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2022 Nissan Frontier: Damn, this looks good

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We’ve been waiting on the next-gen 2022 Nissan Frontier forever. Well, it seems like forever considering the second-generation Frontier debuted in 2004.

Think about that for a moment. George W. Bush was president. Facebook had just launched. The iPhone didn’t exist yet.

With 18 years to plan, thank goodness Nissan didn’t fumble the ball.

The 2022 Frontier will have aggressive, blocky styling and a high-level of connectivity, so this all-new midsize pickup truck will check a lot of boxes.

Nissan calls this a right-sized truck for work and play, so if you look at the specs, you see the wheelbase length is virtually unchanged, the length grows by about 5 inches, which puts it more in line with the current Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

We’re posting every picture we have of the 2022 Frontier, so outside of looks, what else do you need to know?

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Nissan debuts the 2022 Frontier showcasing the rugged, off-road PRO-4X model. (Image courtesy of Nissan North America)

Same engine

Nissan introduced a new powertrain for the 2020 model year and made no bones about the fact it would be “the heart of the next-gen truck.” So, it should surprise no one that the 2022 Frontier comes equipped with the same 3.8-liter direct injection V-6 we see in the 2021 model.

Good news is, it’s rated at 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. In case you were wondering, that’s 2 more horsepower than the Chevrolet Colorado, 22 more than the Toyota Tacoma and 40 more than the Ford Ranger.

Also of note, the 2022 Frontier has a 9-speed automatic transmission (still no manual available in the U.S.) and a 6,720-pound max towing capacity.

Better bed utility

Because the 2022 Frontier is meant for work and play, Nissan increased bed utility adding standard features such as a dampened tailgate assist, a 110-volt outlet, four fixed-bed tie-down hooks and two stop lamp lights mounted to the back of the cab.

Some of the available utility features include a factory-applied spray in liner, Utili-track channel system with C cross-section rails mounted in the bed and LED cargo bed lights.

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2022 Nissan Frontier (Image courtesy of Nissan North America)

New trim

In addition to the S, SV and PRO-4X trims, you’ll see a new addition to the 2022 Frontier, and that’s a PRO-X. Basically, it’s exactly what you think it is, a 2WD version of the PRO-4X. So, you can get the rugged styling without upgrading to 4WD. It’ll come equipped with the up-level 9-inch infotainment screen, Bilstein shocks and the rugged styling you see on the PRO-4X trims.

It’ll be slotted between the SV and PRO-4X trims in terms of grade level.

Around View Monitor with added benefits

I’ve always appreciated Nissan’s Around View Monitor bird’s eye view in the camera display. It helps in tight situations of both the urban and off-road variety, and for 2022 Nissan adds functionality that aids both kinds of situations.

First, Nissan adds “Moving Object Detection.” Similar to rear cross-traffic alert, this system will detect motion – but instead of only operating in reverse, it’ll function in drive as well – up to about 6 MPH.

Second, the Around View Monitor gets an “Off-Road Mode,” available only on the PRO-4X, which will operate in 4LO while the vehicle is moving forward. The idea is to help navigate trails without the need for an external spotter.

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2022 Nissan Frontier has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Image courtesy of Nissan North America)

Standard safety

Nissan is on a tear lately with adding safety tech to all the things. Hallelujah, and it’s about time. The 2022 Frontier is the newest vehicle get standard Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams and (this is a biggie) automatic reverse braking.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.

Other cool tech

Technology in vehicles is moving at warp speed these days, and Nissan has done a lot to modernize the 2022 Frontier to keep up with the times.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and you’ll see two USB-A and two USB-C ports – one of each front and rear.

Available features include a 9-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging, a WiFi hotspot and a Fender premium audio system. To be clear, wireless CarPlay and Auto are not offered at this time.

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2022 Nissan Frontier has available under-seat storage in the second row. (Image courtesy of Nissan North America)

The bottom line on the 2022 Frontier

Nissan has been doing amazing things this past year. All you have to do is look at its redesigned Rogue or yet-to-be-released Ariya to see the all the potential coiled and ready to be unleashed.

This third-gen 2022 Nissan Frontier is just another step in the right direction (IMHO). It looks great and will get nice finishing touches like Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats and under-seat storage in the second row. And while we’ve only seen photos of the PRO-4X model so far, I have high hopes for the regular trims.

The 2022 Frontier goes on sale this summer. So, stay tuned for pricing information and more details as the truck gets closer to launch. For reference, the current 2021 Frontier in the King Cab 2WD configuration starts at $27,090.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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