Nissan says the brand new Frontier’s exterior styling echoes its legendary “Hardbody” pickup vans of the Eighties and 90s. (Picture/Nissan)

When was the final time we wrote in regards to the Nissan Frontier?

(checks watch)

Seems, by no means. That’s most likely as a result of Nissan hasn’t introduced out a completely new one in a protracted dang time. And that’s why we’re so pumped that Nissan pulled the wraps off the redesigned 2022 Frontier earlier this month.

Nissan had targeted its R&D on better-selling crossovers and SUVs, however now it’s popping out swinging within the increasingly-competitive mid-size truck phase.

For starters, the brand new 2022 Nissan Frontier is carrying the three.8L direct injection V6 launched in 2020, good for 310 horsepower—a best-in-class quantity, by the best way. The engine additionally makes 281 ft.-lbs. of torque.

Behind the engine is a nine-speed automated; no guide transmission will probably be provided (saaaaad trombone). However Nissan experiences the brand new Frontier may have as much as a 6,720-pound tow ranking when correctly outfitted.

4-wheel drive fashions get shift-on-the-fly 4WD capabilities, and a four-wheel restricted slip system will probably be out there too. Two-wheel drive vans have Hill Begin Help customary and including four-wheel drive provides you Hill Descent Management as effectively.

You may get the brand new 2022 Frontier in both 2WD or 4WD, in S and SV trims. The performance-focused PRO-4X mannequin will proceed and embrace a brand new 2WD variant, dubbed merely PRO-X.

Out again, the brand new Frontier’s mattress boasts a 1,610-pound payload capability. (Picture/Nissan)

A five-foot mattress is customary on all Crew Cabs, with a six-foot mattress non-compulsory on Crew Cab SV Lengthy Wheelbase fashions. A six-foot mattress can also be customary on all King Cab fashions.

Given Nissan’s unsung legacy of vans in North America (it introduced the very first compact truck to our shores manner again in 1959), we’re glad to see it stepping up its sport right here.

And the marketplace for mid-size, body-on-frame vans is getting actually attention-grabbing now. The ageing Toyota Tacoma nonetheless units the tempo, albeit with elevated competitors from the Canyon/Colorado twins, Jeep Gladiator, and resurrected Ford Ranger.

Then, Nissan’s acquired the unibodies to cope with too, just like the Honda Ridgeline and upcoming Ford Maverick (to not point out Hyundai’s long-awaited Santa Cruz).

So, we’re anxious to see how truck consumers react when the brand new 2022 Nissan Frontier begins hitting supplier showrooms this summer season.