2022 Nissan Frontier pickup finally packs some decent tech
Nissan’s new pickup truck is here, and the 2022 Frontier offers more rugged aesthetics and a familiar engine. The revised Frontier lands next to the similarly new three-row SUV 2022 Pathfinder and shares the burler design language of its siblings.
That means a bigger grille and a better sculpted hood, while the vertical fenders have also been oversized to enhance the beefier aesthetic. New headlights have been added while the taillights have a machined look, says Nissan. The Frontier PRO-4X with all-wheel drive and Frontier PRO-X with all-wheel drive have standard front and rear LED lighting, as well as LED fog lights and Lava Red grille accents.
4WD versions of the 2022 Frontier get all-wheel drive that supports 2WD / 4HI / 4LO modes with an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. A 4-wheel limited slip system is optionally available, which can shift the performance more dynamically, depending on which bike has the most grip. Hill Start Assist is standard on all 2022 Frontier models, while Hill Descent Control is standard on 4WD pickups.
2022 Frontier PRO-4X models receive an electronic limited-slip differential, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody protection plates. All panels can be fitted with factory-sprayed bed linen and Nissan’s Utili-Track duct system. The rails make it easier to load and secure the load. The dampened tailgate assistant is standard, two LED loading area lights are optional.
What is not being changed is the engine. Nissan added the 3.8-liter V6 to the Frontier back in 2020, and this 2022 version of the pickup maintains its 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a 2WD or 4WD.
The towing capacity is up to 6,720 pounds depending on the configuration. The trailer sway control is now standard, as is a newly tuned hydraulic rack and pinion steering system for a better feel in the middle. Nissan also increased the steering gear ratio for faster reactions with less effort.
According to Nissan, hydraulic cab brackets reduce road vibrations by up to 80 percent. There’s also a larger front stabilizer and a new rear stabilizer for a cut in the body roll.
Inside, Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats are standard. A 9 inch touch screen is optional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The driver receives a 7-inch display and analog displays. All 2022 Frontier bezels have two front USB ports – one type A, one type C – and two front 12 V sockets. SV and PRO-X / PRO-4X panels can add a pair of 110V, 400W sockets, one in the back and one in the bed, as well as a Fender Premium audio system.
Cell phone charging and the WiFi hotspot are available on the PRO-4X and PRO-X. All panels receive tire pressure monitoring, forward collision warnings and a warning in front of the back door, while the Nissan Safety Shield 360 – with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, warning of blind spots, warning of cross traffic at the rear, lane departure warning, high beam assistant and automatic rear braking – is optional. Likewise, intelligent cruise control and traffic sign recognition as well as the 360-degree camera. Unfortunately there is no way to add ProPILOT Assist, which combines adaptive cruising and lane keeping.
4 liters of center console cubbies, 5.7 liters of luggage space for the rear door and 6.5 liters of capacity for the front door are available for storage. All Crew Cab models come with a 5-foot bed as standard. A 6-foot bed is optional on Long Wheelbase Crew Cab SV models or standard on all King Cab models.
Nissan will offer the 2022 Frontier King Cab in classes 2WD and 4WD S and SV. The Frontier Crew Cab 2022 will be available in the classes 2WD and 4WD S, SV SWB (standard bed) and SV LWB (long bed) as well as the Crew Cab PRO-4X (only 4WD) and 2022 PRO-X (only 2WD). Seven option packs and more than 85 Nissan and NISMO accessories will be available. This includes off-road step rails, NISMO suspension, additional off-road lighting and much more.
Details on all of this will be confirmed along with pricing closer to the 2022 Frontier release in the summer of 2021.