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2019 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner

2019 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner

There’s nowhere in the world that you can’t go to with this do-it-all pickup truck

The Nissan Frontier Desert Runner doesn’t have the racing pedigree of the Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z or the sheer tuning audacity of the Nissan Kicks Street Sport, but if you’re looking for a rugged version of Nissan’s long-standing pickup with some serious off-road chops, the Frontier Desert Runner should be right up your alley. Developed by the Nissan Motorsports team in collaboration with MA Motorsports, the Frontier Desert Runner is teeming with purpose-specific upgrades that help enhance the pickup’s already impressive form and functionality. Nissan has yet to give any indication of potential production plans for the tricked-out pickup, but that could come soon if there’s decent enough demand for it. For now, though, the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner takes center stage at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show.

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2018 Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept

2018 Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept

A do-it-all rescue concept truck sounds like it can be of good use here in the U.S.

The São Paulo Motor Show in Brazil is always a good place to find interesting models that don’t usually make their way to the U.S. Nissan is known for having a big presence in the event, and this year’s no different. The Japanese automaker brought the Frontier Sentinel Concept — we call it the Navarra here — to The Land of Drizzle. The Frontier Sentinel is a rescue concept truck is described as “sturdy enough to go on missions in the most extreme and remote areas.” In other words, it would make for a sweet ride in the U.S., provided Nissan makes it production-ready in the first place.

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2017 Nissan Titan & Frontier Midnight Editions

2017 Nissan Titan & Frontier Midnight Editions

Midnight at 2 P.M.? Nissan’s got you totally covered.

Nissan is playing off the massive hype surrounding the total solar eclipse by introducing three new Midnight Edition trucks for 2018: the Titan, Titan XD, and Frontier. Not surprisingly, the trucks are blacked out from hood to hitch with black interiors and several popular add-on features included. Not only does this tie in perfectly with today’s celestial event, it complements Nissan’s huge success with the Midnight Edition treatment on its other vehicles, which are said to sell twice as quick as standard models.

Billy Hayes, Nissan’s division vice president for North America sales, said, “Following the tremendous response to the original Maxima SR Midnight Edition, we’ve created a complete portfolio of the popular blacked-out Midnight Edition look among our core Nissan sedan, crossover and SUV models. We expect the strong customer appeal to continue with the expansion of the Midnight Edition package to our Titan, Titan XD and Frontier pickups.” Nissan isn’t the only automaker doing well with special edition models boosting sales. Chevrolet is killing it with special editions like the Redline, Rally, High Desert, Custom Sport HD, RealTree, Special Ops, Alaskan, and Black Out editions. Oh, and Chevy also has its own Midnight Edition with a blacked-out appearance, too. Ram also plays the game, offering its Ram pickups with the Limited Tungsten, Subline Green, Copper, Night, Rebel Black, and Rebel Mojave Sand editions. Hayes followed up by saying, “A great custom look straight from the factory is what buyers really appreciate. We’re finding that buyers in the millennial age group especially are attracted to the Midnight Editions. Last year, Nissan was ranked as the number one brand for millennial purchases.”

Speaking of purchases, the Titan, Titan XD, and Frontier Midnight Editions will go on sale starting in the late fall of 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced. For the full details on the trucks, keep reading below.

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2018 Nissan Frontier

2018 Nissan Frontier

The midsize category heats up with Nissan’s next Frontier

Nissan USA has been busy over the last couple years developing the new Titan XD and “standard duty” Titan pickup trucks. However, once the Titan rolls into dealerships for the 2017 model year, Nissan’s attention will turn to the Frontier.

Currently in it second generation, the Frontier has been around since 2004 with nearly imperceptible changes beyond a minor facelift for the 2011 model year. A spartan interior and bare-bones powertrain make the current truck feel old, yet somehow charming in its classic style. Nevertheless, time marches on and the next Frontier is headed our way.

Ironically enough, Nissan already has its next version of the Frontier. It’s called the NP300 Navara and has been on sale since the 2015 model year. Of course, the Navara isn’t’ offered in the U.S., but countries around the world enjoy its larger size, modern aesthetics, and car-like interior. The U.S.-spec Frontier is the last hold-out for the second-generation body.

All signs and sense point to Nissan offering a U.S.-spec version of the NP300 Navara, with tweaks to comply with safety and emissions. That means the global Navara might get new powertrain options before coming stateside. What those are, it’s hard to say, but expect them to be more powerful and efficient over the Frontier’s current 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 4.0-liter V-6.

In anticipation of the next-generation Frontier, we’ve created a rendering based on the current NP300 Navara pickup. Until Nissan finally breaks cover with the next Frontier, this gives us a glimpse at what we can expect.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Nissan Frontier.

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2016 Nissan Frontier

2016 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier soldiers on another year with little in the way of changes. In fact, the only updates to the aging Frontier are three new color choices and a moon roof option in the Crew Cab SV model. Beyond that, the midsize pickup is the same the day it received its last refresh in 2009. Well, except for a change in price that’s just as subtle.

However Frontier is still a competitive truck, despite several new entries in its class. A fully boxed frame, two engine choices, two- and four-wheel drive options, and game-changing cargo management gadgets in its bed. What’s more, the Frontier still offers a good ole manual transmission with nearly all of its trim levels, including the rugged PRO-4X off-road edition. You won’t find that in the Toyota Tacoma or Chevrolet Colorado.

