Or is it the Frontier Nismo?
At long last, there's a brand new Nissan Frontier on the way, set to replace a mid-size pickup well overdue for retirement. We've seen the first stage of this switch already, in the form of the 2020 Frontier's new 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission - a powertrain combo that's expected to carry over unchanged into the new generation.
Now, we might have just gotten a good look at the new truck's dramatically restyled front end, courtesy of a leaked 2021 Nissan Frontier rendering shared by Nissan Nation Productions, although there's some question as to how production-representative the image actually is.
That's because the rendering shows a special high-performance variant of the new Frontier, with aggressive side inlets, a rugged off-road bumper, an elevated ride height, and some tough-looking wheels. Also, visible on the grille are the letters "MO" - the tail end of Nissan's "NISMO", which is the company's in-house motorsport and performance brand.
Still, there are some important takeaways from the rendering. It showcases the 2021 Nissan Frontier's more blocky, muscular overall sculpture, and a modern-looking pair of bracket-shaped headlights, reminiscent of the complex, orthogonal units found on Ford and Chevy's current full-size trucks.
Whether a concept or a real future model, the idea of a next-generation Nissan Frontier Nismo off-roader to take on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a tantalizing one, but we'll just be happy to see Nissan's 15-year-old mid-size truck replaced at last.
Yet we still have to take this image with a grain of salt. Even Nissan Nation itself admits the final production version could differ from the design shown in the rendering, perhaps sporting a grille closer in appearance to the automaker's standard "V-motion" design. We'll know more when the 2021 Nissan Frontier is finally unveiled, probably within the next several months, so stay tuned.