Why You Should Be Excited About the 2022 Nissan Frontier
Off-road capability and modern conveniences - all wrapped up in a strikingly modern package
Canon Sperrazza | Author | Feb 11 2021
One week ago today, Nissan USA announced the 2022 Nissan Frontier. This marks the third generation of the tried and true pickup, as well as a complete overhauling of the vehicles design. With the last major revision to the Frontier coming all the way back in 2004, the third-gen is a welcome, if not long overdue, change for one of the US’s most popular midsize pickups. In this blog post, we’ll break down the reason’s why off-road enthusiasts and price conscious truck buyers alike should be excited about the forthcoming Frontier. From Bluetooth to Bilstiens, this truck has it all.
A Nissan Pickup for the Modern Era
While the previous generation Frontier served truck buyers of all kinds well over the past decade and a half, the 17 year old truck was outdated to say the least. We’d be remiss if we didn’t start this article by talking about the radically new design of the ’22 Frontier as compared to the outgoing truck. On the front end a modern notched, LED-accented headlight design, updated grille and somewhat familiar vertical front fender well vents give the truck a modernized face. The body styling is toughened up by flared fenders and a mix of blocky and smooth design elements. Ultimately, this truck pulls familiar attributes from other pickup favorites to create an in-style design that still looks distinctly Nissan.
Moreover, the new truck is being outfitted with a plethora of new tech to bring it thoroughly into the 2020’s. New for the third-gen are standard creature comforts such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via an 8” infotainment display – the largest standard size available in any US pickup. Additional tech that can be optioned into this truck include USB-A/USB-C ports, wireless phone charging and surround-view monitoring. Under the hood, the new Frontier gets the same 3.8L V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission that were introduced last year. This pairing puts down an impressive 310hp and 281 lb/ft of tq, some of the best power ratings in the midsize truck market.
These features bring the Frontier to a level playing field with other midsize trucks and even win it the coveted “best in class” distinction in a few areas. Bringing this technology into the mix is a big step for the Frontier, given how woefully under-equipped the old truck was, and make the Frontier a real contender in it’s market space for the first time in over a decade.
Perhaps the most exciting element of the new Frontier for us is the PRO-4X trim of the new truck. While the package was available on previous Frontiers, this PRO-4X kicks the off-road capabilities of this truck up quite a few notches. Key highlights of this trim include an electronic locking rear differential, a set of well-tuned Bilstein shocks and three (count ‘em, three!) Underbody skid plates to protect your truck’s undercarriage. That rear axle is also Dana-sourced (whether that axle will be a Dana 44, 60, 30, we don’t know), a move that will give these trucks a significant leg up over other off-road oriented midsize pickups. Pair these beefed up features with the available around-view monitoring system’s dedicated off-road mode, keeping your eyes on all obstacles, and you have a seriously capable pickup. Fender flares, 17” wheels, all-terrain tires and LED auxiliary lights round out the PRO-4X – an impressive total list of features.
No official pricing has been announced for the new Frontier as of yet, but it’s expected to stick with Nissan’s philosophy of value pricing. It’s clear that this truck was built to go after the Toyota Tacoma and the Ford Ranger, and we expect Nissan to have both Ford And Toyota in their sights with the pricing of the Frontier. With that in mind, the feature laden PRO-4X Frontier could shape up to be one of the best values in off-road oriented trucks to come in years. We’re excited both about the options the Frontier comes with, and the aftermarket possibilities that are sure to come – and you should be too.