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Destination Frontier

Nissan Project Truck an Attainable Overlander

Nissan recently showcased two special project vehicle builds featuring a long list of aftermarket upgrades during Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona.

One of the projects, a Nissan Titan called the Ultimate Parks TITAN, is a purpose-built park support vehicle that will be donated to the Grand Canyon Conservancy through the carmaker’s partnership with the National Park Foundation.

The other project, a Nissan Frontier named Destination Frontier, was created to demonstrate a high-quality overlanding truck built on a budget, according to Nissan.

Last week we took a closer look at the Titan; today it’s the Frontier’s turn.

Destination Frontier

While overlanding is often thought to be only for ultra-expensive modified trucks and SUVs, the Destination Frontier one-off truck can be recreated for around $40,000, according to Nissan.

Starting with a 2019 Frontier Crew Cab SV 4x4 Midnight Edition, the modifications concentrate on enhanced ground clearance and overall body and drivetrain protection from off-trail obstacles.

“We believe Destination Frontier will spark the imagination of customers who would like to get into overlanding, but don’t want to spend a fortune in the process,” said Tiago Castro, director of light commercial vehicles for Nissan North America Inc.

First, a Nisstec 3-inch lift kit and Nitto Trail Grappler off-road tires mounted on American Racing AX201 wheels were installed, providing the overlanding-necessitated extra height and rough-terrain traction.

A Hefty Fabworks front bumper, skid plates and rock sliders protect the engine, transmission and body. Also added up-front was a Warn Industries ZEON 10-S winch, a Warn winch roller fairlead and a Warn Epic winch hook for helping negotiate extra-tough situations.

Since overlanding adventures are known to extend beyond simple day trips, a Leitner Designs bed rack, topped with a CVT Mt. Shasta rooftop tent, was added along with items such as a Dometic fridge/freezer and slider, a Rhino Rack Pioneer Tray and a Baja Designs LP6 Pro lights.

Helping keep the dirt and mud where it belongs—off the carpet—are WeatherTech floor mats.