The Nissan Frontier, also known as the Nissan Navara, is a truck available in single, King and Crew cab versions. Originally used mainly as a commercial vehicle, the truck was redesigned to appeal to younger buyers after 2004. The truck now offers bold style, softer materials of better quality for the interior, a six-disc CD player, MP3 compatability and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a Navigation system.
The Nissan Frontier was introduced in 1997 and intended to replace the Nissan Hardbody. The truck was introduced with a four-cylinder engine. Later a V6 engine was introduced. In 2000, the Crew Cab was introduced and was the first compact pickup available with four doors in North America. From 1997 to 2000, the Frontier was produced in Japan. After 2000, production was moved to North America. The truck became available in both Crew and King Cab versions with 2.4 or 3.3 Litre, as well as a 3.3 Litre Supercharged, versions. The truck has off-road capability and a 6,500-pound towing capacity. In terms of fuel economy, the Frontier is expected to get 17 miles per gallon during city driving and 22 miles per gallon for highway travel. The Frontier seats five and offers four cup holders, four bottle holders and front and rear door storage pockets.
The 2001-2004 versions, considered the second generation, were exported to South America, New Zealand and Australia. The Frontier was available in two or four-wheel drive, as well as automatic or five-speed standard. In 2002, Brazil also began production of the Nissan Frontier in a Crew Cab two-wheel or four-wheel drive as well as a single cab two-wheel drive diesel model. Exterior colors available include Avalanche, Red Brick, Radiant Silver, Super Black, Red Alert, Night Armor and Navy Blue. Three options for the interior are available: Steel Cloth, Beige Cloth and Graphite/Red Cloth.
In 2005, the Nissan Frontier was redesigned to become more mid-sized. Also, the production of the regular cab model was indefinitely suspended. The wheelbase is 125.9 inches and the length is 205.5 inches. Both two and four-wheel drive are available, as well as traction control. Beginning with the 2005 models, production occurs in Smyrna, Tennessee, Brazil, Thailand and Spain.
The 2010 Nissan Frontier received the highest side-impact safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and J.D. Power and Associates' Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality award. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also has recognized the 2011 Frontier with the Front, Side and Roof strength evaluations.
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