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Nissan’s truck future? Looking back into its off-road future

Pickup trucks are increasingly diverse. A handful of electric pickup trucks are pending and more compact selections for consumers who want pickup truck versatility but don’t necessarily want a pickup truck are now on the roads.

Nissan is also planning its next pickup truck expansion while looking back into the future via three concepts.

Nissan unveiled three concept pickup trucks at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show.
Nissan unveiled three concept pickup trucks at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show.

The names? Project Hardbody, Project 72X and the Project Adventure. The three concepts made their debuts at the recently concluded Chicago Auto Show.

The Project Hardbody concept, and homage to the late-1980s Nissan Hardbody, sports a set of wheels inspired by the Desert Runner pickup of similar vintage.

Features include a 3-in. (76-mm) lift kit with adjustable upper control arms and overfenders from the current PRO-4X model.

The new concept pickup trucks from Nissan are geared toward off-road adventures.
The new concept pickup trucks from Nissan are geared toward off-road adventures.

Classic Hardbody features include block-style wheels with 33-inch tires, sport bar with rectangular LED lights, and blacked-out front end and door graphics with ’80s-style shadow outlining.

The Project 72X recalls the Datsun 720 pickup with white wheels and 1970s-inspired body side graphics.

The Project Adventure is the more modern of the three and is aimed at over-landing enthusiasts. It features a 5-in. (128-mm) lift kit, 34-inch mud-terrain tires, Yakima bed rack system and a Yakima LoadWarrior roof basket. A sky tent and Bluetooth bed audio system by KICKER and carbon-fiber snorkel designed by NDA are also included.

Like all concepts, the future of Nissan’s new trio of adventure trucks is unknown.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Dennis
6 months ago

Diesel power in the future?

Lori
6 months ago

We’ve had Frontiers since 2015. They’re going to have to do a lot more than basically ‘prettify’ it to get me to upgrade.

tom
6 months ago

At the probable price, these have become very expensive toys. My Nissan Frontier (2010) is perfect and did not coast a fortune. It can also do the type of work that I need done. Hauling the lawn mower to the shop is a perfect example.

Bob p
6 months ago

Nissan needs to concentrate on fuel economy before thinking off road capabilities.

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