You won't recognize the all-new Nissan Frontier.
At long last, the Nissan Frontier is getting a much-needed redesign. Having been on sale since 2004, Nissan's midsize pickup truck is woefully outdated compared to its more modern rivals like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Colorado. However, the Nissan Frontier starts at just $19,090, making it significantly cheaper than its competitors. The new Nissan Frontier is expected to receive some significant changes under the hood, and now Autoblog has uncovered more details about Nissan's redesigned midsize pickup.
Dealer sources have already seen the new pickup behind closed doors and have told the publication the new Nissan Frontier will sport an all-new design that will look radically different to the current Frontier. It's expected to be inspired by the Warrior design seen on the new Nissan Titan, meaning it will look much more aggressive and squared-off.
While the new Frontier was expected to ride on an updated version of the current model's platform, sources claim it will ride on a shortened and modified Titan chassis. A recent report claimed the new Frontier will be powered by a 3.5-liter gasoline V6, but Autoblog's sources say it will use a new 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.8-liter matches the GT-R's engine displacement, but this is where the similarities will likely end. There's also a good chance the nine-speed automatic will be a version of the Titan's transmission. Power output is expected to be around 300 horsepower, which will be a welcome improvement over the current model's V6 inline-four that develops up to 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque.
Not only will the new V6 be more powerful, but it will also be more efficient than the Frontier's current four-cylinder engine. The updated chassis and powertrain will also result in improved fuel economy, towing, and hauling capability.
The model lineup is expected to change, too, as the King Cab apparently won't be part of the 2021 Frontier range, meaning you'll only be able to buy a Crew Cab. A high-performance, off-road focused Frontier could also be in the cards, which could technically utilize the Titan's 5.6-liter V8 if it shares the same platform.
The redesigned Nissan Frontier is expected to go on sale as a 2021 model and arrive in dealers in February 2021, so its debut will likely happen later this year.