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At a Glance: 2009 Nissan Frontier

The 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 is updated with a new front fascia grille and headlight design and new machine-finished 16-inch wheels (PRO-4X) and new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (LE). 

Additionally, a Frontier PRO-4X off-road model is added, along with new Crew Cab LE and PRO-4X Value Truck Packages (VTP).  Other enhancements include a new center radio and HVAC stack (V6 models), new seat cloth for LE models and two new exterior colors – Red Brick and Navy Blue.

The Nissan Frontier continues to offer an unmatched level of on- and off- road performance with the use of a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine with best-in-segment horsepower, torque, towing and payload specifications.  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.   

Frontier is offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations.  The 2009 Frontier, like the previous generations, is assembled at Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Highlights of the 2009 Nissan Frontier pickup include: 

  • Restyled front fascia grille and headlight design
  • Available in a choice of King Cab or Crew Cab, with Crew Cab SE and LE offering a Crew Cab Long Bed model, measuring more than 13 inches longer than the Crew Cab’s standard bed
  • Aggressive exterior design with chrome, angled strut grille, large bumpers, short front and rear overhangs, large geometric stamped steel fender flares
  • Available high-utility bed with factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track™ bed channel system with adjustable aluminum-alloy tie-down cleats (rated at 200 lbs each)(standard on LE and PRO-4X trims) and available accessory racks, trays, dividers and modular storage systems
  • Available tube-style, functional roof rack on Crew Cab
  • Two new exterior colors – Navy Blue and Red Brick
Engine and Driveline
  • 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque
  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, Teflon®-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Continuous Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain  
  • Available 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder (King Cab 4x2 only) rated at 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque 
  • Available 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission (5-speed manual on 4-cylinder models)
  • 6,500 pounds maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped)
  • Available shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case
  • Available advanced off-road traction systems and substantially enhanced overall off-road capability, including 4-wheel limited slip, electronic locking rear differential, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • PRO-4X model includes off-road tuned Bilstein® high-pressure performance gas shock absorbers, additional skid plates, electronic rear differential locker and limited-slip (ABLS)
  • All-steel double-wishbone front suspension
  • Solid axle leaf rear suspension with overslung leaf springs with long suspension stroke for optimized off-road ride and ground clearance
  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Standard for PRO-4X models are 16-inch off-road design aluminum-alloy wheels and P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires
  • LE models feature new 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/60R18 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires
  • SE models feature new 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires
Interior Features
  • PRO-4X model features leather-appointed red-stitched shifter knob (M/T only) and steering wheel, chrome accent rings and trip computer
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System available with Technology Package
  • Roomy, modern interior design with flexible seating and cargo utility
  • King Cab and Crew Cab feature flip-up rear seats and fold-flat front passenger’s seat
  • Available leather-appointed power-adjustable seats, heated seats and mirrors
  • Available Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD autochanger, optional satellite radio and MP3 capability and WMA/MP3 player aux-in jack (Crew Cab)
Safety and Security
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger classification sensor), 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Available supplemental front seat side-impact air bags with available supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover protection for front and rear passengers
  • 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position (Crew Cab)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system (Crew Cab)
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in King Cab and Crew Cab 4x2 and 4x4 configurations
  • Available in new PRO-4X off-road model, along with XE, SE and LE trim levels
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

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