Crain News Service report
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s “Frontier Attack” concept vehicle, based on the company's Frontier pick-up, is inspired by extreme monster trucks.
The Attack is the work of Nissan Design Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and while it is not slated for distribution in the U.S., it sure turned heads at the International Auto Show of Buenos Aires 2017, held in June in Argentina.
Powered by a 2.3-liter diesel engine, a manual six-speed gearbox and a rear multilink suspension with a rigid axle, Nissan said the truck is intended to handle Latin America's roads and terrain. It achieves maximum torque at lower rpm, with maximum torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.
As was the case with its Kicks Concept in 2015 in Brazil, Nissan said that through the Frontier Attack's unveiling at the auto show, it hoped to find out what Argentineans thought about the truck, setting the basis for a potential production version of the vehicle in the future.
“Those who knew nothing about the project and had never heard of the Frontier Attack named it ‘the beast' when they saw it for the first time — a name that the design team soon adopted,” said Robert Bauer, chief designer of the Nissan design team in Rio de Janeiro. “With its aggressive design inspired by off-road fans in Latin America and imposing ‘monster-trucks,' the Attack is ready to overcome any barrier placed in front of it.”