Nissan reveals updated Xterra and Frontier for 2009
Click either image to view high res galleriesThough sales of pickups and SUVs are falling, these vehicles still need to be updated from time to time. That time is the 2009 model year for Nissan Xterra SUV and Frontier pickup. The Japanese automaker has revealed that both models will be getting their front ends tweaked, along with new wheel options and optional Roof Mounted Off Road Lights built into the roof rack of the dam of the Xterra. The Frontier line will also get beefed up with a new PRO 4X off road model (not shown yet, images coming later). The instrument panel of both models has also been upgraded with new displays and switchgear and new upholstery options for the seats. Nissan has also decided to make most of the Xterra’s optional Technology package, including a Rockford Fosgate sound system, XM satellite radio, Bluetoth, redundant steering wheel controls and an iPod jack, standard equipment for 2009. It appears most of these changes are cosmetic, trim and equipment related, as no mechanical upgrades are listed except for the arrival of the Frontier PRO 4X model and its heavier duty hardware. In these times when development funds are being diverted to more fuel efficient offerings rather than trucks and SUVs, fans of the Xterra and Frontier should be pleased Nissan changed anything at all. Check out our high res galleries below that also includes a pic of each interior, and we’ll be adding more images as soon as Nissan makes them available. “Since inception, Xterra has represented an authentic expression of adventure focused design, both in aesthetic appeal and real world functionality. All 2009 Xterra models feature an advanced 4.0 liter DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb ft of torque, along with a rugged “F Alpha” truck platform for adventure ready performance. The “F Alpha” platform is shared with the full size Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SUV. It also offers a large, powerful looking hood and headlights and Nissan SUV style angled strut grille. For 2009, the shape of the grille and front bumper fascia have been modified and there are two new grille treatments a Sandblast Aluminum finish for X, S and Off Road models and Satin Chrome finish for Xterra SE models. SE models also receive a newly designed body colored side molding treatment. X and S models receive a newly designed black headlight inner housing surround. Other exterior enhancements include new Roof Mounted Off Road Lights built into the roof rack air dam as a standard feature for Off Road models, along with new side step and roof rail colors and a new 4×4 badge on Xterra 4 wheel drive models. New wheel designs are also featured on all models, including a new 16 inch bright machine finished wheel for the Xterra Off Road. Xterra’s flexible interior is spacious enough for up to five adults and their gear, with ample leg room, headroom and cargo room. A standard 60/40 hermes split folding stadium style rear seat with removable seat bottom cushions and an available fold down front passenger seat (SE and Off Road models) create added utility for hauling long recreational gear. There’s also an available built in first aid kit and space to securely carry jugs up to a one gallon size. Securing bike racks and other accessories or gear is made easier with an available adjustable channel system in the cargo floor, similar in design to the Utili track system offered on the Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups. Xterra Off Road models feature Bilstein high performance gas shocks, a rear tire deflector and skids plates covering the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case (4WD only). Powering Xterra is a standard 4.0 liter DOHC V6, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb ft torque. The engine is an increased displacement version of Nissan’s VQ engine series found in the 350Z, Maxima and Altima. Other engine features include Teflon pistons, resin intake manifold, digital knock control system, 105,000 mile spark plugs and high capacity muffler. Xterra 4×4 models feature a part time 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case. Wheel and tire packages include 16 inch steel wheels with P265/70R16 tires for Xterra X models and new design 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires on Xterra S models. Xterra Off Road models feature new 6 spoke 16 inch machine finished aluminum alloy wheels with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires. For 2009, all Xterras also come with standard roof mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear seat outboard occupant head protection. The Off Road model is available in 4 wheel drive only, while the X, S and SE are offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. 2009 Nissan Frontier Receives Freshened Exterior, New PRO 4X Model and New Value Truck PackagesThe Nissan Frontier, a no compromise pickup forged with premium hardware, extraordinary power and off road athleticism, continues to be a leader in the mid size truck segment. Improving its already impressive packaging, the 2009 Frontier gets updated with a new front fascia grille and headlight design and new 16 inch and 18 inch wheels. With its strong performance, combined with good fuel mileage (17 city, 21 highway, King Cab 2WD), the Frontier is a fitting truck for work or play.”The Frontier offers the capability and styling of a full size truck, off road performance credentials, innovative versatility and interior comfort. It’s designed and built for those who are active, love the outdoors and want to maximize their life experiences,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America hermes , Inc. “And, the new Crew Cab LE and PRO 4X Value Truck Packages for 2009 make an already a strong value an even easier way to enjoy a new Frontier.”The 2009 Frontier is offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations. The Frontier, like the previous generations, is assembled at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. Bold Truck Styling and Innovative VersatilityThe mid size Nissan Frontier emulates many of Nissan Titan’s full size features, including its bold, expressive and adventurous exterior styling. Frontier utilizes signature Nissan truck themes, including an angled strut grille, large bumpers, short front and rear overhangs and large, stamped steel, geometric fender flares. For 2009, Frontier features a restyled front fascia/grille design and new headlight design. LE models offer new 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels, SE models feature new 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels and PRO 4X models