The D22 and D40 generations of the Nissan Datsun Truck line of pickup trucks that started in 1935 are called Nissan Frontier in the United States, Nissan Navara in most of Europe and Australia, and Nissan Terrano in Chile. Frontiers are currently built in Smyrna, Tennessee, like its immediate predecessor, the Nissan Hardbody Truck.
The Frontier which is the American name for the model known as the Navara in most parts of the world was introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year as a replacement for the aging 1986-1997 Nissan Hardbody Truck. Nissan first offered the Frontier with a 4-cylinder engine, the KA24DE, but added the V6 engine, the VG33E in 1999.
That changed, with the introduction of the 2000 Frontier Crew Cab. The Crew Cab was the first compact pickup to offer a 4-door body-style in North America. Until that point, crew cabs were heavy duty versions of full-size trucks and were mainly used as commercial vehicles, although four-door compact pickups existed in Asia and Europe for decades.
For 2001, Nissan facelifted the Frontier, introducing bolder styling in an effort to make it more appealing to younger buyers in its second generation. The Frontier was completely redone after the 2004 model year, which later resulted in the suspension of the regular cab model, indefinitely.
In the Philippines, the Bravado is still under production in Nissan's Santa Rosa, Laguna plant. It is powered by Nissan's TD27 l4 direct injection diesel engine that produces 84 horsepower (63 kW) and 176nm of torque and mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. It features sturdy cargo hooks to secure cargo in place, a double walled tailgate that is strong enough to slide in heavy cargo to the trucks bed, a divider well to separate cargo, and a sturdy frame guard to tie down and secure cargo in place. For durability, this model is equipped with double walled rear side panels for demanding work. The Bravado is offered as a utilitarian, workhorse vehicle and is not equipped with 4WD.
Initially, the Frontier was considered a compact, but beginning with the totally redesigned model year 2005 Frontier (introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show), it became more mid-sized. It uses the new Nissan F-Alpha platform and exterior body styling resembles that of the company's full-size Nissan Titan truck.
The new truck's wheelbase is 125.9 in (3.20 m) with a 205.5 in (5.22 m) overall length. Towing capacity is 6500 lb (2,950 kg). A 4.0 L VQ-family V6, the VQ40DE, is the standard engine, and it produces a respectable 265 hp (198 kW) with 284 ft(385 N·m) of torque. Also available is the QR25DE four-cylinder engine, which is also found in the Sentra SE-R Spec V sports sedan. A six-speed manual is standard with a five-speed automatic optional. Both rear and four-wheel drive are available. Traction control and hill-descent control are also available.
The Frontier is called Navara when sold in Europe. The engine is a 2.5 L diesel, with 144 hp (107 kW) or 174 hp (130 kW). The stronger version has a massive 403 Nm of torque.
Suzuki will market a Frontier-based mid-sized pickup that will be produced by Nissan North America at the Smyrna plant. The truck debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show as the Suzuki Equator. For 2009 the Frontier will get a face lift with more options, colors, and new wheels. The nismo model will be replaced by a new PRO-4X model.