New 2001 Nissan Frontier Lineup Previewed at Chicago Auto Show
10 February 2000New 2001 Nissan Frontier Lineup Previewed at Chicago Auto Show; Changes Include Aggressive New Styling and Supercharged V6
CHICAGO, Feb. 9 -- The popular Nissan Frontier compact truck lineup receives a dramatic new appearance, interior upgrades and the addition of a range of new factory-installed supercharged V6 models for the upcoming 2001 model year. The new Frontier line, which goes on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide in late summer, was previewed recently at the Chicago Auto Show. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000209/LAW083-a http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000209/LAW083-b http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000209/LAW083-c http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000209/LAW083-d ) The radically redesigned 2001 Frontier offers 14 different models, including Regular Cab, King Cab, Crew Cab and Desert Runner and three trim levels, giving buyers the ability to choose a truck that perfectly fits their needs and budget. The Frontier's new exterior, created at Nissan Design International, Inc., in La Jolla, Calif., offers a simple, tough, "machine" aesthetic with a powerful front grille and bumper, tall hoodline, oversized headlights and large fender flares featuring visible divot holes and bolts which hold the fender flares to the body. Additional enhancements include new fog lamps (adopted from the 2000 Maxima), new tailgate cover and standard tailgate lock. For the interior, a new instrument cluster with reversible gauges has been added, along with new seat fabric (optional leather on supercharged models and SE Crew Cab), new steering wheel and enlarged knobs and switches. Cruise control switches have now been located on the steering wheel and a new lineup of audio systems, including an available in-dash 6-disc CD changer, has been added. Along with Regular Cab and King Cab models, the 2001 Frontier line continues to offer Crew Cab and Desert Runner models. Introduced as a 2000 model, the Frontier Crew Cab was the first compact truck with four full-size forward-hinged doors offered for sale in the United States. It is available in 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive. The 4x2 Desert Runner is a V6 King Cab compact truck that features the same heavy duty chassis, ride height and stance as the rugged Frontier 4x4 V6. In addition to a choice of a 143-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder and 170-horsepower 3.3-liter SOHC V6, a new factory-installed supercharged version of the 3.3-liter V6 will be offered in select 4x4 and 4x2 models called SC. The new supercharged engine produces an estimated 210 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque. Additional details on the supercharged V6 will be available closer to its late fall 2000 on-sale date. The full range of 14 2001 Frontier models is outlined below: 2.4-liter 4-cyl. 3.3-liter V6 3.3-liter Supercharged V6 XE Regular Cab 4x2 Desert Runner XE 4x2 Desert Runner SC 4x2 XE King Cab 4x2 Desert Runner SE 4x2 SC-V6 King Cab 4x4 XE-V6 King Cab 4x4 SC-V6 Crew Cab 4x2 SE-V6 King Cab 4x4 SC-V6 Crew Cab 4x4 XE-V6 Crew Cab 4x2 XE-V6 Crew Cab 4x4 SE-V6 Crew Cab 4x2 SE-V6 Crew Cab 4x4 Frontier XE Regular Cab 4x2 The 2001 Frontier model lineup begins with the XE Regular Cab 4x2 model. It features a 143-horsepower DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with an electronic multi-point fuel injection system, rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. An independent double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and rear rigid axle with multi-leaf springs provides car-like handling and ride, while the power-assisted front vented disc/rear drum brake system with standard rear anti-lock brakes offers secure braking control. Other standard equipment includes 15-inch styled steel wheels with Bright Silver Sparkle paint, 225/70R15 all-season steel-belted tires, rear step bumper, woven cloth bench seat, LCD odometer with two trip meters, tinted glass, full carpeting, cupholder, power-assisted steering, dual outside mirrors and 3,500-pound towing capacity (manual transmission). Standard safety equipment includes supplemental front dual air bags with a passenger-side air bag shut-off switch, front crumple zone, energy-absorbing steering column, hood buckling creases, pipe-style steel side-door guard beams and a 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system with seat belt pretensioners. Regular Cab XE 4x2 is available with automatic transmission, air conditioning, Sport Package and Value Truck Package. Frontier XE King Cab 4x2 The popular King Cab (Nissan created the original extended cab compact truck in 1977) comes standard with a 60/40 split bench seat and carries all of the added equipment found on XE Regular Cab, along with additional seating for two passengers in the fold-down rear jump seats. Frontier XE King Cab 4x2 is available with a choice of 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. To offer customers an easy way to order the Frontier they want, a number of value-oriented packages are available on the