Nissan unveils all-new 2022 mid-size Frontier pickup and Pathfinder SUV
Nissan North America has unveiled two important new vehicles for the 2022 model year. The updated Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup truck has been anticipated for several years in this resurgent market segment.
The all-new Frontier design combines an aggressive, modern style with elements inspired by the iconic Nissan Hardbody, a truck that burnished its rough and rugged reputation winning off-road races in the 1980s and 1990s.
The updated Frontier is powered by a standard 310-horsepower, 281 lb-ft, 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine. This engine was introduced on the Frontier in 2020 and has proven popular with smaller truck buyers.
The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize efficiency and provide strong acceleration. With an expanded lockup area, a new high-response electro-hydraulic system, long input shaft and a 99 percent wider gear range than the previous transmission, the 9-speed offers quick, crisp and direct shift response throughout the entire gear range.
Frontier's towing capacity is rated at up to 6,720 pounds (maximum, when properly equipped). New for 2022 is standard Trailer Sway Control, which detects sway and automatically applies the brakes to eliminate it for a more confident towing experience.
The 2022 Frontier will be available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations. Frontier 4WD models feature a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. Frontier 4WD models are available with a 4-wheel limited-slip system, which helps transfer power to the drive wheels with more grip on low traction surfaces. Hill Start Assist is standard on all models, and Hill Descent Control is standard on all 4WD models, to help climb and descend steep grades.
The Frontier PRO-4X off-road model adds an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and underbody skid plates for the most fierce of off-road adventurers.
Frontier will be available with a special high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track Channel System. The Utili-Track system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of three "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed. In addition, four fixed bed tie-down hooks help secure gear. New for 2022, a soft-close tailgate assist is standard on all models.
New Pathfinder mid-size SUV
The 2022 Pathfinder mid-size SUV is all-new from the ground-up. The vehicle was designed to convey a sense of size, strength, and capability.
The new Pathfinder features Nissan's long-serving 284-horsepower 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 engine, rated at 259 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched to Nissan's 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response. Nissan says the proven V6 and all-new 9-speed provides strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or driving out of a turn, and minimizes rpm variation on a grade.The new Pathfinder features best-in-class available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. Trailer Sway Control is standard.
Pathfinder is available with rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive. Pathfinder 4WD models feature Nissan's all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection — Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow — is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster.
Inside, Nissan offers an available 12.3-inch digital dashboard to provide the driver with a variety of easy-to-navigate screen options. Complementing the digital dashboard is an available 10.8-inch Head-up Display. New to Pathfinder, the Head-Up Display enables the driver to view preferred content such as turn-by-turn directions while staying focused on the road.
Seat flexibility is a critical factor for large SUV buyers. Pathfinder offers standard 8-passenger capacity or, for the first time on Pathfinder, available 2nd row captain's chairs with a no-tools-required removable center console. The 2nd row bench seat now offers EZ FLEX® one-touch release fold/side with push button activation from both the driver and passenger sides, making life easy for parents and backseat passengers alike. The 60/40 split folding 3rd row seat provides maximum flexibility for carrying passengers and cargo.
Advanced technology and safety, including standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on all Pathfinder grade levels. This package includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Rear Door Alert are also standard, while Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition are optional.
Also, the 2022 Pathfinder SV and SL grades offer Nissan's innovative ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on, driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway.
Pathfinder Platinum trim adds the new ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which was recently introduced on the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan's advanced Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits.
The 2022 Pathfinder will be offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder models will arrive at area Nissan dealers this summer.
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