receive new machine finished 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels. Both Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab models offer an available high utility bed that includes a factory applied spray on bedliner and the Utili track tie down system. The Utili track system, first introduced on Titan, provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special “C” cross section rails mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel). Removable utility cleats slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for securing cargo. In addition to the tie down cleats, a full range of accessories is offered for use with the channel system, including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units. New Frontier PRO 4X Off Road ModelFrontier’s all new PRO 4X trim offers drivers outstanding off road flexibility, pairing Frontier’s already impressive list of standard equipment features with the PRO 4X’s off road performance enhancements. The PRO 4X features Bilstein off road high pressure shock absorbers, additi hermes onal skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case, an electronic rear differential locker, 2 or 4 wheel limited slip (ABLS) and unique machine finished 16 inch aluminum alloy off road wheels with large BFGoodrich P265/75R16 Rugged Trail tires. Inside, the PRO 4X receives styling cues that differentiate it from the rest of the Frontier lineup including leather appointed red stitched shifter knob (M/T only) and steering wheel, chrome accent ring around the white faced meter gauges and trip computer. The PRO 4X Value Truck Package (Crew Cab) adds unique black leather appointed front seats with red stitching, along with 8 way power driver’s seat, 4 way power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, dual heated outside mirrors and rear fold down center armrest. PRO 4X King Cab models receive a factory applied spray on bedliner, bed rail caps, Utili track channel system and four adjustable tie down cleats (standard on Crew Cab). All PRO 4Xs feature body colored grille and bumpers, outside mirrors and door handles and fog lamps. Both Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab feature large rear doors (rear hinged on King Cab) for easy access to the rear seating and cargo areas. The Frontier King Cab features flip up rear seats and both cab styles offer excellent cab storage and flexibility. Removable storage boxes are tucked beneath the rear seats, while the front passenger seat folds flat for added load carrying capacity (not available on leather trimmed models). A dual glove box with lock, damper and lamp, center console storage, one liter bottle storage integrated into the front doors and a multitude of cupholders and power points are standard. Frontier Crew Cab also offers an available leather appointed interior and available tilt and sliding moonroof. Power for an Active LifestyleThe heart and soul of the Frontier is its rugged F Alpha platform. Starting with a full size, fully boxed ladder frame, the F Alpha platform provides a rugged foundation on which to build. Constructed of high tensile strength steel, which is 90 percent stronger and 22 percent lighter than conventional steel, the platform improves structural rigidity for rock solid performance on and off road. Frontier’s long 125.9 inch wheelbase helps enhance ride comfort and stability, while the overall length of 205.5 inches (King Cab and Crew Cab Regular Bed) is a perfect “activity size” for buyers who don’t need a true full size pickup. The 2009 Frontier shares its suspension layout and many component designs with the Titan, including its all steel double wishbone front suspension and solid axle rear suspension with overslung leaf springs and a long suspension stroke for optimized off road dynamics. Frontier provides exceptional acceleration, towing capacity and all around off roading ability, due in large measure to its powerful engine a 4.0 liter DOHC V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb ft of torque. The 4.0 liter DOHC V6 is based on the award winning Nissan VQ engine series used in the 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest, but is specifically tuned for the unique demands of truck use. Besides smooth torque delivery, the V6 offers excellent fuel efficiency and smooth operation. The 4.0 liter V6 design includes a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, Teflon pistons, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock control system, high capacity muffler, lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads and 105,000 mile spark plugs. Frontier 4×4 models include a shift on the fly 4 wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part time transfer case. An advanced off road traction system is available with 4×4 models. It includes a 4 wheel limited slip system, which helps transfer power to the drive wheels with m hermes ore grip on low traction surfaces. The available Hill Descent Control feature allows slow hill descent without the constant application of the brake pedal. Hill Descent Control must be engaged by the driver (via a switch) and is available only when the transfer case is engaged in 4H or 4LO (it works in both forward and reverse). It can be activated at speeds up to 21 mph in 4H and 15 mph in 4LO. Hill Start Assist allows the driver to stop on an incline, release the brake pedal and not roll back for up to two seconds while the driver moves their foot to the accelerator for a smooth, controlled start. HSA is available on 4×4 models in 2WD, 4H and 4LO. Frontier is offered with a range of available wheels and tires, including 16 inch off road style wheels with rugged P265/75R16 white letter tires and 18 inch wheels with P265/60R18 tires. Frontier’s maximum towing capacity is rated at up to 6,500 pounds (maximum, when properly equipped).
“In these times when development funds are being diverted to more fuel efficient offerings rather than trucks and SUVs, fans of the Xterra and Frontier should be pleased Nissan changed anything at all.”Xcuse me? A Frontier could be fuel efficient, if it had a four banger that didn’t suck. That 152 hp engine doesn’t cut it on a vehicle this size, which is why it gets 21 mpg with a manual and only 19 with an automatic. The engine’s power is sucked away by the slushbox. If Nissan really cared about me as an efficiency minded consumer, they would add 20 hp and 20 lb ft. Automakers build their “compact” trucks out of big heavy fullsize frames and then wonder why people won’t buy them. It’s the fuel economy, Nissan. If I wanted a midsize truck I’d buy a Dakota. Sorry Nissan.
June 03 2008 at 2:36 PM
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