After Nissan unveiled the Frontier Pro-X variant, the manufacturer teased us with the brand-new Nissan Patrol Nismo SUV. This makes us wonder if the 2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo is on the way as well. Such a move sounds like a very likely outcome, as Frontier is one of the most popular pickup trucks in the United States.
And while the Pro-X and Pro-4X are off-road variants, Nismo would represent a high-performance version of the Frontier pickup. At this point, we don’t know that much about the Frontier Nismo pickup truck. Reportedly, this model will go on sale at some point next year, and here’s what we know at the moment.
2022 Frontier Nismo Design
So far, we only saw renderings of the upcoming 2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo. Those images are showing a bolder pickup truck with an upscale exterior design. We could say the Frontier Nismo looks like a futuristic version of the Rogue crossover SUV. Of course, Frontier is a model that looks rugged, but sportier styling and more athletic stance are looking incredible on renderings. We mentioned the Pro-4X package, which looks sporty and very off-road capable.
However, Nismo is even sportier and it features better aerodynamics. Nissan will replace towing hooks and good approach angles with something new. The manufacturer is about to deliver a new suspension, improved handling, lower stance, and a complete redesign. Thanks to that, Frontier Nismo will look closer to the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Syclone.
What is Nismo?
The 2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo is not confirmed yet. However, it seems like Nissan plans to provide this treatment to its best-selling models, including the Frontier pickup truck. Nismo is the performance division, present since 1984.
It stands for “Nissan Motorsport” and Nismo competed in prestige races, including the 24 hours of Le Mans. At this moment, Nissan offers its Nismo variant in models such as Sentra and Juke, and the Patrol SUV will also get one later in 2021.
New Turbocharged Engine With Over 400HP
Nismo is not the appearance package, as some people think. Yes, it does change the vehicle’s appearance, but this treatment also comes with higher performance. Interestingly, but the 2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo won’t be the first Frontier to wear this moniker. Nissan introduced the Nismo package for its second-gen Frontier. It was available with a potent V6 engine, limited-slip differential, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and much more.
But, what about 2022 Frontier Nismo? Currently, the regular Frontier pickup truck comes with the 3.8-liter V6 engine. This unit is capable of producing 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Reportedly, Nismo will arrive with some sort of turbocharged powertrain and it will develop over 400 horses. However, Nissan is yet to reveal more details.
2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo Launch Date
At this moment, we don’t know that much about new 2022 Nissan Frontier Nismo. From what we read, reliable reports are predicting the first half of 2022 as the most likely release date. The price is not available, but the Nismo version will surely cost over $40,000.