Don’t expect the Frontier to muddle on looking neglected by Nissan. Rumors are already swirling about the truck’s replacement. Word has it Nissan will turn its focus on the Frontier once the 2016 Titan XD and 2017 Titan are on the market. If that holds true, we could see a new Frontier by 2018 or so – about the same time the Colorado, Canyon, and Tacoma could be getting facelifts. Still, that’s only speculation.

So lets take a look at what the current 2016 Frontier has to offer and the slight changes Nissan gave it.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Pro4X - Driven

2015 Nissan Frontier Pro4X - Driven

When it comes to the mid-size truck market, what was once a booming segment has dwindled in recent years to just a small handful of models. Since its introduction back in 1997, the Nissan Frontier has garnered strong sales that have permitted the truck to survive when names like Ranger and Dakota couldn’t. The latest generation of the Frontier arrived in 2004, and Nissan is replacing it with an new model later this year, but how well has the current model aged in the last 10 years?

Nissan sent me a decked out, off-road-ready Pro-4X model to test so I could find out. I have tested other Frontiers over the last few years, but this model comes loaded with more performance, equipment and luxury than any other Nissan truck I have driven. With an upgraded suspension, 4WD, a locking rear differential and chunky tires, this Frontier was just begging to flogged.

And flogged it was. Over the course of my time with the Frontier it tackled daily commutes, farm work, off-road shenanigans, and the snow and ice that came from one of the worst winter storms my current home state of Tennessee has seen in more than a decade. I think I have a pretty solid handle on just how well this machine performs.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins

2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins

Thanks to a few new players in the market, the midsized truck battle looks be reviving. News about GM’s new mid-size trucks getting diesels have also stirred up a frenzy, starting with Nissan.

What you see here is the Frontier Diesel Runner, a “concept” truck built to gauge consumer interest in diesel-powered, midsized trucks. The truck itself is barely changed from the production line, but features a 2.8-liter, I-4 turbodiesel built by renowned engine builder Cummins. The Cummins/Nissan partnership isn’t new, however, as the pair have plans to power the next-generation Nissan Titan with a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel in 2015.

The Frontier’s diesel engine is expected to produce around 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque — all while increasing fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the standard 4.0-liter, gasoline V-6 engine. It’s backed by a ZF-sourced 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine-transmission combo is expected to tow and haul roughly the same as the conventional gasoline Frontier.

Nissan and Cummins did have to modify the truck slightly to get the powertrain nestled within the engine bay and transmission tunnel. Saving room and further development, this frontier lacks the optional four-wheel-drive and added complexities the system brings to a driveline.

It’s very unlikely the Frontier will be sold with a diesel option in its current generation. Nissan is hard at work developing the second-generation Titan pickup, and will likely turn its attention it the Frontier once development is competed there. We expect a new Frontier won’t be far behind the new 2015 Titan. If Nissan chooses to include a diesel as a powertrain option, it’s likely to happen then.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins.

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2009 Nissan Frontier

2009 Nissan Frontier

Nissan officially revealed the details of the 2009 Frontier mid-size pickup, a model that receive numerous refinements for the new model year. The new Frontier is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealerships nationwide in mid-July 2008.

The 2009 Nissan Frontier, a no-compromise pickup forged with premium hardware, extraordinary power and off-road athleticism, continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment. Improving its already impressive packaging, the 2009 Frontier gets updated with a new front fascia, grille and headlight design and new 16-inch and 18-inch wheels.

Additionally, a new PRO-4X off-road model is added, along with new Frontier Crew Cab LE/PRO-4X Value Truck Packages (VTP) that offer an array of popular optional equipment at a greater value than if purchased separately. Other enhancements include a new center radio and HVAC stack (V6 models), new seat cloth for LE models and two new exterior colors – Red Brick and Navy Blue.

The 2009 Frontier will be offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations. Under the hood there will be a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine that delivers 261 hp and a peak torque of 281 lb-ft. The Frontier King Cab 4x2 model will use a 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, with 152 hp and 171 lb-ft.

Full details after the jump.

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2007 Nissan Frontier Navara

2007 Nissan Frontier Navara

Siam Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd. (SNA) today announced the introduction of its all-new pickup truck, the Nissan Frontier Navara. The all-new Nissan Frontier Navara will provide a major boost to the Nissan business in Thailand, a market that is dominated by the one-tone pickup segment. With the Frontier Navara, SNA will achieve 40,000 units in the pickup segment and 55,000 units in total sales in fiscal year 2007.

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2006 Nissan NISMO Frontier

2006 Nissan NISMO Frontier

The NISMO Frontier, the first-ever NISMO branded Nissan vehicle in North America, represents the highest level of factory off-road performance available in the 2006 Nissan Frontier.

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2006 Nissan Frontier

2006 Nissan Frontier

The 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup, which was completely redesigned for 2005, positions Nissan squarely in the midsize pickup market. The Frontier includes a number of features shared with the Nissan Titan, including its rugged suspension design, innovative factory-applied spray-on bedliner, Utili-track bed channel tie-down system and fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the Titan’s F-Alpha platform.

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