XE King Cab 4x2 model. Among the choices are automatic transmission, Sport Package, Value Truck Package and Power Package. Frontier King Cab 4x4 The Frontier King Cab 4x4 is available in three different models -- XE, SE and SC. XE and SE models come standard with a 3.3-liter V6 engine and the SC model features the factory-installed supercharged engine. All XE models feature 15-inch styled steel wheels with P265/70R15 tires, auto locking hubs, woven cloth bucket seats and dual black outside mirrors and a center console with cup holders. Adding to the XE model, the sporty SE come standard with 16-inch wheels with P265/70R16 tires, dual body-color outside mirrors, sliding rear tinted window, privacy glass, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lamps and variable intermittent windshield wipers. Besides the supercharged engine, all SC models come with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P265/55R17 tires, body-color fender flares, knit bucket seats, 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system and titanium-colored gauges. Many option packages are available on the 4x4 King Cab models including 4-speed automatic transmission, limited-slip differential, Value Truck Package (XE), Power Package (XE and SE), Sport Package (XE, standard on SE) and Leather Package (SC). Frontier Desert Runner Frontier Desert Runner is built on the heavy-duty 4-wheel drive Frontier chassis, giving the 2-wheel drive the same rigidity, ride height, ground clearance and tough look as the 4-wheel drive model. Standard equipment on Frontier Desert Runner is the SOHC 3.3-liter V6 engine, and, at roughly 500 pounds lighter than a 4x4 Frontier King Cab V6, Desert Runner offers the best power-to-weight ratio of any Frontier pickup. Additionally, a supercharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, which produces an estimated 210 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque, is available with the Desert Runner SC. Similar to the 4x4 Frontier V6 models, the new Desert Runner is equipped with standard P265/70R15 tires (XE), P255/65R16 tires (SE) or P265/55R17 (SC), fender flares, skid plates for the engine and fuel tank, a full-size spare and 4-channel, 4-sensor 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). All Frontier Desert Runners are King Cabs and are available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled overdrive automatic transmission. Special badging distinguishes Desert Runner from other Frontier models. Desert Runner is available in XE, SE or SC models with many option packages available, including the Value Truck Package (XE), Sport Package (XE), Power Package (XE and SE) and Leather Package (SC). A limited-slip differential is offered on SE and SC models as a stand-alone option. Frontier Crew Cab Frontier Crew Cab's exterior was designed to be user friendly, as well as reinforce the inherent toughness and dependability of the Frontier model. Four real doors, combined with the rugged look of the Frontier, offer a stylish statement and effectively combine the practicality of an SUV with the open-bed utility of a pickup truck. All Frontier Crew Cabs are built on the heavy-duty 4-wheel drive Frontier chassis, giving the 2-wheel drive the same rigidity, ride height and ground clearance as the 4-wheel drive pickup. Four real doors allow up to five passengers to enter the vehicle with ease. The bed is about 20 inches shorter than the standard Frontier, but within 15 percent of the volume of many competitive extended cab model beds. An optional bed extender enlarges the Crew Cab bed length, rivaling the competition's extended cab beds. The interior of the Frontier Crew Cab combines the comfort and convenience of the current Frontier pickup with many qualities of a sedan. Crew Cab offers provisions for the installation of a child safety seat in the rear passenger area, something lacking in today's extended cab compact truck market. Standard equipment on Frontier Crew Cab is the SOHC 3.3-liter V6 engine, with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled overdrive automatic transmission and a 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive driveline. Also offered is the factory-installed supercharged engine. All Frontier Crew Cabs come standard with a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), actuating on the front disc and rear drum brakes. Also standard is air conditioning, privacy glass on the rear door windows and back glass, rear window defogger, 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system and heavy-duty skid plates. Optional on XE is the Deluxe Package, Sport Package and Power Package. Optional on SE and SC is the Utility Package, Sport Package, Power Package, Leather Package and Sunroof. Frontier Crew Cab can be equipped in a variety of ways to maximize the utility and flexibility of the vehicle, including a tubular-style heavy-duty roof rack, a first among compact trucks. This rack can be fitted with Yakima(R) designed attachments to carry skis, snowboards or mountain bikes while still preserving full use of the bed. Additionally, a variety of accessories help enhance bed utility such as a Bed Extender and a bed-mounted bike rack.