2017 Nissan Frontier Release Date and News

The new 2017 Nissan Frontier offers multiple upgrades and technologies synonymous with modern times. Some of the new features to look forward to in the new model include a stout bed lining and tie-down points, a fun-to-drive nature, a brawny V6 engine, and updated interior controls. Read on for up-to-date news on its price, release date, exterior and interior updates, trims, and engine specs.

2017 Nissan Frontier front view, headlights and grille

For about a decade now, the compact pickup segment was effectively in a stasis with just a tiny fraction of the entire segment coasting year after year with mild changes. That said, most vehicles had become stale, and so too were the rivals. Well, this changed two years ago and Toyota seemed to have mastered the key to succeeding in this segment – constant updates.

2017 Nissan Frontier side angle, exterior, alloy wheels

Interior wise, the new Frontier comes with plenty of soft-touch materials, upscale technologies, and sophisticated designs tantamount to modern times. Anyone upgrading to the new 2017 model will notice the conspicuous differences between it and the previous model which was a heart-breaker to many who owned it. For instance, the interior material quality was lackluster; the cabin noise level, to say the least, was booming; and the controls were antiquated.

Lest would-be buyers think the new 2017 model is faultless, the vehicle also disappoints on several areas including poor handling especially on paved roads, and subpar fuel economy ratings. As such, it would be prudent to check what the competition offers.

2017 Nissan Frontier rear view, taillights and tailpipe, silver color

The closest you can get to the Frontier is either 2017 Chevrolet Colorado or the 2017 GMC Canyon. Whichever you chose you’ll be guaranteed of a diesel engine option. A better alternative which greatly improves the cabin, road manners, and gets a powerful V6 engine would undoubtedly be the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. At the end of the day, you’ll have to weigh your priorities carefully before committing to either of them. It is also judicious to test drive a vehicle before striking that deal.

Trims Available – Nissan Frontier

2017 Nissan Frontier Pro 4X front view, headlights and grille

Two body styles are provided for the 2017 Nissan Frontier: crew cab and extended cab. The latter is also referred to as the King Cab. In addition, five trims are offered: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X, and the SL trims.

Interior Review & 2017 Nissan Frontier Spy Shots

2017 Nissan Frontier Spy Shots
2017 Nissan Frontier Spy Shots

The S, which comes equipped with in extended cab body style and a manual transmission, offers standard a cloth upholstery, an auxiliary audio jack, a rear privacy glass, 15-inch steel glass, steering wheel audio controls, front bucket seats, a six-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, adaptive cruise control, and a CD player. Crew cabs, on the other hand, offer a seven-speaker sound system, a sliding rear window, and 16-inch wheels.

2017 Nissan Frontier side view, exterior, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

The SV trim steps up the stakes with an upgraded cloth upholstery, a 115-V power outlet, a tilt-and telescopic steering wheel, 16” wheels, satellite and HD radio, keyless ignition and entry, a 5” NissanConnect touchscreen interface, power locks/windows/mirrors, smartphone integrated apps, a USB port, a sliding rear window, a media player interface, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

Options available for the SV trim include an automatic dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a spray-on beadliner, heated front seats, a sliding bed extender, a Class IV trailer hitch, and an adjustable cargo-tie-downs.

2017 Nissan Frontier rear view, exterior, forged copper color, taillights and alloy wheels

Opting for the Desert Runner gets you an eight-way manual driver seat, special exterior accents, off-road tires, special interior details, an eight-way manual driver seat, high-performance shock absorbers, and foglights.

The off-road-themed Pro-4X tacks in a 5.8” NissanConnect touchscreen display, a locking rear differential, a first aid kit, a navigation system, a 10-speaker Rockford Fostgate audio system, heated front seats, skid plates, specially-tuned shocks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and satellite radio and voice controls.

2017 Nissan Frontier dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift knob and lcd screen

The optional Luxury package available for the Pro-4X includes a rear seat center armrest, roof rack, a sunroof, a leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated exterior mirrors.

2017 Nissan Frontier interior, front and rear seats

At the acme of the trim level is the SL trim that bundles everything from the Pro-4X Luxury and Pro-4X off-road-oriented packages. In addition to these, the Frontier SL further adds a trailer hitch, a bed extender, 18” alloy wheels, and side steps.

2017 Nissan Frontier trunk, cargo space

2017 Nissan Frontier Engine Specs

Just as before, two engines are offered under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Frontier S and SV trims. The base is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is mated to a five-speed manual. The power generated – 152 hp and 171 lbs. ft. of toque is then sent to all the wheels. EPA says you should expect 19/23/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with this engine.

2017 Nissan Frontier engine

A 4.0L V6 engine that is offered as an option for the SV model and standard across the entire extended cab lineup provides 261 hp and 281 lbs. ft. of torque. A time of 8.2 seconds is what you require to get past 60 mph with the Pro-4X crew cab.

When properly equipped, you should expect the vehicle to tow up to 6,500 lbs. for the V6 versions and about 3,500 pounds for the four-cylinder models.

2017 Nissan Frontier Release Date & Price

According to various sources, the new Frontier’s release date should be expected in July 2017 at least for the Canadian market and a bit later elsewhere. A sticker price of about $23,000 should be expected for the Frontier Crew Cab, and $18,290 for the Frontier King Cab.

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2017 Nissan Frontier front angle, headlights and grille

2017 Nissan Frontier diesel side view, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Nissan Frontier side view, blue metallic color, alloy wheels

2017 Nissan Frontier rear angle, taillights and tailpipe