Nissan North America’s Smyrna manufacturing plant has built its first production Frontier midsize pickup. It’s the second truck-based product launch for the Tennessee facility this year.

“This 2005 Frontier is another milestone for us,” said Dan Gaudette, senior vice president of North American Manufacturing and Quality Assurance for Nissan North America, Inc. “We opened this plant in 1983 with a compact pickup truck which, by 1997, had evolved into the Frontier pickup. Today, we’re launching the third generation Frontier.”

The new Frontier, which will be offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations, is built on the same platform as the full-size Titan truck.

The Frontier has a new four-litre DOHC V6 engine producing 265 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque and built at the company’s Decherd, Tennessee assembly plant.

Early next year Smyrna will launch the 2005 Xterra compact SUV.