Nissan is a Japanese multinational company that is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer of automobiles and it is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. It was founded in 1933 but has its roots as early as 1914. Nissan automobiles are well known for their affordability, comfort, luxury, safety, design, and exciting innovation. The Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup truck produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company and it was first introduced in 1997. In Australia, Asia, and Africa, it is sold as the Nissan Navara whereas in Europe it is marketed as the Nissan NP300. In the U.S., South, and Central America, it is called the Nissan Frontier. The Frontier has entered its third generation since 2015. The new generation 2017 Nissan Frontier boasts a slightly pronounced look; however, there aren’t many changes in the exterior and interior. The most significant changes have been done under the hood.
2017 Nissan Frontier – Platform and Design:
The exterior of the 2017 Nissan Frontier is just a refresh from the previous models and as such, there have been only a few changes. The Frontier will be offered in new color palettes such as forged copper, magnetic black, and, gun metallic and two new body styles: extended cabin and crew cabin. Furthermore, the Frontier will be available in five trims namely S, Desert Runner, SV, SL, and the Pro-4X and the SV trim with the crew cabin configuration will receive the moonroof as well.
The overall exterior of the 2017 Nissan Frontier is traditional; there is a small classic redesigned grille at the front, elongated LED headlamps, daytime running lights, redesigned muscular hood, large flaring fenders, sharper looking front and rear bumpers, and a roof rack which will be standard on all trim levels. Additionally, the taillights have been redesigned to give them a more elegant look. The pickup bed will be available in either a 5 foot or a 6-foot configuration, depending upon the level of the trim.
The interior of the 2017 Nissan Frontier has also been given a more classical look with an array of six color themes to choose from. The cockpit has an ergonomic look and the quality of the plastics used is good. It has a three spoke multifunctional steering wheel as well. Unlike the older models, the cabin noise has reduced drastically.
The dashboard uses stitched leather and the seats are made of a high-quality material which seems similar to carbon fiber. The new 2017 Nissan Frontier has a navigation screen which is smaller when compared to its competitors, with added amenities like Bluetooth, cruise control, climate control, USB ports, and sensors which show the coolant temperature, tire pressure, and boost pressure.
The interior is spacious; the rear seats fold all the way up and the seating arrangement is good especially in the crew cab variant.
2017 Nissan Frontier – Power Unit:
There will be two different engine options available to buyers; the base version of the 2017 Frontier will come with a four-cylinder 2.5-liter diesel engine that produces 152 hp and a torque of around 171 pounds-feet. This variant will come with a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission.
In the SV trim level, you will get a 4.0 Liter V6 diesel engine that will produce a horsepower of about 261 and a torque of around 281 pounds-feet. This version will come with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The Frontier will be available in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive options.
The 2017 Nissan Frontier can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 8.2 seconds with a top speed of around 108 mph. With the 2.5 liter engine, you can expect a fuel efficiency of about 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. On the flip side, expect to see around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the V6 engine variant.
The V6 variant of the Frontier can tow up to 6500 pounds while the four-cylinder version can tow up to 3500 pounds when fully loaded.
2017 Nissan Frontier – Possible Arrival Date and Estimated Cost:
The 2017 Nissan Frontier is expected to be released by the end of 2016. If not, then it will be available in U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of 2017. It will fetch a price of $19,000 for the extended cabin and US$23,000 for the crew cabin variant.