This summer, we are getting a novelty in the form of the 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X. This is the off-roading version of an already popular Frontier truck. Already amongst the top-selling pickups, Nissan is trying to improve on that good formula. There are some improvements announced for the Pro-4X. This doesn’t mean just putting beefy tires on it and calling it an off-roader. To make it a good obstacle-tackling beast, designers need to make it look aggressive and mean. Also, it should be functional on bumpy and unfriendly roads. Usually, updated ride height and bumpers are needed.
Different exhaust types, perhaps redesigning the hood to match the style of the truck. Interior also needs to represent the type of truck Pro-4X actually is. There are many trucks that are tailor-made for the wild paths. So 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X needs to be that and then some more. The powertrain is still not definitive but there should be at least a V6 included. Competition is fierce and it will take a lot for Nissan to take home the title of the best off-roader. Let us dig deep into the review and see what makes the 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X so special.
There are numerous changes arriving with the Pro-4X when compared to the regular Frontier truck. First of all, the seats are brand new. They don’t look too stylish. They resemble those of racing cars and rally vehicles. But still, that doesn’t mean they are not comfortable. As a matter of fact, they have extra cushioning and extra lumbar support. We all know how important this is, especially if you plan on spending some extra time in your truck.
And if you go off-roading, which this truck wants to do, then you need to be protected from all the bumpy roads you are going to go over. We are still not sure about the materials offered for those seats but we believe that there will be fabric and suede. Leather is an unlikely material. Simply due to the fact that it can get sticky and uncomfortable on longer rides. Also, it is more likely to tear if it is not top-quality leather. The instrument panel is quite tall when compared to the rest of the cabin but it doesn’t obstruct the view, which is great.
There are four vents and an infotainment system in the middle. It is 8 inches in standard models but you can opt for a bigger one. Which we would highly recommend, in order for everyone to join in on the fun. This means the back row of passengers since Pro-4X can seat five people. This is without sacrificing any comfort and space. Designers made everything inside ergonomic and well placed in order to save space and make room for everything we need.
It is not certain yet what type of cabs will be available but hopefully, they are all full of four doors. There are buttons and knobs around the cabin, which means the truck is not fully minimalistic and futuristic. They are present on the wheel as well which improves the safety aspect. This way driver doesn’t have to look away from the road and can pay attention at all times.
Another way to improve safety in trucks like these is the driver aid software. Systems that are in use nowadays can have pedestrian detection, collision alert, automatic brakes, line change alert, and other amazing features that can save a life in a pinch. It will be interesting to see whether Nissan has tailor-made something similar to SuperCruise hands-free driving. We saw other manufacturers like Ford making software like this and we must say we are quite impressed.
Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Exterior Design
Of all the trim levels on the new Frontier, the 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X should look sportier. After all, this is the staple off-roading version. It has a specifically designed hood that has protrusions in the middle to give it that mean sporty look. It is aggressive model with both front and back bumpers which are prominent. The front mesh is all black with a Nissan writing in the middle. This lets in enough air to keep everything cool under the hood.
That way you can push the truck to its limits while tackling the biggest obstacles. The cargo bed is standard size, 5.5 feet long, and should be able to help you haul anything you can think of. We are not certain of the color palette available for the exterior. Wheel rims are 20 inches of lightweight alloy to save some weight and improve power to weight ratio. This in turn improves fuel economy and makes everyone happy.
Under the hood, the 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is quite impressive. It has a 3.8 liter V6 that uses gasoline. It can put out 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque which doesn’t sound like a lot. But it is more than enough for the Pro-4X to move around. It comes with nine-speed automatic transmission and of course all-wheel drive. Rear and front locking differentials are present as well.
The fuel economy is decent with 17mpg in the city and 22mpg on the open road. Not bad for a V6. A hybrid version is still on the table, we know Nissan is capable of making hybrid powertrains work in big vehicles. This would save people a lot of money on gas and save the environment in return.
2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Price and Release Date
We can expect to see the brand new 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X on the road sometime in early 2023. The date got pushed back a bit due to the pandemic and supply chain issues. Starting price should be around $39000 for the basic version. With everything equipped it could spike up to almost $60000. But we believe that the 2023 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is well worth the price tag.