Big news for those who love small trucks: Nissan is doing a new Frontier, and it’s going to make it right here in America.
The current Frontier is one of the longest-running models in the Nissan lineup. It was introduced way back in 2004, and replaced for overseas markets with the new, third-generation NP300/Navara. But the Frontier has soldiered on in its second iteration in North America.
That will finally come to an end, though we can’t say exactly when. All we know at the moment is that it will be built at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi – the same location where the current model has been assembled since it moved there from Tennessee in 2012.
The Canton plant also produces the larger Titan pickup, NV vans, and Murano crossover. Since its opening in 2003, the facility has assembled over three million vehicles.
“Nissan is proud to call Mississippi home, and the Canton plant is a crucial element in our company’s global production chain,” said Nissan North America chief José Muñoz. “Today’s announcement underscores this facility and our local employees are extraordinarily important to Nissan. The Canton workforce’s dedication and commitment to excellence have helped Nissan thrive in the U.S., our most important market.”
Nissan has sold the current D40-generation Frontier under different names in different markets, and rebadged it as the Equator for Suzuki as well. The newer D23-model Navara, meanwhile, has also yielded the Renault Alaskan and Mercedes X-Class – neither of which are slated to come to North America either. The new Frontier is expected to be an entirely different model.