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2012 Nissan Frontier At A Glance (Press Release)

2012 Nissan Frontier: At A Glance

The Nissan Frontier, which combines premium hardware, extraordinary power and off-road athleticism, continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment. With a choice of two body configurations, 4×4 and 4×2 drive, powerful 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 or 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (King Cab only) engines, and good fuel mileage (17 city, 21 highway, King Cab 2WD), Frontier again offers exceptional levels of family or workplace performance to fit nearly any need or budget.

Revisions for the 2012 model year include the addition of a new Sport Appearance Package on King Cab and Crew Cab SV models. The Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch SL aluminum-alloy wheels and front grille with Dark Hyper Silver finish, body-color front and rear bumpers, sport cloth seat trim with embroidered Frontier logo, fog lights, body side “Frontier” sport graphic, white-faced gauges, Bluetooth® Hands Free Phone System and much more.

Other enhancements for 2012 include the addition of standard 2-Wheel Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on 4-cylinder engine equipped models, and three new exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Metallic Blue and Lava Red.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup include:


  • Available in a choice of King Cab or Crew Cab, with Crew Cab SV and SL offering a Crew Cab Long Bed model, measuring more than 13 inches longer than the Crew Cab’s standard bed
  • Aggressive exterior design with chrome, angled strut grille, large bumpers, short front and rear overhangs, large geometric stamped steel fender flares
  • Available high-utility bed with factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track™ bed channel system with adjustable aluminum-alloy tie-down cleats (standard on SL and PRO-4X trims) and available accessory racks, trays, dividers and modular storage systems
  • Available tube-style, functional roof rack on Crew Cab
  • Available power tilt and sliding moonroof (Crew Cab only)
  • Seven available exterior colors, including new Brilliant Silver, Metallic Blue and Lava Red and carryover colors Red Brick, Super Black, Night Armor and Avalanche

Engine and Driveline

  • 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque
  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, Teflon®-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Continuous Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain
  • Available 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder (King Cab 4×2 only) rated at 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission (5-speed manual on 4-cylinder models)
  • 6,500 pounds maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped)
  • Available shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on all models
  • Standard 2-Wheel Brake Limited Slip (2WD models) or 4-Wheel Brake Limited Slip (4WD models)
  • Available electronic locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (4WD automatic transmission models only)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • PRO-4X model includes off-road tuned Bilstein® high-pressure performance gas shock absorbers, skid plates (oil pan, fuel tank), electronic rear differential locker (4×4 only) and limited-slip (ABLS)
  • All-steel double-wishbone front suspension
  • Solid axle leaf rear suspension with overslung leaf springs with long suspension stroke for optimized off-road ride and ground clearance
  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Standard for PRO-4X models are 16-inch off-road design aluminum-alloy wheels and P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires
  • Crew Cab SL models feature 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/60R18 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires
  • SV models feature 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires
  • SV Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dark Hyper Silver finish and P265/60R18 BFG Long Trail tires

Interior Features

  • Roomy, modern interior design with flexible seating and cargo utility
  • PRO-4X model features leather-appointed red-stitched shifter knob (M/T only) and steering wheel, chrome accent rings and trip computer
  • King Cab and Crew Cab feature flip-up rear seats and flat-fold front passenger’s seat
  • Available leather-appointed power-adjustable seats, heated seats and mirrors
  • Available Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD autochanger, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and MP3 capability and WMA/MP3 player aux-in jack (Crew Cab)
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)

Safety and Security

  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger classification sensor)
  • Standard front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position (Crew Cab)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in King Cab and Crew Cab 4×2 and 4×4 configurations
  • Available S, SV, SL and PRO-4X (4×4 only) trim levels
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

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