The Japanese automaker managed to compete against Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet and was based on an older chassis but with enough improvements. After all, it didn't have to change a chassis that was sturdy enough to handle the job; it just needed the power and the amenities to keep it moving.
When Nissan started to upgrade its lineup, it created a new signature on the front fascia with a V-shaped chromed detail. This design element was also shown on the 2018 Frontier. In addition, the headlights were also reshaped. Finally, in the King Cab version, the Japanese pickup sported a pair of rear-hinged half-doors in the back.
Behind the cabin, the King Cab featured one of the longest beds in its family, making it useful for those who needed a light pickup capable enough to carry an ATV or a bike.
Inside, Nissan upgraded the infotainment system and also included a backup camera. However, the cabin was still decorated with hard plastic in all areas. After all, it was a work truck. Still, Nissan offered the Frontier a decent sound system and a center console with two cup holders. In the back of the cabin, the automaker installed two jump seats, just in case someone needed a ride back home. But that area was mostly useful as storage.
Under the hood, Nissan placed its bets on two engines: a 2.5-liter inline-four and a 4.0-liter V6. A five-speed automatic was on the options list, and besides the auto mode, it also offered a manual mode.