Coming this week: The 2022 Nissan Frontier is almost here.
Sure, we’ve only had to wait an agonizing seventeen years — more than half as long as I’ve been alive — to see an updated version of Nissan’s midsize truck. Now, though, the wait is nearly over, and the 2022 Nissan Frontier will debut on February 4. It’s coming alongside the updated Pathfinder, but while that vehicle also has some pedigree, I’d happily wager more people are excited about the new Frontier.
So what do we know so far? We’ve seen plenty of spy shots, but thanks to Nissan’s efforts we don’t have to guess quite as much. The short clip below shows the Pro-4X, so naturally that means we are getting one. That was always a fairly safe bet, but it’s comforting to see it kicking up some dirt. Following in its big brother’s footsteps, the 2022 Nissan Frontier also features its namesake etched into the grille. The aging design may have cut it almost two decades ago, but the truck’s front end also looks properly aggressive and rugged, with sharper-looking LED headlights to boot.
Carrying over the 3.8-liter V6
Thanks to the old Frontier’s most recent update, we also know what will live under the hood as well. Ditching the old 4.0-liter mill, the 2022 Nissan Frontier will pack a 3.8-liter V6 that came along with the 2020 models. That makes this new Frontier the (current) frontrunner on horsepower, with 310. It just edges out the Chevy Colorado’s 308 horsepower, while all the other gasoline competitors don’t crack 300 (although some, like the Ranger, make up for it with higher torque). A 9-speed automatic transmission will be your only option — there’s no manual in sight.
Like the outside, we expect the new Nissan Frontier to borrow its interior styling cues from the larger Titan.
As far as pricing is concerned, we expect the new model to track fairly close to its predecessor. It’s standard fare to see a small price hike, but the Frontier’s strength has long been its dollar-for-dollar value when pitched against its rivals. That’s a position I doubt Nissan will want to give up, so at least top-end Pro-4X models should undercut equivalent offerings from Ford, GM, Jeep and Toyota.