2022 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab Prototype Shows New Design

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Photo credit: Brad Fick - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brad Fick - Car and Driver

From Car and Driver

  • We spied a prototype for the next-generation 2022 Nissan Frontier.

  • The redesigned truck has a completely different body, and the interior should be new as well.

  • It'll be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine and use a nine-speed automatic transmission.

After selling the current-generation Frontier for the last 15 years with only minor changes, Nissan is finally readying a new version of its mid-size pickup truck. We spotted a prototype of the new 2022 Frontier testing in Michigan, revealing its squared-off new styling and the continuation of the King Cab configuration.

Photo credit: Brad Fick - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brad Fick - Car and Driver

Nissan first teased the new Frontier earlier this year, and we can see the same blunt front end here, despite a bit of camouflage. Like the Toyota Tacoma's most recent redesign, the new Frontier will likely be a new body and interior on top of the same frame as before, rather than a full ground-up redux. Extended-cab and crew-cab models should remain available, along with short- and long-bed configurations.

We already know about the new Frontier's new powertrain, because Nissan introduced it in the outgoing truck for 2020: a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque mated with a nine-speed automatic. In our testing, the new motor wasn't really any more impressive than the old 4.0-liter V-6, with the 2020 Frontier delivering the same acceleration numbers and worse fuel economy than a 2017 model we tested. Rear- and four-wheel drive will be offered, and we expect Nissan to once again offer a Pro-4X off-road trim level.

Look for Nissan to debut the new 2022 Frontier either at the end of this year or early in 2021, with the new model arriving at dealerships a few months after that.

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