Nissan Frontier Desert Runner debuts as an off-road version of its pickup truck


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Nissan has upgraded its popular pickup truck into the Frontier Desert Runner model. It comes with advanced features and higher performance.

Nissan is out with a brand-new model – the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner. The rugged-looking vehicle debuts at the 2019 SEMA Show. If you are a fan of the automaker’s pickup truck, you will love this one as both vehicles share a lot of similarities. Simply put, the Desert Runner is an off-road model of the truck.


The Desert Runner is simply an off-road version bearing the power of its popular pickup truck

1. How powerful is Nissan Frontier Desert Runner?

Several changes were made to ensure that the Desert Runner offered more than its inspiration model. First is the engine. It boasts of a V8 engine of 5.6 liters offered in the Titan model. The supercharged engine is further enhanced with a custom intercooler and Garrett turbocharger. Some of its internal instruments were changed too. These include the valves, camshafts and pistons. The output gets a boost with a new exhaust and custom headers.

Nissan is optimistic that the output of the model will be up to par as it overs more than 600 horsepower in addition to its 700 pound feet of torque. All this power is triggered by a 6-speed manual transmission. Drivetrain configuration of the truck is pegged at 4X2.


The Desert Runner is powered by a supercharged V8 high performance engine

The Desert Runner has an inbuilt custom suspension that keeps it going despite the obstacles on off-road terrains. The ride gets better with a front suspension kit as well as King Racing triple by-pass coilovers and front shocks. The driver gets a good view of the road ahead – thanks to the large light bars that brighten the road.

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These racing seats keep occupants safe on the move

2. What's new in Nissan Frontier Desert Runner design?

In terms of appearance, the Desert Runner looks beautifully rugged. On both ends are redesigned bumpers and new fenders. There is room to accommodate a rear wheel in a custom carrier.

Not much changes were made to the interior. Special coating is embellished on the floor, enhancing the new racing seats.


The interior design isn't overboard, it's suitable for an off-roader.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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