- All-new powerful, rugged design
- Best-in-class 310 horsepower, proven shift-on-the-fly 4WD
- “Right-sized” pickup for a workweek in the city or a weekend off-road
- Modern, utility-centric interior includes largest-in-class available 9-inch colour touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM, available WiFi and wireless charging
- First-ever Nissan to feature Intelligent Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode
- Standard class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, standard Nissan Safety Shield® 360 on every trim, available class-exclusive Traffic Sign Recognition,
With more than six decades of experience bringing compact and mid-size trucks to Canadian customers, the all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier brings the power, capability, utility, manoeuverability and technology that drivers need to take on both weekday work and weekend adventures.
Frontier also plays an important role as the company revamps its Canadian showrooms with the Nissan NEXT transformation plan.
The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier goes on sale in summer 2021.
Aggressively imposing exterior design
The all-new Frontier design combines aggressive, modern style with elements inspired by the iconic Nissan Hardbody, a truck that burnished its rough and rugged reputation winning off-road races in the 1980s and 1990s.
Frontier features a powerful front end with a massive grille and chiseled hood, framed by new precision interlocking headlights. A wide, elevated stance and massive vertical fenders evoke durability and strength, accentuated by a high eye-point and high shoulder bodysides – where natural light and shadows meet.
In the rear, precision lighting features a machined, structural look, with the lamps appearing to clamp to the body sides. The muscular rear fenders combine with the rear bumper for an athletic, uncompromising stance.
Body colours such as Tactical Green Metallic offer a new, yet familiar, perspective – inspired by tech-savvy backcountry gear. Another example, Boulder Grey Pearl, helps accentuate the Frontier’s exterior form and pairs well with bold accent colours.
And for an even more aggressive look, the specially-equipped Frontier PRO-4X features LED headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights and Lava Red grille accents.
Building on a proven chassis and frame – one of the most durable in the mid-size truck segment with multiple industry quality and durability awards – the engineering team refined and tuned the powertrain, steering and suspension with a focus on the demands of North American truck owners.
The standard 310-horsepower 3.8-litre direct injection V6 engine, which was all-new for 2020 with 93 per cent new or redesigned parts, offers best-in-class horsepower1. Torque is rated at 281 lb-ft.
Matched to the engine is a 9-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize efficiency and provide strong acceleration. With an expanded lockup area, a new high-response electro-hydraulic system, long input shaft and a 99 per cent wider gear range (versus the previous Frontier 5-speed design), the transmission offers quick, crisp and direct shift response throughout the entire gear range.
Nissan also retuned Frontier’s hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering gear for 2022 to provide better on-centre feel, reducing driver fatigue on long trips. Steering gear ratio has been increased by 16 per cent, leading to a faster response with less steering effort.
Frontier’s front and rear suspensions offer best-level ride and handling both on- and off-road. New hydraulic cab mounts reduce road vibration by 80 per cent, while new urethane jounce bumpers – the only in class – provide improved damping for a smoother ride. In addition to a larger front stabilizer bar, a rear stabilizer bar reduces body roll and increases traction. Standard 4-wheel ABS disc brakes provide confident stopping power.
All Frontier models sold in Canada feature a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. Frontier offers a 4-wheel limited-slip system, which helps transfer power to the drive wheels with more grip on low traction surfaces. Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control are standard – helping adventurers safely climb and descend steep grades.
The PRO-4X model adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody skid plates for the most fierce of off-road adventurers.
Bed utility continues to be a strength for Frontier, with an available high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track™ Channel System. The Utili-Track™ system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of three special “C” cross-section rails mounted in the bed. In addition, four fixed bed tie-down hooks help secure adventure gear of all shapes and sizes.
A dampened tailgate assist – new for 2022 – is standard on all models. Inside the bed, two standard stop lamp lights mounted on the back of the cab and two new available LED cargo bed lights make the all-new Frontier ready for any adventure, night or day.
Frontier’s towing capacity is rated at up to 6,490 pounds (2,944 kg) (maximum, when properly equipped). New for 2022 is standard Trailer Sway Control, which detects sway and automatically applies the brakes to eliminate it for a more confident towing experience.
A protective, utility-centric interior
Seamlessly blending with the powerful new exterior, designers gave the all-new interior of the 2022 Frontier a feeling of protection and versatility with modern functionality.
Helping set the stage is an available, largest-in-class 9-inch colour touchscreen2 with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ that are standard on all models. The new centre stack is simplified and intuitive, allowing for a user-friendly experience for driver and passenger.
Further making life easier, a standard, largest-in-class3 7.0-inch Advanced Driver Assist Display offers configurable information directly in front of the driver.
New trim, finishers and metre accents are inspired by adventure gear.
Addressing common customer needs, Frontier provides 4.0 litres of centre console storage – almost double that of most mid-size pickups – as well as 5.7 litres of rear-door-pocket storage and 6.5 litres of front-door-pocket storage. Storage is also provided at the top of the instrument panel.
Added insulation, improved rear carpet structure and new front-door acoustic laminated glass all reduce interior road noise. Standard Zero Gravity seats provide initial softness with lateral support to help reduce long-range driving fatigue.
An abundance of modern tech and safety features
A long list of advanced technology and safety features make each ride more confident, including five new class-exclusive features4.
Wireless smartphone charging and NissanConnect® with WiFi Hotspot, standard on PRO-4X models, keep driver and passengers connected. Standard on all models are two front USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C), two front 12V outlets and Siri® Eyes Free. Two 110V outlets with 400-watt capability – one in the rear, one in the bed – are available on SV and standard on PRO-4X models, allowing users to easily power a wide variety of indoor and outdoor accessories. Fender® Premium Audio with nine speakers is available on PRO-4X Crew Cab.
The 2022 Frontier is the first application of Nissan Intelligent Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode5. Nissan was the first automaker to offer Around View Monitor, which creates a birds’ eye view by stitching together views from four cameras mounted on the outside of the vehicle.
The new Off-Road Mode standard on Frontier PRO-4X functions while the vehicle is moving forward at slow speeds and the 4WD system is in 4LO, ideal for negotiating tight trails without having an external spotter to avoid potential body scrapes or dents.
Standard safety technology starts with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, featuring Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and class-exclusive Rear Automatic Braking6.
Class-exclusive7 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert are also standard. Additional features include class-exclusive8 Traffic Sign Recognition and standard Intelligent Cruise Control, and standard Intelligent Driver Alertness. Rear Door Alert9 is standard on all models. The all-new Frontier features eight standard airbags.
A range of models and features
The 2022 Frontier King Cab is offered in 4WD for all grades, in S, SV and PRO-4X grades.
The 2022 Frontier Crew Cab is also available exclusively with a 4WD drivetrain, and two grades – SV and PRO-4X. The Frontier Crew Cab SV offers a LWB (long bed) and the Crew Cab PRO-4X is offered with the standard bed.
A 5-foot bed is standard on the PRO-4X Crew Cab with a 6-foot bed standard on Crew Cab SV Long Wheelbase models. A 6-foot bed is also standard on all King Cab models
Available exterior colours include Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Red Alert, Cardinal Red Metallic TriCoat, Deep Blue Pearl, Baja Storm, Tactical Green Metallic and Boulder Grey Pearl – colours intended for fun and adventure. Interior colour options include Charcoal and the PRO-4X Charcoal with Lava Red.