The first-generation Nissan Frontier was released in 1997 as a replacement for the Datsun 720. In other parts of the world, the iconic Japanese carmaker branded the truck as the Nissan Navara and Nissan NP300.
In February 2000, a revamped version was released at the Chicago Auto Show complete with a dynamic exterior. Its second-generation was unveiled at the 2004 North American Auto Show utilizing the Nissan F-Alpha platform. Due to its outstanding build and performance, the series garnered major awards. It received the Highest Side-Impact rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010 and the Top Recommend Compact Truck Award by Edmunds.com in 2011.
The third-generation Nissan Frontier was introduced in 2014 powered by a stronger 2.3-liter engine. In 2018, Nissan Motors equipped this well-received truck with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology to further enhance its performance.
The Nissan Frontier was assembled and widely-demanded in the Philippines since its first generation. In November 2014, local production for the Nissan Frontier stopped as new vehicles were introduced locally. Currently, the Frontier is marketed as the Nissan Navara, and units sold locally are sourced from Thailand.
The Nissan Frontier measures 5,220mm long, 1,849mm wide, and 1,745mm to 1,1170mm tall. It flaunts a premium and muscled exterior that effectively aids its superior carrying and towing capability. Notable exterior highlights include a pair of wide headlights with auto on/off function, fog lights, a robust chrome-colored two-slotted grille, roof rack with crossbars, step rails, side moldings, splash guards, body-colored bumpers, chrome or body-colored rear bumpers depending on the variant, sliding rear window, powered moonroof, a long bed with spray-on liner, and a tailgate spoiler.
Complementing the mighty stance of the Nissan Frontier is a durable set of 16- to 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Though a compact truck, the Nissan Frontier offers a spacious cabin fitted with interior highlights such as the four to eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, four-way adjustable passenger seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, white gauges with chrome trimmings, foldable armrest, eight beverage holders, storage space in the second-row seat, an efficient air conditioning system, and more.
Technology & Safety Features
The Nissan Frontier is fitted with a Rockford Fosgate audio system with MP3 and CD paired with four to 10 speakers depending on the variant.
In terms of safety, the Nissan Frontier is built with the Nissan Advanced AirBag system, vehicle dynamic control, active brake limited slip, tire pressure monitoring system, head restraints, vehicle security system, the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer system, and more.
Platform & Chassis
The Nissan Frontier utilizes the Nissan F-Alpha platform. It is equipped with an independent double-wishbone suspension at the front and an over slung multi-leaf suspension at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Nissan Frontier is offered in a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine. It is paired with either a five-speed automatic or manual transmission capable of emitting 152 to 261 horsepower.