Nissan is making enthusiasts drool with a new NISMO off-road pickup that packs a punch. It answers the question: What happens if you take a 400-horsepower V8 engine from a full-size truck and put it in a midsize? Well, you get the NISMO Off Road Frontier V8 pickup concept that Nissan is showing off at the SEMA show this week.
Concept trucks like this Frontier almost never see production, but the accessories the company is showing off, like the non-drilled roof rack, will likely see production. We say, “Bring ’em on.”
Will Nissan ever build this truck?
Of course, show trucks like this are never built. Right? Kind of. The RAM TRX concept grew out of a car show. So did the Bronco. But then so did the sad Plymouth Prowler and Chevy SSR, so it’s understandable that manufacturers are notoriously coy when it comes to making vehicles that just grab the headlines.
The truck also has a wide track suspension created with lower control arms, front axles, wheel hubs and rear axle from a Titan. The suspension also features custom upper control arms and NISMO/Bilstein coilover shocks and a custom rear leaf spring package with NISMO/Bilstein external reservoir shocks to increase ride height and payload capacity. The Frontier concept gets a custom widebody kit with carbon fiber front fenders, hood and bedsides, plus a prototype NISMO Off Road front bumper that improves the truck’s approach angle and tire clearance .
If we had a Magic 8-Ball to ask, “Will Nissan build this wonderful truck?” He would probably say, “The signs point to no.” However, we’d love to get behind the wheel of a midsize truck that has the power of a Titan truck, which is more than any standard midsize truck we can imagine. Even the Ranger Raptor only makes 274 horsepower, according to Engine1who did a dynamometer test.
What Nissan Frontier accessories can we expect to see soon?
Nissan, bring us the undrilled roof rack. The NISMO pickup has a custom roof rack that looks good, especially with lights, that also adds some functionality. It would look good on a Pro-4x Frontier. But, since Nissan calls it the Drill-Free Roof Rack, we can assume it bolts to the roof channels instead, keeping the truck weather-tight.
Pre-runner truck fans would love to have the spare wheel and tire carriers in the box, as well as the widebody kit. It would be nice to see NISMO Off Road Axis wheels for the Frontier, but today they are only available for the Titan and Armada.
Does this truck mean we’ll see more off-road products from Nissan?
Like we said, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see a truck this crazy from Nissan to show up at your local dealer. Nissan says in its press release about the truck, “The concept showcases a range of new NISMO Off Road accessories that will soon be available from Nissan dealers, as well as some prototype NISMO Off Road parts that may be available in the future. .”
While we probably won’t be able to build this truck, it shows that Nissan is committed to the 2023 Frontier and making accessories for the truck. The bike rack and spare tire carriers should be fairly easy to make. Whether we’ll get the fancy new suspension or the cat-back exhaust remains to be seen.
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