Nissan Confirms Next-Gen Frontier Will Be Produced at Canton Plant
Mississippi Plant Home to Titan, Titan XD, and Current Frontier
Nissan is committing to produce the next-generation Frontier midsize pickup at the same Canton, Mississippi, plant where the current generation has been produced since 2012. Nissan Canton, a 4.7 million-square-foot facility, has built more than 3 million vehicles since it opened in 2003.
"Today's announcement underscores this facility and our local employees are extraordinarily important to Nissan,” said Nissan North America Chairman and Nissan Motor Co. Chief Performance Officer José Muñoz. “The Canton workforce's dedication and commitment to excellence have helped Nissan thrive in the U.S., our most important market."
It’s not certain when the U.S. market will receive the next-generation Frontier, but we expect to see a production-intent model within the next year, perhaps as soon as the 2018 North American International Auto Show in January. Nissan has already revealed the NP300/Navara pickup found in international markets (as well as its Renault Alaskan and Mercedes-Benz X-Class platform-mates), and we’ve seen a crash-test mule on our shores before, so it’s possible we’ll get the new Frontier for 2019. That would be just in time for it to do battle against the forthcoming Ford Ranger. The next decade is going to be a wonderful time for smallish pickups.
In addition to the current Frontier, Nissan Canton builds the Titan and Titan XD pickups, as well as the NV Cargo and Passenger vans and the Murano crossover. According to the plant’s website, it employs 6,400 people, and a study by Mississippi State University suggested that for every job created at Canton, an average of 2.9 jobs are created at other businesses statewide.