Nissan Frontier Canada
The Nissa Frontier is a pickup truck manufactured by Nissan since 1997, the first Frontier arrived in Canada in 1998 and is a smaller version than the full sized Nissan Titan. The Nissan Frontier is marketed by various names including Nissan Navara in Europe, Nissan Fiera in Japan and Nissan Big M in Thailand, the Frontier is manufactured in more countries than any other Nissan including South Africa, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil and Sudan; while the Nissan Frontier in Canada is manufactured at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee where the Nissan Xterra, Altima and the new all electric Nissan Leaf is assembled.
The Nissan Frontier shares the same F-alpha platform with the Nissan Pathfinder and full sized SUV Nissan Armada, equipped with Nissan's favorite V6 3.3L engine which is also used in several of Nissan's crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks. Since the Frontier is assembled in 14 countries and is re-badged with various names the size and specs vary from country to country. In Europe and Latin America the Frontier has four diesel engines available starting with a 2.5L with 80HP, 2.7L diesel engine, 3.0L which it shared with the Nissan Patrol and Nissan Caravan while a 3.2L diesel engine wasn't available in Canada but was very popular in the Middle East and Egypt. The Frontier in Canada is available as rear-wheel drive 4x2 or 4x4, unlike the Titan, the Frontier is available in single cab and king cab, while the crew cab arrived in Canada as 2000 Frontier model with an optional Desert Runner trim which added 4x4 upgraded tires and a super charged engine in the 2001 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner.
In 2004 Nissan unveiled the next generation of the Nissan Frontier at the North American International AutoShow and it arrived to Canadian dealer starting as a 2005 Frontier model, the new model was build on a modified F-alpha platform sharing the full sized design of the Nissan Titan truck. The Frontier in Canada arrived with an upgraded V6 4.0L, 24-valve engine with Nissan's VVT (variable valve timing) and 261HP, which is also used with the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder and 2012 Xterra. The new Frontier is assembled along side the re-branded Suzuki Equator pickup truck which is manufactured by Nissan for Suzuki in Tennessee and uses the exact same design and oddly enough was awarded in Peterson's 4Wheel & Off-Road's 4x4 of the Year in 2009. The 2011 Nissan Frontier was Edmunds.com Top Recommended Compact Truck of the year which made a significat impact in sales for both the Frontier and larger Titan pickup trucks which began competing directly with the Dodge Ram and Ford F150.
Like the Nissan Titan, the Frontier is available in a PRO-4X trim which features 18 inch 4x4 rugged trail tires, electronic locking rear differential and more upgrades for off-road enthusiasts. All 2012 Frontiers in Canada share 4-wheel anti-lock ABS brakes, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Dynamic Control, tire pressure monitoring system and 6-speed manual transmission for 4x4 models or 5-speed automatic transmission for the 4x2 king cab and crew cab S trim model.