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

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2017 Nissan Frontier rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Nissan Altima Release Date and News

The new 2017 Nissan Altima Sedan comes off a makeover that now gives it an even more appealing curb, but offers nothing to regard as extra-ordinary relative to its competition. But if you are looking for a laudable fuel economy rating, strong acceleration, and a responsive transmission, you’ll probably appreciate the new model. Read on for up-to-date news on Altima’s engine specs, release date and price, and exterior and interior updates.

2017 Nissan Altima aeria view, red color, headlights

Four years have passed since its last major redesign, and within this time, the number of competition has grown tremendously. Anyone now shopping in the segment has plenty of options to consider although more seasoned brands tend to outdo the new ones regardless of the feature content.

2017 Nissan Altima side view, black color, alloy wheels

For 2017, Nissan has tried to rejuvenate the Altima by offering some bit of additional exterior styling and a handful of new features and technologies. The SR trim also returns for this year. Up front, the Altima comes with the V-Shape which brings it to speed with the rest of Nissan vehicles. The taillights and headlights are now sharper than before.

2017 Nissan Altima rear view, alloy wheel, taillights and tailpipe

Also, the new model comes with a slew of safety features such as automatic braking, forward collision warning, hill assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Despite this refreshments, the cabin is somehow disappointing and seems to exist in the bygone era. The features and technologies present are old news relative to what the competition offers.

2017 Nissan Altima brilliant silver, side angle, alloy wheels and headlights

Things beneath its hood remain unchanged despite massive updates for other models. Fortunately though, the engines offer impressive fuel economy ratings. In all fairness, the Altima isn’t as competitive as it was three years ago, and will face an uphill task to keep relevant in the segment. Some of its rivals include the 2017 Mazda 6, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2017 Honda Accord.

Trims Available – Nissan Altima

The five-passenger 2017 Nissan Altima is available in a whopping five trims: SL, SV, SR, S, and the base.

Interior Pictures & 2017 Nissan Altima Exterior Review

Standard features and accessories buyers should look forward to in the base include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, full power accessories, plastic covers, keyless entry and ignition, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, a four-speaker stereo, cloth upholstery, and a 60/40-split rear folding seats.

2017 Nissan Altima steering wheel, gear shift knob, dashboard, lcd screen

The S trim steps up with a 5-inch display, adaptive cruise control, NissanConect smartphone app integration, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, automatic headlights, USB port, and Siri Free Eyes.

2017 Nissan Altima leather interior, front and rear seats

Upgrading to the SR trim gets you an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, foglights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension system, simulated manual shift control, a rear spoiler, and an automatic four-zone climate control.

2017 Nissan Altima interior, rear seeting

In addition to what the SR trim offers, the SV further provides a satellite and HD radio, a blind-spot monitor, lane-assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear-cross traffic alert, remote engine start, and an eight-way power driver seat.

2017 Nissan Altima side view, white color, alloy wheels, headlights

At the acme of the trim ladder is the SL trim that offers 18” wheels, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, voice commands, a larger 7-inch color touchscreen, air vents for the aft seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, rear and front parking sensors, a tow-way adjustable front headrests, and LED headlights.

2017 Nissan Altima gun metalic, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Standalone features which are available for the lower trims for an extra cost include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, NissanConnect telematics, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and a sunroof.

2017 Nissan Altima Concept Engine Specs

A four-cylinder 2.5L engine rated is offered for the 2017 Nissan Altima. The power generated – 182 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to the front wheels via the CVT. EPA says the Altima should be able to return 39/27/31 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 37/26/30 mpg.

With the Continuously Variable Transmission system equipped on the coupe, an average time of 7.8 seconds for a 0-60 mph acceleration should be expected.

2017 Nissan Altima engine

The optional 3.5L V6 engine offered is graded at 270 hp and 251 lbs. ft. of torque. Here, a time of 6.2 seconds is required to get you past 60 mph. fuel consumption is projected to be 32/22/26 mpg.

Price & 2017 Nissan Altima Release Date

Its Release Date should be expected in May of 2017 according to rumors going round. A sticker price of $22,500 should be expected once it hits dealerships.

