In 1988, Nissan released a new line of compact pickup trucks to further increase its market share—the Pickup. Although it was renamed in 1997, this line is still considered by many as one of the best compact pickup truck lines in the history of the automobile industry. Through its long-lasting engine and affordability, the Pickup has inspired many car manufacturers around the world.
1988-1989: First model
When the first model of the Nissan Pickup was released in 1988, it was powered by a 2.4 L standard engine that was coupled to a four-speed manual overdrive. This engine was able to produce as much as 106 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque during that time. What's more, this model had an average mpg of 22 in the city and 26 in the highway.
1990-1991: Second model
Two years after it was introduced, the Nissan pickup had some minor upgrades. One of the most notable changes that were done during this period was the installation of the improved 2.4 L engine. From 106 horsepower, the improved engine was able to generate 134 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and 154 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 RPM.
1992-1993: Third model
During this period, the Pickup line underwent some aesthetic and drivetrain changes. One of these changes is the availability of the five-speed manual overdrive and 4-speed automatic overdrive models. Another improvement was the increased MPG from 22 to 23 in cities and 26 to 27 in highways. In terms of aesthetic changes, the Pickup that was produced in 1993 had a somewhat new body style, improved instrument panel, and classic-looking dashboard. What's more, this model year also saw the installation of the R134A air conditioning system making the Pickup the first vehicle line to use the said system in the automobile industry.
1994-1995: Fourth model
From 1994 to 1995, the Pickup was not subjected to many major facelifts. Aside from the removal of the 4-speed automatic overdrive option for the 2WD Regular Cab models, the Pickup remained the same under the hood. Nonetheless, the interior was refreshed for a more comfortable driving experience, and an ergonomic-style dashboard was installed. Also, for the 1995 model year, this vehicle line started to comply with the regulation of the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding headlights. As a result, Pickups begun to be equipped with brake lights over their rear cabs.
1996-1997: Last model
In its last years, the Nissan Pickup did not undergo many changes. Nonetheless, in compliance with the OBD-II emissions law of the United States, Nissan installed driver's side airbags on Pickups. Internationally, this line was sold with different kinds of economical engines such as the 1.6-litre gasoline and 2.7-litre diesel four-cylinder engines. Unfortunately, in 1998, the line ended when it was renamed as the Frontier in the U.S.