Nissan's midsize truck is much more advanced than before.
The outgoing Nissan Frontier enjoyed an unusually long production run but it has looked and felt notably outdated for the last few years. So it was a relief when Nissan finally revealed an all-new Frontier earlier this year for the 2022 model year. It's expected to do a much better job of fending off the challenge of the Ford Ranger. Scheduled to go on sale late in summer 2021, Nissan has confirmed that the new Frontier pickup has officially entered production at the company's Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. The Frontier has been built here since 2021.
"The Canton plant team is full of pride and ready to produce the next generation of one of the strongest, most rugged trucks in the market," said Tim Fallon, vice president at the Canton plant.
As a much more advanced offering than the model it replaces, the production facility has also stepped up its game. Using collaborative robot technology, also known as cobot technology, this process improves efficiencies for repetitive tasks and also reduces the strain on factory workers. Cobot tech reduces the need for workers to be permanently tied to their stations, freeing them up for other tasks that require a human touch.
Governor Tate Reeves was also upbeat about the construction of the new truck in his state. "I'm proud that the 2022 Frontier rolling off the assembly line and onto American roads will be synonymous with Mississippi," he said, highlighting the fact that the state is becoming a popular location for the automotive industry.
Besides its modernized appearance, the new Frontier boasts much-improved technology like an available nine-inch color touchscreen, wireless charging, and the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. Both 4x2 and 4x4 variants are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower. Pricing for the new Frontier is yet to be revealed but it should be the perfect choice for those who don't need the capability of the bigger Titan.