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The 2022 Nissan Frontier Looks Awesome—Even Half Assembled

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/21/2021 Monica Gonderman,Manufacturer
a car parked on a dirt road: 2022 Nissan Frontier 8 1 © Manufacturer 2022 Nissan Frontier 8 1

Gaggles of 2022 Nissan Frontiers are officially spilling forth from the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi, where the Frontier has been built since 2012. Prior to that, the Frontier was built at Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee plant. Rooted in the Nissan Hardbody mini truck of the 1980s, the Nissan Frontier has been a beloved staple to the compact-turned-midsize truck market since its inception as a 1998 model year pickup. We think Nissan nailed it with the new Frontier's design, but the real test will come once these trucks start rolling off the assembly line in bulk and are put to the test in real-world situations.

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Video from the Canton assembly plant reveals a well-rehearsed partnership between man and robots—or cobots (collaborative robots) as Nissan calls them—that transforms piles of parts into various trims of bold, modern Frontiers. From what we can see, all levels of Frontier look awesome on the assembly line, from the base trim to the off-road-oriented Pro-4X.

The 2022 Frontier brings major updates to a truck that stayed largely stagnant for the majority of the last 15 years. It features a 310-hp 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that Nissan debuted in the 2020 model year Frontier, a brand new exterior design, and a more modern interior. The fresh and feisty 2022 Frontier, alleviated of its staleness and shortcomings, has its eyes on the leader of the midsize pack: the Toyota Tacoma.

Although we've seen the 2022 Nissan Frontier in-person outside of a studio, we have not seen it in the wild on public streets. This is sure to change very soon. The commencement of production indicates the new midsize pickup is poised to hit dealership lots by the end of summer 2021.

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