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New NISMO off-roading accessories add capability to Nissan Frontier, Titan, Xterra

Nissan is adding new NISMO accessories to its parts catalogue.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO Performance is usually associated with high-performance Nissan cars, like the GT-R. The automaker has announced a new lineup of NISMO performance parts exclusively for the 2020 Nissan Frontier that will enhance the truck's off-road prowess.

The parts list includes a new suspension kit, off-road bumper, off-road lighting, and off-road wheels. The NISMO off-road Performance Suspension Kit was developed in partnership with Bilstein and is specifically tuned to compensate for the additional weight larger overloading equipment such as camping gear and off-road tires, can add to a vehicle. The suspension's front and rear shocks allow for additional wheel travel while the rear shocks feature remote reservoir technology. It adds up to a 2-inch lift to the model's ride height.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road The new bumper is winch-capable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The NISMO off-road Bumper is the first in a series of new off-road bumpers for Nissan trucks and SUVs. It's constructed of high-tensile steel and finished with a textured powered coat. It weighs just 105 pounds and features two attachment points for recovery shackles and accommodation for lights. The bumper is designed to be winch-capable.

A new line of LED off-road lighting has been designed in partnership with Rigid Industries. The NISMO off-road Lighting range will include a selection of round and square pot lamps and a variety of sizes of light bars with varying beam patterns. Initial housing will be set of 6-inch round driving lamps set in aluminum housings with white accent backlighting and an output of 8,600 lumens.

NISMO off-road wheels as custom designed and manufactured for NISMO. They're 17-inchers with a 6x114.3 bolt pattern and +30mm of backspacing. Their load rate is 1,950 pounds, which is above OEM spec. The wheels are finished in Axis Gray paint and have a NISMO center cap. They're designed and tested to SAE J2530 standards.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wheel The new wheels measure 17-inches.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO off-road parts will be available for the 2005-2020 model year Frontier, 2016-2021 model year TITAN and 2005-2015 model year Xterra later this fall, and will also be offered on the forthcoming, next-generation Frontier. Products will be available through Nissan dealers, select NISMO retailers or via NISMOparts.nissanusa.com.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wild grace Team Wild Grace will pilot the Frontier in the Rebelle Rally.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The parts will first be tried out publicly at the Rebelle Rally this week. Nissan is fielding a truck piloted by Team Wild Grace. Team co-captains Sedona Blinson and Lyn Woodward have their sights set on first place. "We've taken the 2020 Frontier on a couple of trial runs, and it's been an absolute rock star," said Woodward. "I'm very excited about the extra power in the V6 – it's a solid truck, and that's what you need to compete out here. Our first goal is to always compete hard, but I don't see any reason why Sedona and I can't win it all this year."

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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