Rather than selling a version of the truck in North America that it showed today, Nissan is trying to re-work the D22 Frontier to market a small, affordable pickup truck here according to The Truth About Cars. Speaking with TTAC, a supplier source revealed that the company is working on updating the D22 truck still sold in certain world markets to meet U.S. crash and emissions standards.
Said to be based on the NP300 pickup, the new truck would be smaller than mid-size pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and upcoming Canyon/Colorado from GM. The forthcoming smaller pickup trucks from those companies are still large and Nissan is reportedly taking advantage of existing older technology while retrofitting it to meet the latest standards along with newly designed sheet metal.
The older structure could help Nissan save weight compared to the current Frontier, which uses a shared version of the same chassis as the Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56. Modernizing the old truck will likely add weight, but at roughly 3,800 lbs, the NP300 Crew Cab is still hundreds of pounds lighter than the North American Frontier.
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[Source: The Truth About Cars]