The previous model's 16-year production run will come to an end.
Way back in 1959, Nissan introduced the first compact pickup truck in the US. Sold as the Datsun 220, it was followed decades later by the Nissan Frontier. The second-generation Frontier has been on sale for a remarkable 16 years, but the new third-gen 2022 model has finally been revealed.
As you can see, the Frontier is a far bolder truck than the model it will replace. Boasting a powerful V6 engine, a modern cabin with an available nine-inch touchscreen, and many driver-assist technologies, it should provide far stiffer competition for the Ford Ranger than before.
Along with the recently unveiled Armada SUV, Nissan has totally overhauled the designs of its vehicles and the new Frontier is no exception. In front, there is a large grille and interlocking headlights, while sizable vertical fenders promote the impression of strength and durability.
There are some nice colors on offer, from the Tactical Green Metallic to Boulder Grey Pearl. If you opt for the capable Frontier PRO-4X, you get features like LED fog lights and grille accents in Lava Red.
The durable chassis has been tuned to be even more capable and refined in this latest Frontier. Nissan says that road vibration is now down by 80 percent thanks to the use of hydraulic cab mounts. Better damping than before has contributed to a more composed ride, while a rear stabilizer bar assists in minimizing body roll. Hopefully, the previous Frontier's bouncy ride will be a distant memory. The steering is now said to be more responsive and the on-center feel has been enhanced.
Under the hood, the Frontier is powered by the same 3.8-liter V6 engine that was introduced in 2020. It produces 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. If equipped with four-wheel drive, the Frontier has a shift-on-the-fly system featuring 2WD/4HI/4LO modes. In the case of 4WD variants, a four-wheel limited-slip setup can improve grip on slippery surfaces by transferring power to the wheels that need it most. Every version gets hill start assist, while 4WD models have hill descent control as well.
For maximum off-road capability, the PRO-4X adds Bilstein off-road shocks, an electronic locking differential, and underbody skid plates for added protection in the rough. When properly equipped, the new Frontier can tow up to 6,720 pounds, while trailer sway control is now a standard feature.
For hauling heavy loads at the back, the Frontier can be equipped with a high-utility bed with a spray-on bedliner and a Utili-Track system that improves cargo-carrying flexibility. LED cargo bed lights can be equipped and every model now ships with a dampened tailgate assist function.
Moving inside, there are more comprehensive changes over the previous model to take in. An expansive nine-inch touchscreen interface can be fitted, but all models boast Apple CarPlay and Android Auto linked to an eight-inch touchscreen.
There is a handy 4.0 liters of storage space in the center console, while Nissan's Zero Gravity seats improve comfort and reduce fatigue when covering longer distances. Front-door acoustic laminated glass has lowered noise levels compared with the older Frontier. Every model enjoys features like dual front USB ports, two 110-volt outlets, and Siri Eyes Free.
Wireless charging for your mobile device and a Wi-Fi hotspot are now on offer, as is Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor. The safety specification includes eight airbags and the Nissan Safety Shield 360 that includes the likes of high beam assist and lane departure warning. Intelligent cruise control and traffic sign recognition are available.
Naturally, the level of standard equipment varies by trim, including S, SV, and PRO-4X grades. This year, a 2WD version of the PRO-4X is available. Both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles will be offered, along with either five- or six-foot beds; all King Cabs use the bigger bed, however. Pricing hasn't been announced yet but the 2022 Nissan Frontier is set to go on sale in summer 2021.