Release date: Summer 2021
New engine with more power
After being sold on our market unchanged for over a decade, the Nissan Frontier compact pickup finally gets a full model redesign for the 2022 model year. While it still rides on the same architecture as before, it houses an all-new 3.8-liter V6 good for 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque.
It’s mated to an equally new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission are now things of the past. The Frontier also retains a hydraulic power steering setup for improved feel and precision during off-roading.
Built for off-roading
New Pro-4X includes off-road specific gear like a rear-locking limited-slip differential, Bilstein performance shocks, off-road tires and skid plates to protect its oil pan and transfer case.
While the US market will have a choice of two-wheel or 4-wheel drive configurations, Canada gets standard 4-wheel drive across the lineup. King and Crew cab configurations are back, with available five or six-foot beds.
Redesigned Frontier interior
Changes were also applied inside, where the new Frontier gets a much more modern and refined interior. Pro-4X models get unique colour combinations, while the entire lineup receives an all-new infotainment system with 8- and 9-inch screens. The system will incorporate a slew of off-road specific apps as well a Wi-Fi hotspot and Android / Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The towing rating however drops from 6,720 to 6,490 pounds. Same story for max payload, it slightly dips from 1,460 to 1,400 pounds. While no pricing has yet been announced, Nissan says the new Frontier will hit showrooms as early as this summer.
2022 Frontier vs outgoing model: completely different beasts
Editor’s Note: In case you’re wondering (and you should be wondering), here’s what the outgoing Frontier looks like compared to the new one – two completely different trucks, both inside and out:
Key specs: 2022 Frontier pickup
|Body configurations||King Cab, Crew Cab|
|Drive configuration||4-wheel drive|
|Platform||Heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame|
|Powertrain||3.8-litre direct injection V6|
|Towing capacity||U.S. – 6,720 pounds/3,408 kilograms – S 4×2|
Canada – 6,490 pounds/2,944 kilograms – S 4×4
|Payload||1,400 pounds/635 kilograms – 4WD S|
|Brakes||4-wheel vented discs, ABS|
|Steering||Engine speed-sensitive power rack and pinion|
|Wheels||16-inch steel or 17-inch aluminum-alloy|
|Tires||265/70R16, 265/65R17 or 265/70R17|
|Wheelbase||Standard Wheelbase (SWB): 126.0 in./3,200 mm |
Long Wheelbase (LWB): 139.8 in./3,550 mm
|Overall width||73.0 in./1,853.5 mm|
|Overall length||Standard Wheelbase (SWB): 210.2 in./5,338.1 mm |
Long Wheelbase (LWB): 224.1 in./ 5,692.1
Length: 58.9 in./1,495.5mm – SWB Crew Cab PRO-4X 73.3 in./1,861.5mm – LWB Crew Cab and standard King Cab 72.6 in./1,845.5mm – King Cab Pro-4X
Width: 61.4 in. (at C-Channel)
Depth: 19.4 in