Bigger, Bolder, More Powerful Nissan Frontier Pickup Offers More Adventure and Utility For the 2005 Model Year
The larger, more powerful 2005 Nissan Frontier King Cab pickup, which makes its world debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has more than a passing resemblance to the recently introduced Nissan Titan full-size pickup. Along with its modern, rugged styling, the all-new Frontier which goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in winter 2004 shares a number of significant features with Titan, including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, Utili-track bed channel tie-down system and fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the Titan platform.
The 2005 Frontier will be offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles (the Frontier Crew Cab will be shown for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2004) and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations. The new Frontier, like the previous generations, will be assembled at Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.
A Powerful Platform
While the key word in conceiving the 2005 Frontier was "more" as in more power, more size, more off-road capability, more towing and cargo hauling capacity, more comfort and utility the key to bringing concept to reality was the adoption of the Titan's all-new F-Alpha platform.
Starting with strong, fully boxed frame rails, the new F-Alpha platform provides a rugged foundation on which to build. The 2005 Frontier's wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than the current Frontier, which helps enhance ride comfort and stability. The overall length of 205.5 inches is larger than the current model (+2.6 inches King Cab, + 5.6 inches Crew Cab), though it remains a perfect "activity size" for buyers who don't need a true full-size pickup. Width and height measurements are also increased with the new design.
The 2005 Frontier shares its suspension layout and many component designs with Titan, including an all-steel double-wishbone front suspension and rigid leaf rear suspension with overslung leaf springs and a long suspension stroke for optimized off-road ride. Frontier also offers standard power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
The Frontier, like Titan, is also expected to
provide exceptional acceleration, towing capacity and
all-around off-roading ability, due in large measure to its
powerful new engine a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 250-plus
horsepower and 270-plus lb-ft of torque (final figures will be
announced closer to production). These figures represent
increases of 70 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque over those
of the current normally aspirated 3.3-liter V6-equipped
The 4.0-liter V6 design includes Continuous Valve Timing Control (C-VTC), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum-coated pistons, resin intake manifold, digital knock control system, cross flow engine coolant pattern, high capacity muffler, lightweight aluminum block and platinum-tipped spark plugs. The Frontier V6 will be assembled at Nissan's advanced engine production facility in Decherd, Tenn.
A 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine will also be available on the base Frontier King Cab model.
The new Frontier will be offered with a choice of transmissions an advanced 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Frontier 4x4 models include a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. In addition, a new advanced off-road traction system will be available with 4x4 models, along with performance gas shocks and alloy wheels with off-road performance tires. Overall off-road capability has been substantially enhanced in virtually every aspect.
The Frontier is offered with a range of available wheels and tires, including 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires.
The Frontiers maximum towing capacity is rated at more than 5,500-plus pounds.
A Bigger, Bolder Body
With increases in all critical exterior and
interior dimensions, it is easy to see that with this
generation Frontier has grown up, said McNabb. The new
Frontier also projects a more modern, rugged truck look and
feel, both inside and out, with a robust, athletic style and
intelligent-utility design features.
The Utili-track system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel). Removable utility cleats slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for securing cargo. In addition to the tie-down cleats, a full range of accessories will be offered for use with the channel system, including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays, modular storage units and bike racks.
A Highly Flexible Interior
Just as the high-utility bed offers Frontier
owners an exceptional level of flexibility and utility, the
Frontier's interior features outstanding functionality
combined with comfort and intelligent design. Both the
Frontier King Cab and Frontier Crew Cab feature large rear
doors (rear hinged on King Cab) for easy access to the rear
seating and cargo area.
The 2005 Frontier also includes a long list of
safety equipment, including Zone Body construction with front
and rear crumple zones, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (which
includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt
sensors and a front occupant classification sensor), and
3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.