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2017 Nissan Altima front view, red color, headlights and grille

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2017 Nissan Altima front view, headlights and grille

2017 Nissan Altima front angle, headlights and grille

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2017 Nissan Altima trunk, cargo space

2017 Nissan Altima interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob

Mitsubishi Sold to Nissan

Carlos Ghosn – Mitsubishi’s Savior Or Ruthless Businessman?

CEO of Renault and Nissan, Chairman of AvtoVAZ and Renault-Nissan Alliance has come to Japan, yet again, to cut some costs. This time he hasn’t come to Japan to have anything with Renault (which he helped save in 1990’s) or Nissan (which he rose from ashes in 2000’s) but, as we can all assume, to copy paste his strategy in a town called Mizushima.

Road So Far

Mitsubishi is in a great pile of trouble. The company made a huge mistake and lied to their customers about the fuel consumption in a number of models, including two it made for Nissan and together with those models it reached the number of over 600,000 cars. Fortunately, those cars were sold only in Japan, so it wasn’t a international scandal like in some other cases (VW). That scandal came to surface in April and since then, their share price has fallen about 40%.

The savior appeared and everyone in Mitsubishi cheered, until they found out the name of the savior.

Nissan made a dill and paid 1.5 billion pounds for 34% share, which gave the partial control over their smaller Japanese rival. That was fine, but the man they sent was not a good news for people living in industrial towns, dependent of Mitsubishi. Everyone in that area knows of Carlos Ghosn. They know about thousands of unemployed in the streets, after the intervention of Carlos Ghosn. His revival plan from 1999 included the closing of five Nissan’s factories, cutting approximately 14% of employees and shrinking their supplier ranks by half. But that had to be done.

Mitsubishi had some other scandals in the past, (early 2000’s, covering of safety defects – caused some fatal crashes) and people already know what to do, and to do that in time. For example, a little city of Soja, has already courted food companies to build factories in their town, just as a backup plan, in case that automobile industry fails.

Mitsubishi motors

Common People Suffers The Most

Ever since the “scandal” the shops related or connected to Mitsubishi are closing down and that caused the economic avalanche in that area. For example, in “the good times” there were shops with uniforms for the workers and fast food restaurants, but they don’t have any customers now, so they had to be closed. As a domino effect sea food, knitting and sewing, children’s toys and futons suppliers had to close too. Even karaoke bars are empty and ready to be rented.

Citizens of Mizushima and surrounding area are scared, and that is natural.

Suppliers are going to feel it first. Even now, at the beginning of everything, one of the suppliers, who asked to be anonymous, said that he cannot bring his finished components to Mitsubishi for the review like he did in the past. Nissan asked him to submit CAD renderings in advance. (computer assisted design). But he didn’t have that kind of a system, and even if he wanted to implement that kind of a system, he would have to spend additional 30 million yens and a couple of years to train his workers which is impossible. Instead he had to reform his company as a second tier company, which means that they would not be able to provide parts directly to the company, which again means that they will earn a lot less because of the “middle man”.

That is only one of the problems, and there will be lots more in the future. We could only take a look at the countries which went through all those cost savings, and people had to endure. There is place for fear, but not for any panic. Mitsubishi is in good hands, judging by the past.

Is The Fear Necessary?

I believe, and that is my own opinion, that Nissan is not going to hurt Mitsubishi. Those two companies were rivals, but I think that Ghosn doesn’t care about that at all. He is a true businessman and he actually knows what to do in problematic situations just like this one is. He is going to cut some unnecessary costs, sure, but he is not going to destroy Mitsubishi, but revive it in the best way he knows. Why? Because true businessmen doesn’t have emotions, but just smell of money running through their veins. Ghosn is going to order the sharing of platforms, engineering, engines, production facilities and parts. Ghosn himself has said that he sees billions of dollars in cooperation and purchasing, common platforms, cooperation in development and joint plant utilization but he was clear that Mitsubishi has total autonomy and that it won’t be controlled but rather supported by Nissan.

In the end Nissan and Mitsubishi are the main source of “mini cars” and that is the sort of a car that sells the most. So, sleep peacefully, Mizushima – Mitsubishi is going to shine yet again.