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New Truck Preview: It’s a new frontier for 2023 Nissan Frontier

Highlighted by a modernized exterior and interior and a more powerful engine, the 2023 Nissan Frontier will arrive next year as the debut of the midsized pickup truck’s third generation.

Nissan reports the new Frontier will feature a 310-horsepower V6, and it will be propelled by a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive.

The Frontier’s new exterior, according to several truck websites, will feature a new body inspired by the classic Nissan Hardbody Desert Runner, its predecessor. It will feature a massive grille.

2023 Nissan Frontier: Plenty new

A new instrument cluster will be unveiled and will include a standard 8-inch touchscreen and a 9-inch screen on upper-level trims.

Technology will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and several charging outlets including a USB-C port. The Frontier’s new sound system is a nine-speaker Fender. The driver-assistance technology will also be improved and will include automatic high beams, automated emergency braking and class-exclusive rear automated emergency braking.

The current Frontier is available in base S, SV, Pro-X, and top-spec Pro-4X. The King Cab pickup is offered with two- and four-wheel drive in either S or SV trim, paired to a 6.1-foot bed.

The crew cab is available with two- or four-wheel drive in the S and SV trims, while four-wheel drive is standard on the Pro-4X. The Pro-4X trim received electronic locking differentials, Bilstein off-road shocks and underbody skid plates standard.

Nissan reports the 2023 Frontier will have a 6,720-pound towing capacity.

The manufacturer hasn’t announced pricing. But the MSRP for the base trim is expected to be about $28,000.

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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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Gary
3 months ago

But can it be towed 4 down…..

Bob p
3 months ago

This looks and sounds just like the 2021 model, are they changing again? I love my 2018 except for the gas mileage 16.8 everyday driving but I knew that before purchase. It pulls our 23’ travel trailer perfectly, the 4.0L V6 is a strong performer and the gearing is what makes it perform and get terrible gas mileage. I like it because it’s not a computer on 4 wheels.

Tom
3 months ago

Love my current Frontier. 2010 and trouble free. Batteries and tires only. But, where’s the diesel?
I’m looking forward to the new Ford Maverick. Meets my needs, suburban work horse.