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All-New 2022 Nissan Frontier – The “Right-Sized” Pickup

NASHVILLE, Tenn./Mississauga, Ont. – Today, Nissan unveiled the All-New 2022 Frontier to the media in a virtual product launch. We bring you the highlights from the live launch in this second part…

Frontier highlights…

  • All-New powerful, rugged design
  • Best-in-class 310 horsepower, proven shift-on-the-fly 4WD
  • “Right-sized” pickup for a workweek in the city or a weekend off-road
  • Modern, utility-centric interior includes largest-in-class available 9-inch colour touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Available WiFi and wireless charging
  • First-ever Nissan to feature Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode
  • Standard class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 on every trim
  • Available class-exclusive Traffic Sign Recognition

With more than six decades of experience bringing compact and mid-size trucks to Canadian customers, the all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier brings the power, capability, utility, manoeuverability and technology that drivers need to take on both weekday work and weekend adventures.

Frontier also plays an important role as the company revamps its Canadian showrooms with the Nissan NEXT transformation plan.

The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier goes on sale in summer 2021

Aggressively imposing exterior design
The all-new Frontier design combines aggressive, modern style with elements inspired by the iconic Nissan Hardbody, a truck that burnished its rough and rugged reputation winning off-road races in the 1980s and 1990s.

Frontier features a powerful front end with a massive grille and chiseled hood, framed by new precision interlocking headlights. A wide, elevated stance and massive vertical fenders evoke durability and strength, accentuated by a high eye-point and high shoulder body sides. In the rear, precision lighting features a machined, structural look, with the lamps appearing to clamp to the body sides. The muscular rear fenders combine with the rear bumper for an athletic, uncompromising stance.

For an even more aggressive look, the specially-equipped Frontier PRO-4X features LED headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights and Lava Red grille accents.

Confident capability
Building on a proven chassis and frame – one of the most durable in the mid-size truck segment with multiple industry quality and durability awards – the engineering team refined and tuned the powertrain, steering and suspension with a focus on the demands of North American truck owners. 

One Drivetrain Across The Range
3.8-litre direct-injection V6 engine with 310-horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine, which was all-new for 2020 with 93 per cent new or redesigned parts, offers best-in-class horsepower.

The 9-speed automatic transmission is designed to maximize efficiency and provide strong acceleration. With an expanded lockup area, a new high-response electro-hydraulic system, long input shaft and a 99 per cent wider gear range (versus the previous Frontier 5-speed design), the transmission offers quick, crisp and direct shift response throughout the entire gear range.

Nissan also re-tuned Frontier’s hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering gear for 2022 to provide better on-centre feel, reducing driver fatigue on long trips. Steering gear ratio has been increased by 16 per cent, leading to a faster response with less steering effort.

Frontier’s front and rear suspensions offer best-level ride and handling both on – and off-road. New hydraulic cab mounts reduce road vibration by 80 per cent, while new urethane jounce bumpers – the only in class – 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. Standard 4-wheel ABS disc brakes provide confident stopping power.

All Frontier models sold in Canada feature a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel-drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. Frontier offers a 4-wheel limited-slip system, which helps transfer power to the drive wheels with more grip on low traction surfaces. Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control are standard – helping adventurers safely climb and descend steep grades.

The PRO-4X model adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody skid plates for the most fierce of off-road adventurers.

Bed utility continues to be a strength for Frontier, with an available high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track Channel System. The Utili-Track system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of three special “C” cross-section rails mounted in the bed. In addition, four fixed bed tie-down hooks help secure adventure gear of all shapes and sizes.

A dampened tailgate assist – new for 2022 – is standard on all models. Inside the bed, two standard stop lamp lights mounted on the back of the cab and two new available LED cargo bed lights make the all-new Frontier ready for any adventure, night or day.

Frontier’s towing capacity is rated at up to 6,490 pounds (2,944 kg) (maximum, when properly equipped). New for 2022 is standard Trailer Sway Control, which detects sway and automatically applies the brakes to eliminate it for a more confident towing experience.

 A protective, utility-centric interior
Seamlessly blending with the powerful new exterior, designers gave the all-new interior of the 2022 Frontier a feeling of protection and versatility with modern functionality.

Helping set the stage is an available, largest-in-class 9-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are standard on all models. The new centre stack is simplified and intuitive, allowing for a user-friendly experience for driver and passenger.

Further making life easier, a standard, largest-in-class 7.0-inch Advanced Driver Assist Display offers configurable information directly in front of the driver.

New trim, finishers and metre accents are inspired by adventure gear.

Addressing common customer needs, Frontier provides 4.0 litres of centre console storage – almost double that of most mid-size pickups – as well as 5.7 litres of rear-door-pocket storage and 6.5 litres of front-door-pocket storage. Storage is also provided at the top of the instrument panel.

Added insulation, improved rear carpet structure and new front-door acoustic laminated glass all reduce interior road noise. Standard Zero Gravity seats provide initial softness with lateral support to help reduce long-range driving fatigue.

An abundance of modern tech and safety features
A long list of advanced technology and safety features make each ride more confident, including five new class-exclusive features.

Wireless smartphone charging and NissanConnect with WiFi Hotspot, standard on PRO-4X models, keep driver and passengers connected. Standard on all models are two front USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C), two front 12V outlets and Siri Eyes Free. Two 110V outlets with 400-watt capability – one in the rear, one in the bed – are available on SV and standard on PRO-4X models, allowing users to easily power a wide variety of indoor and outdoor accessories. Fender Premium Audio with nine speakers is available on PRO-4X Crew Cab.

The 2022 Frontier is the first application of Nissan Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode. Nissan was the first automaker to offer Around View Monitor, which creates a birds’ eye view by stitching together views from four cameras mounted on the outside of the vehicle.

The new Off-Road Mode standard on Frontier PRO-4X functions while the vehicle is moving forward at slow speeds and the 4WD system is in 4LO, ideal for negotiating tight trails without having an external spotter to avoid potential body scrapes or dents.

Every 2022 Frontier comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes six standard features that monitor ahead, behind, and either side of your Pathfinder which includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • (Class-exclusive)

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness
  • Rear Door Alert are also standard
  • Eight airbags
  • A range of models and features

  • The King Cab is offered in 4WD for all grades, in S, SV and PRO-4X grades 
  • A 6-foot bed is standard on all King Cab models
  • The Crew Cab is also available exclusively with a 4WD drivetrain, and two grades – SV and PRO-4X
  • The Crew Cab SV offers an optional LWB (long bed), a 6-foot bed
  • The Crew Cab PRO-4X is offered with the standard 5-foot bed
  • Available exterior colours 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 – colours intended for fun and adventure. Interior colour options include Charcoal and the PRO-4X Charcoal with Lava Red.

    Copyright © 2021 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.
    Text: Iain Shankland/Nissan – Images: Nissan