The Nissan Frontier pickup was sold in the Philippine market, though in the mid-200s, it became the Frontier Navara. By 2014, the Frontier and Navara nameplates have officially split into two separate but related models, with North America still soldiering on with the now 17-year-old Frontier. After a long wait, Nissan has just given the North American Frontier a complete redesign for the 2022 model year.
The new look for the all-new Nissan Frontier has been designed to be as tough as possible, not just in looks but in how it handles the rough stuff. As a matter of fact, Nissan says its design is inspired by the iconic Nissan Hardbody, a truck that burnished its rough and rugged reputation winning off-road races in the 1980s and 1990s. Upfront, you get an upright bold grille flanked by a pair of squared-off “interlocking” LED headlights. At the sides, you get wide front and rear fenders, giving the pickup a very bold stance. Moving towards the rear, and you’ll see a pair of sleek LED taillights with the Frontier nameplate stamped at the tailgate.
The interior design is also designed to look and feel very tough. Material quality has been significantly improved, with more soft-touch materials and stitching details than the previous Frontier. Despite looking tougher, the interior of the all-new Frontier is more comfortable than ever. All Frontier variants get Nissan’s Zero Gravity Seats and a massive center console storage with 3.8 liters of space. There’s also an available 9-inch Nissan Connect touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a 7-inch multi-information display sandwiched in between the analog gauges.
Under the hood of the all-new Nissan Frontier is a 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 310 hp and 381 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. If this powertrain combination sounds familiar, it’s because this engine and transmission combination was introduced in the Frontier for the 2020 model year.
Apart from a completely re-engineered ladder frame chassis and a redesigned hydraulic steering rack for easier maneuverability, the all-new Frontier now comes with a new PRO-4X variant. This off-road focused variant adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein shocks, and underbody skid plates. The front axle uses an independent double-wishbone suspension with twin-tube shocks and hollow stabilizer bars. Meanwhile, at the rear axle, it features a solid axle with multi-leaf springs.
Of course, as with every modern car nowadays, the Frontier comes with a host of advanced driver-assist systems, ranging from automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, 360-degree camera, just to name a few.
The all-new Nissan Frontier will go on sale this summer in North America as a 2022 model year vehicle.