After years of ignoring the segment of smaller pickups, American drivers are finally starting to pay attention to them again. Last year, over 500,000 units have been sold, which is an increase of 16% compared to the same period a year earlier. That’s why we expect to see the 2021 Nissan Frontier with a completely new design.
Toyota Tacoma is still the absolute leader, and twins from General Motors Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are enjoying great popularity as well. Also, the new Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator also recently debuted. That leaves the Nissan Frontier at the bottom of the list since this Japanese pickup was significantly refreshed for the last time way back in 2005. That didn’t stop him from finding around 79,000 customers last year, but Nissan itself knows it’s time for a change.
According to the latest reports, the new 2021 Nissan Frontier will hit the market in the next year. It will bring a lot of novelties, starting from a new design, new engine, transmission and many more things.
2021 Nissan Frontier Redesign
The 2021 Nissan Frontier redesign will definitely bring lots of improvement. That’s not strange, considering that a complete redesign will come after full 15 years. Still, it looks like we won’t see a completely new platform but more likely a revised F-Alpha platform. Still, count on a lot of modifications, which will make the new model significantly lighter and efficient. Of course, we expect to see much better driving characteristics, as well as increased towing and capability ratings. Considering that many parts will be borrowed from the international Nissan Navara, that won’t be that hard, especially when it comes to driving characteristics, which are Navara’s strongest point.
2021 Nissan Frontier Exterior
The first thing that comes to mind about the new model is the exterior. Of course, we are still far away from 2021 Nissan Frontier spy photos. Although many expect to see a copy of Navara, that won’t happen. First of all, the new model will keep its size (the current-generation Navara is notably smaller) or feature an even longer wheelbase, which currently goes over 125 inches. When it comes to body styles, we are still waiting for the official details. Still, the latest reports are suggesting that single cab models will be in the offer as well.
When it comes to the styling, we can’t say too much about the new model, as we already mentioned. Still, the latest reports are suggesting that the new model won’t follow Navara too much in terms of aesthetics. Instead, we are about to see a pretty futuristics look, which will follow some of the brand’s latest styling solutions. More details should be known in the near future.
This is the aspect where we expect to see a lot of improvements over the current model. Considering the age, it’s no wonder that the current model lacks style, quality and refinement of its competitors. The dashboard design is typical for the early 2000s, not only in terms of style, but in terms of materials as well. There are tons of hard plastics around the cabin, though we have to say that everything looks very durable. Simply, this truck is designed in a manner of a working machine and there is no place for any luxury and convenience.
The same thing goes for the seats. There is almost zero support, though the seats are actually quite soft and comfortable. The current model comes in two cab variants, with capacity for either four or five passengers, but the latest reports are suggesting that the 2021 Nissan Frontier redesign will bring single cab layout back.
2021 Nissan Frontier Engine
Another big change we expect to see is in terms of powertrain. The current model comes with a pretty outdated 4.0-liter V6, which does have a lot of power, but lacks efficiency and refinement. Therefore, it will be replaced with something much newer. Of course, we are talking about the company’s familiar 3.0-liter turbo V6, which delivers around 300 horsepower. Of course, this will be an option in the 2021 Nissan Frontier engine lineup. We presume that base versions will feature a four-cylinder engine. It is still unknown whether the current 2.5-liter unit is about to carry on or not.
Besides the new engine, the new model will also come with a new transmission as well. The ancient 5-speed automatic will be replaced with a new, 7-speed automatic gearbox. Still, we expect that a manual transmission will remain standard.
2021 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price
We expect to see the new model sometime in the next year. Still, the thing that probably bothers you more is how much will 2021 Nissan Frontier cost you. The current model is extremely affordable and that is probably the main reason for good sales numbers. Naturally, the new one will cost significantly more. The current King Cab model starts at only 19.000 dollars, while the new model will probably cost 3.000 or 4.000 dollars more, at least. Will the new design improve already good sales numbers, or the price jump will distract new buyers, the time will tell.