The latest from Nissan is a Frontier that’ll let you explore, well, the frontier. The Destination Frontier is a blueprint for an adventure travel rig that is affordable. At least by overlanding standards.
Where custom-built off-road overlanding rigs based on commercial truck platforms can let you camp out just about anywhere in the world, limited only by your imagination and timeline, they can easily cost well into the six figures. Nissan’s is about US $40,000.
Overlanding is basically a combination of off-roading, camping, and RVing. Instead of following the usual trails and staying in campsites, you venture off into the wilderness. The forest, the jungle, the desert, whatever terrain you want to visit. All of your gear is in your vehicle, so when you find a place you like you can just park, set up the stove, and enjoy dinner and a beer followed by a good night’s sleep. In a place so remote that your phone hasn’t worked in hours. But it’s traditionally the realm of expensive custom builds.
Nissan’s rig started with a 2019 Frontier Crew Cab SV. 4×4, of course. Then Nissan went through its own parts catalogues and those of some partners in order to make it overlanding ready.
“This special Destination Frontier is designed to do two things: first, demonstrate Frontier’s durability, quality and reliability, even when travelling to remote destinations. And second, to help democratize the overlanding experience by showing a more affordable approach to the sport,” said Tiago Castro, director, Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc.
To let it handle off-road conditions, Nissan added a Nisstec 3.0-inch lift. Plus Nitto Trail Grappler tires on American Racing wheels. Protecting the underbelly from rocks and logs are skid plates and rock sliders from Hefty Fabworks. There’s a Hefty front bumper that supports a Warn Industries winch along with a pair of Baja Designs LP6 lights to make the night a little less dark.
For making the camping more comfortable, a Leitner Designs bed rack supports a CVT rooftop tent and a Rhino Rack Pioneer Tray platform. Because overlanding means staying in the wilderness for long periods of time, the bed rack can hold water and fuel containers up out of the bed, using otherwise wasted space. Nissan has also added a Dometic fridge/freezer to help keep your food safe on the trail.
All powered by Nissan’s 4.0L V6 that makes 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The truck is on display at the 2019 Overland Expo West this weekend in Flagstaff, AZ.