Nissan USA has finally launched the all-new Frontier mid-size pick-up truck. This third-generation model arrives 17 years later after the debut of the outgoing model in 2004.

In the US, Nissan offers two sizes of pick-up trucks. The smaller Frontier (or the Navara here in Asean), competes with models like the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado, while the much larger Titan belongs in the group of Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Dodge Ram 1500 models.

Inspired by the off-road racer called Nissan Hardbody, the all-new rugged exterior design features a powerful front end with a massive grille and chiselled hood, framed by new precision interlocking headlights.

At the side, vertical fenders are said to create a higher visual point. Wheel sizes are modest though, just 16- or 17-inch rims wrapped with 265-section tyres. Overall, the length of the all-new Frontier is approximately three inches longer than the current Navara (D23), with the wheelbase measuring 3.2 metres that is 50 millimetres longer.

Nissan USA is also offering a Long Wheelbase variant, extending to 3.55 metres, a measurement similar to the larger Titan pick-up truck.

Like the recently launched facelifted Nissan Navara in Thailand, the Pro-4X treatment adds skid plates, fender flares, all-terrain tyres with dual-tone wheels and red highlights on the towing hooks. All Nissan emblems are gloss black with the wordings in a red hue called Lava Red.

For the powertrain, just a petrol engine with automatic transmission is available. The direct-injected 3.8-litre V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic is carried over from the outgoing model, which saw its introduction into the market just a year ago.

Performance figures are 310 hp and 380 Nm of torque, which Nissan USA says it’s the best-in-class. Four-wheel drive (4WD) models feature an electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case with additional traction supported by an electronically controlled four-wheel limited slip system.

The all-new Nissan Frontier is suspended by double-wishbone setup in front and multi-leaf springs at the rear with stabiliser bars. The Pro-4X variants are fitted with off-road specification Bilstein shock absorbers and an uprated Dana rear axle with electronic locking differential.

Inside, the new dashboard houses a meter cluster with the largest-in-class seven-inch coloured multi-info display and two choices of the touchscreen infotainment systems measuring eight or nine inches. A premium audio system with nine speakers by Fender is available as an option.

Pro-4X variants get a more distinctive interior, with Lava Red highlights on the seats, dashboard and door panels.

Customer feedback has also made Nissan increase the storage capacities on the dashboard, centre console and door pockets.  

Front occupants now get Zero Gravity seats as standard with the interior is promised to be quieter thanks to additional insulation and fitment acoustic glass on the front doors.

Nissan has focused to provide more technology in the interior too. There are Intelligent Around View Monitor (IAVM), NissanConnect with WiFi hotspot and a wireless smartphone charger. Physical charging outlets are also available for the front and rear passengers, in both USB Type-A and Type-C sockets. LED lighting and a 120-volt/400-Watt power socket can also be found at the cargo deck.

The Pro-4X variant also has extended feature in the IAVM called an Off-Road mode. The cameras provide better visibility to negotiate tight trails without the need for an external spotter.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is available on every variant of the all-new Frontier. When fully-equipped, the all-new Frontier will have the usual Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

A Trailer Sway Control system is fitted as standard for a more confident towing experience.

Nissan USA says the Rear Automatic Braking (AEB but in reverse), traffic sign recognition and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW) features in the all-new Frontier are segment-first.

The all-new Nissan Frontier will go on sale from summer of this year under a 2022 model year designation.


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