Along with the 2022 Pathfinder, Nissan revealed the 3rd generation Frontier pickup truck, also scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. market in summer 2021 as a 2022 model. Unlike the outgoing Frontier which is sold as Navara globally, the 2022 Frontier is the first dedicated model for the North American market.
The 2022 Frontier comes in multiple variants: King Cab in S, SV – 2WD or 4WD; Crew Cab in S, SV – 2WD or 4WD; PRO-X (2WD); PRO-4X (4WD); and Crew Cab Long Wheelbase in SV 2WD and SV 4WD.
Obviously, its dimensions too vary depending on the variant. The long-wheelbase models measure 5,692 mm long with a wheelbase of 3,551 mm. The benefit is, of course, a longer 1,861 mm bed compared to 1,511 mm in the standard wheelbase models. The width of the truck, however, remains the same at 1,854 mm regardless of the variant.
The PRO-X models feature LED headlights, LED running lights, LED fog lights and Lava Red accents. A dampened tailgate assist — new for 2022 — is standard on all models. The truck rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (16-inch steel wheels are standard). Besides an electronic locking differential, the PRO-4X gets Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody skid plates for those who’re serious about off-roading.
Anyway, Nissan claims that the Frontier’s front and rear suspensions offer the best ride and handling both on- and off-road. New hydraulic cab mounts reduce road vibration by 80%, while new urethane jounce bumpers provide improved damping for a smoother ride. In addition to a larger front stabilizer bar, a rear stabilizer bar reduces body roll and increases traction.
The Frontier’s max towing capacity is rated at up to 6,720 lbs (3,048 kg). As with the 2022 Pathfinder, Trailer Sway Control comes standard in the 2022 Frontier.
Nissan also said that the steering (hydraulic for 2022) gear ratio has been increased by 16%, leading to a faster response with less steering effort. Features in the cabin include a 9-inch central touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, 7.0-inch MID, standard Zero Gravity seats that are claimed to reduce long-range driving fatigue, two front USB ports, and two front 12-volt outlets. Two 110-volt outlets with 400-watt capability – one in the rear, one in the bed – are available on SV and PRO-X/PRO-4X models. There are a bunch more options including 9-speaker Fender Premium Audio, wireless smartphone charging, and NissanConnect with WiFi Hotspot.
As for safety and driver assistance systems, the truck gets Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Rear Door Alert are standard as well. Passive safety includes 8 airbags.
Moving on to the powertrain, the 2022 Frontier is powered by the same 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine with 231 kW (314 metric hp) and 381 Nm (281 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The 4WD models are equipped with a transfer case and feature a shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes to play with.