Announces Most Powerful V6 Pickup
2005 Frontier offers best-in-class horsepower (265) and torque (284)
Nissan Press ReleasePosted:
08-18-04 22:07 PT
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GARDENA, Calif., (August 13, 2004) - Nissan North America, Inc. today
announced best-in-class horsepower and torque ratings for the all-new
Nissan Frontier pickup, which goes on sale at Nissan dealerships nationwide
in December 2004. The completely redesigned 2005 Frontier comes equipped
with an available 4.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve V6 engine that is rated at
265 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. Both figures are expected to be
the highest ratings for any V6-equipped pickup – mid-size or full-size.
“We want to announce the new Frontier’s exceptional horsepower
and torque ratings now to let mid-size truck buyers know that help is
on the way,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager,
Nissan Division. “Frontier’s association with our full-size
Titan goes far beyond its styling – it takes the same bold approach
to offering new, unexpected levels of power, performance and innovation
to buyers tired of the status quo.”
The new Frontier powerplant is derived from the Nissan's award-winning
VQ engine series utilized in the 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest.
The 3.5-liter V6 VQ has been named to Ward’s Communications’
“Ten Best Engines” list for each of the last 10 years.
The new Frontier engine features a longer stroke than the 3.5-liter version
(92.0 mm versus 81.4 mm) and has been specifically tuned for truck applications.
In addition to the taller engine block, the engine has been modified
to include additional block reinforcements and increased main journal
diameter for improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness control).
Like other engines in the VQ series, the new 4.0-liter version includes
such advanced design features as Continuous Valve Timing Control (intake
only), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Nissan Direct
Ignition System (NDIS), silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and
crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum-coated pistons, resin intake manifold,
digital knock control system, high capacity muffler, lightweight aluminum
block and platinum-tipped spark plugs.
The new Frontier powerplant will be produced at Nissan’s engine
assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn. The facility produces 950,000 engines
and 300,000 transaxles annually and recently announced a $47.3 million
expansion program. In addition to the Frontier’s new 4.0-liter V6,
the Decherd plant builds all the engines for the complete line of Nissan
and Infiniti vehicles manufactured in the United States, including a 2.5-liter
4-cylinder, 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.6-liter V8.
Along with its modern, rugged styling, the 2005 Frontier shares a number
of significant features with Nissan’s full-size Titan, including
its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, Utili-track™
bed channel tie-down system and fully boxed, all-steel frame (based on
the Titan “F-Alpha” platform).
The 2005 Frontier will be offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body
styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations. The new Frontier,
like the previous generations, will be assembled at Nissan\'s manufacturing
facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.