zipper, he added. Scoring rather than cutting straight through avoids disfiguring the material.

You can apply these basic techniques to all kinds of surfaces, Kosilla said. For example, Xpel makes a kit for the Porsche Macan that covers not only exterior surfaces, but also interior lights, the trim piece that surrounds the shifter, door and dashboard trim, and even the face of the clock on Sport Chrono Package models.

If you’re car-detailing perfectionist, Kosilla has plenty of other how-to videos, from small jobs like removing scratches from door handles and interior trim, to installing a vinyl wrap.

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Carroll Shelby-owned Cobra Daytona Coupe offered by Worldwide

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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

A 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby, and driven by a number of racing legends, is being offered for direct sale by The Salon at Worldwide Auctioneers in Auburn, Indiana.

The Daytona Coupe, CSX 2469, was purchased by the current owner directly from Carroll Shelby, who had commissioned the car built by Shelby American in 1965 with a McCluskey Daytona Coupe body. The Daytona is fully documented and listed in the Shelby Registry, according to Worldwide.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

The car has notched a number of vintage-racing victories, including those at Laguna Seca in California and Goodwood in the UK.

The Shelby counts among the champion race drivers who have been behind its steering wheel: Phil Hill, Derek Hill, Derek Bell, Danny Sullivan, John Morton and Brian Redman.

The iconic Daytona Coupe was originally designed by a young Peter Brock for the Shelby/Ford racing team to compete in 1964 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, powered by the big-block 427 V8. The highly aerodynamic body was designed to raise top speed for the Cobras, a design that was mocked by some on the Shelby team who thought the back end looked too weird, until it proved its worth on the track in endurance competition.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

The Daytona name was applied to the coupe in recognition of its victory in the Florida 12-hour race in one of its first outings. It remains the only American-made car to win the World Manufacturer’s Championship for Grand Touring Racecars.

Cobras that once belonged to Carroll Shelby have been in the news as of late. A 1965 Cobra 427 roadster that he owned from new until his death in 2012, sold for a stunning $5.94 million in January during Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee sale in Florida.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

Barrett-Jackson has announced that it would auction the sole-remaining Super Snake, a 427 Cobra roadster boosted with a pair of superchargers that was owned and driven by Shelby, at its Scottsdale auction in March.

The Super Snake was sold twice before at Barrett-Jackson, once for $5.5 million and again for $5.1 million.

This Cobra Daytona is not from the first batch of six coupes that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in the GT class, before Shelby and Ford moved on to the GT40s and their historic victories overall at Le Mans, but it is still a significant Shelby American-built race car.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby | Worldwide photos

As an original Daytona coupe built in period for Shelby’s personal ownership, and with a history of vintage-racing victories at the hands of champion drivers, it could easily soar into the multi millions.

For more information, visit the Worldwide website.

This article, written by Bob Golfen, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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Gunther Werks Speedster, Gordon Murray T.50s, 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: This Week’s Top Photos

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

California’s Gunther Werks returned this week with another carbon-bodied stunner based on the 993-generation 911. This time the company delivered a wide-body speedster to complement its coupe from a few years back.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

The first model based on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP dedicated electric-vehicle platform was revealed this week in the form of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. The vehicle is a handsome crossover coming to dealerships this fall as a challenger to the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4.

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s

Last year Gordon Murray showed off the T.50 supercar as a spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 he designed in the early 1990s. This week he revealed an even more extreme version of the T.50 designed for track use.

2022 Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover announced some tweaks being made to the Defender for 2022. Among them is the long-awaited availability of a V-8 powertrain, specifically a 516-hp version of Jaguar Land Rover’s familiar 5.0-liter supercharged mill.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The redesigned 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was revealed. It’s an impressive sedan (and wagon if you live outside the United States), though sadly there aren’t any 6- or 8-cylinder engine options planned—not even in the high-performance variants from AMG.

Ferrari LaFerrari once owned by Sebastian Vettel - Photo credit: Which Car/Tom Hartley Jnr

Ferrari LaFerrari once owned by Sebastian Vettel – Photo credit: Which Car/Tom Hartley Jnr

Formula One driver Sebastien Vettel accumulated an enviable collection of Ferraris during his career driving for the Italian supercar maker. Now he’s off to Aston Martin, so he’s selling off those fabulous cars. Luckily, Aston Martin makes some desirable cars, too.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

Another hypercar in the headlines this week was the new 007 Le Mans Hypercar racer from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The new season of the World Endurance Championship is nearly upon us, and the 007 has just made its initial shakedown test ahead of April’s season opener in Portugal.

2023 BMW M2 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 BMW M2 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And finally, BMW was spotted testing a prototype for its next M2. We currently expect the car to debut in 2022 with a detuned version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 borrowed from the M3 and M4.

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