Some elements of Mercedes's luxury pickup will live on in the new Nissan Frontier.
The aging Nissan Frontier was given a major update for the 2020 model year with a new engine and transmission. Despite this, it's still fundamentally the same as the original model that launched way back in 2004. Thankfully, we don't have to wait too much longer for the Frontier's belated replacement to arrive.
The all-new Nissan Frontier will go on sale for the 2021 model year. And according to a report by Autoblog.com.ar, it will share the same chassis as the Mercedes X-Class. The posh pickup was discontinued this year after only being on sale for three years, but some elements will live on in the new Nissan Frontier.
This is because the Mercedes X-Class was essentially a rebadged Nissan Navara, which is sold as the Nissan Frontier in the US. According to Autoblog.com.ar, Mercedes made several modifications to the Frontier's chassis for the X-Class including structural reinforcements that improved the chassis strength and driving dynamics such as extra cross members. These changes will reportedly carry over to the new Nissan Frontier when it goes on sale for the 2021 model year.
Official details about the new Nissan Frontier are scarce, but Nissan gave us a fleeting glimpse of the redesigned pickup in a recent teaser video previewing future models.
From the teaser, it looks like the new Nissan Frontier will have a more aggressive, angular design than the current model, while split LED headlights will make Frontier pickup look considerably more modern than its ancient predecessor.
Under the hood, the 2020 Nissan Frontier's 3.8-liter V6 is expected to carry over in the next-generation model. Paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, this unit produces 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Also expect the interior to be more spacious and high-tech. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assists will also be standard, which will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist and rear automatic braking.