Shoppers in this segment want one of two things - either a rugged workhorse or a family-friendly adventure vehicle with cool made-up marketing words that translate into cool stickers. Words like SharkHammer or LightningWarrior. In the case of the Nissan Frontier, these words are PRO-X and PRO-4X, but they're more than just cool looking stickers.
The overall design is exactly what customers want. It oozes ruggedness, even in base King Cab workhorse spec where you only get halogen lights and 16-inch steel wheels. Higher up the range, you get more exciting exterior additions. The top-spec PRO-4X gets 17-inch alloys with a Lava Red center cap, LED headlights with LED signature daytime running lights, LED fog lights, and Lava Red grille accents. In-between models also boast interesting exterior features, but the two models mentioned above are the two extremes, with everything in between getting a little bit of this and a bit of that.
The new Frontier caters to a broad audience, and the design is spot-on no matter the application. We suspect it's also no accident that it has shades in the styling of a prerunner truck that the aftermarket will be able to capitalize on.
Part of Nissan's marketing strategy is calling the Frontier a "right-sized" pickup. In plain English, that means the Frontier is a competitor in the midsize pickup truck segment. It's not too big for the daily grind but large enough to be useful on a weekend off-road adventure. Or large enough to remove rubble, in the case of the King Cab which gets a 6.1-foot bed compared to the Crew Cab's standard five-footer, although the larger bed can also be paired with the Crew Cab.
As before, the Frontier is available in Crew Cab and King Cab configuration. The latter is only available in the short-wheelbase format, which means it has a 126-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 210.2 inches. It's 73 inches wide and between 71.4 and 72.1 inches tall, depending on the trim level. It has an impressive set of off-road-related figures, but the base S 4x4 is the one you want if you're going to really work your workhorse. The approach, breakover, and departure angles for this specific model are rated at 31.4, 20.8, and 22.4 degrees, respectively.
The Crew Cab is available in short- and long-wheelbase configurations. The short-wheelbase model shares its figures with the King Cab, while the long-wheelbase model has a 139.8-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 224.1 inches. In its largest PRO-4X trim, it's 74.7 inches wide and 72.9 inches tall, but lesser trims are as narrow and low as 73 inches wide and 71.6 inches tall. The PRO-4X comes with the most impressive set of off-road figures, with the approach, breakover, and departure angles rated at 32.3, 19.6, and 23 degrees, respectively. The breakover angle on the base S 4x4 is slightly better at 20.6 degrees, while the PRO-X has a 20.9-inch figure.
The lightest model is the King Cab SV 4x2, with a curb weight of 4,321 pounds. The heaviest model is the SV 4x4 in LWB guise, weighing in at a hefty 4,773 lbs.
|Nissan Frontier Trims||S||SV||PRO-4X|
|Max Width||73 in.||73 in.||73 in.|
|Length||210.2 in.||210.2 in.||210.2 in.|
|Height||71.7 in.||71.7 in.||72.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||126 in.||126 in.||126 in.|
|Nissan Frontier Trims||Curb Weight|
|S||4,333 - 4,683 lbs.|
|SV||4,304 - 4,654 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Steel Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||16" x 7"|
|Rear Wheel Size||16" x 7"|
Nissan offers a total of nine colors, three of which are labeled premium colors. The available premium colors include Tactical Green Metallic, Baja Storm, and Cardinal Red Metallic. Nissan's standard color palette consists of Boulder Gray Pearl, Deep Blue Pearl, Red Alert, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, and Super Black. Color options vary by trim, and the finals will be available once the configurator goes live.