The Nissan Frontier a true workhorse. It is a small pickup truck that drivers love for its rugged capabilities and all-around reliability. Here is a brief history of the Nissan Frontier in the United States.
In 1997, Nissan introduced the Frontier to the North American market. It was originally a compact pickup manufactured at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Frontier was designed to replace the Nissan Hardbody truck, which was getting less and less popular. In 1999, Nissan added a larger Crew Cab option that would make the Frontier more versatile.
For the 2001 model year, the Frontier was updated with bolder styling to make it more appealing to a modern audience. Then, in 2005, the Frontier was completely redesigned and entered its second generation. By this time, the Frontier had moved into the mid-size pickup segment. Nissan also discontinued the regular cab model.
In 2009, Nissan added an off-road-oriented PRO-4X model. It also gave the Frontier a more modern updated front end design.
Over the next decade, the Frontier continued to live on in its existing form with the additions of more technology features as they become available. Nissan would add a special edition called the Desert Runner that had a more rugged design and off-road ready equipment. In 2019, all Frontier models came standard with a 7-inch touchscreen system.
After a 15-year run for the second generation, the Frontier is finally being updated for the 2020 model year. While Nissan hasn’t released much information about the new truck, we can expect to see more technology inside. It will also ride on a new platform design and come with new styling for the next decade.
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