Canton, if you’ve never heard of it, is part of what one might refer to as the Mississippi Metroplex, being located in Madison County a bit west of the state capital, Jackson. It’s also one spot in Nissan’s widening U.S. manufacturing footprint, as Nissan’s assembly facility in Canton has variously produced light trucks and SUVs including the Armada, Xterra, and since 2012, the midsize Frontier pickup, whose latest generation first made its way down the line. First opened in 2003, Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant makes extensive use of collaborative robjots – cobots, for short in today’s lingo – which are employed to ensure that repetitive tasks have the same precise outcome with every repetition.
The 2022 Frontier, regardless of how many wheels are driven, uses Nissan’s 3.8-liter direct-injection V-6, with best-in-class 310 standard horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also standard. The V-6 is sourced from another big Nissan operation in the sunbelt, the Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant, located in Decherd, Tennessee, along its southern boundary in Franklin County.