2022 Nissan Frontier
Today Nissan celebrates the global debut of the third-generation Frontier pickup. The new 2022 Nissan Frontier competes in the popular midsize pickup segment with a bold new look, powerful engine and the latest technology. The company has a long history of pickup trucks for the U.S. market, and the Japan-based automaker was the first to offer a compact pickup for the U.S. via the Datsun 220 in 1959. Frontier joined the Nissan lineup in 1997 as a 1998 model; the second generation arrived as a 2005 model.
Frontier Front End
The front end of the 2022 Frontier looks much more powerful than the outgoing model thanks to a large, upright rectangular grille flanked by what Nissan calls “precision interlocking headlights” as well as upper and lower daytime running lights that wrap into the front fenders. The sculpted hood sits high and flat above the grille.
Frontier Rear End
The Frontier boasts a high beltline and upright fenders that appear more flared than the previous model as well as integrated overfenders. At the rear, the sculpted tailgate flows toward vertical taillights that wrap into the fenders. The Frontier moniker gets stamped in bold letters across the lower edge of the tailgate.
Frontier PRO-X / PRO-4X
New for 2022, Nissan adds the 2WD Frontier PRO-X alongside Frontier PRO-4X, and both variants include LED headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights, as well as Lava Red grille accents.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is offered as a King Cab or Crew Cab with 2WD or 4WD in S and SV trim levels. Frontier PRO-4X and PRO-X are only offered in Crew Cab configuration. The Frontier PRO-4X is 4WD and PRO-X is 2WD, although it possesses the same rugged exterior looks but without the electronic locking differential or underbody skidplates. A 6-foot bed is standard for King Cab and a 5-foot bed is standard for Crew Cab. The Crew Cab SV is also offered, which has a longer wheelbase and a 6-foot bed.
Under the Hood
The 2022 Nissan Frontier draws power from a 3.8-liter direct-injection V6 engine producing 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with 4WD, the Frontier features a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel-drive system with 2WD / 4HI / 4LO modes and an electronically controlled transfer case. Hill Descent Control is standard on all models with 4WD, and a 4-wheel limited-slip system is available to help transfer power to wheels with more grip. The Frontier PRO-4X adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shocks and underbody skidplates.
2020 Nissan Frontier Interior
The 2022 Nissan Frontier interior includes a 7.0-inch Advanced Driver Assist Display, an available 9.0-inch color touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay, standard Android Auto, available Wi-Fi and wireless charging. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is available on all trim levels. Zero Gravity seats are standard, and the PRO-4X and PRO-X add Lava Red interior accents. The 2022 Frontier also has front door acoustic laminated glass and additional insulation to reduce interior road noise. A Fender Premium Audio system with nine speakers is available on SV and PRO-X / PRO-4X.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is the first model to receive the Nissan Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode. The new Off-Road Mode is available on PRO-4X and functions while the vehicle is moving forward at slow speeds with the 4WD system in 4LO.
Available safety technology for the 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup includes Nissan Safety Shield 360, which features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam headlight assist and rear automatic braking. Additional available features include intelligent cruise control, traffic sign recognition and intelligent driver alertness.
Engineers of the 2022 Nissan Frontier have revised the suspension and steering to improve ride and responsiveness. The new pickup receives a larger front stabilizer bar, urethane jounce bumpers for improved damping, as well as hydraulic cab mounts to reduce vibration. The steering of the 2022 Nissan Frontier has been retuned for better on-center feel, and the steering ratio has been increased for quicker response with less effort.
Available exterior colors for the 2022 Nissan Frontier include Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Red Alert, Cardinal Red Metallic TriCoat, Deep Blue Pearl, Baja Storm, Tactical Green Metallic and Boulder Grey Pearl.
Nissan NEXT Plan
The 2022 Nissan Frontier — as well as the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder also revealed today — marks the completion of the Nissan NEXT Plan, which introduced 10 new models for the U.S. market over the past 20 months. The 2022 Frontier and 2022 Pathfinder follow the introduction of the 2021 Armada and 2021 Kicks in December 2020. Nissan plans to continue adding new models including the all-electric Ariya crossover and a production version of the Z Proto sports car.
The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier goes on sale in summer 2021.