Considering how long it has been since Nissan redesigned the Frontier for the U.S. market, you might assume the Japanese automaker plans to keep selling it indefinitely. But according to Automotive News, that’s not exactly the case. Supposedly, a new Frontier is on the way. You just won’t be able to buy it for another 18 months.
Unnamed sources reportedly told AN that the redesigned Nissan Frontier will hit dealerships as early as September 2020 as a 2021 model. How it will look, though, is anyone’s guess. The new design has been described as “futuristic,” and one source said, “It’s modern, but it still looks like a truck. This still looks like something a truck guy would want.”
Sources also claim the Frontier will drop the current 4.0-liter V-6 in favor of a new engine that will make about 300 horsepower. Thankfully, the new V-6 is said to be paired with a seven-speed automatic, not a continuously variable transmission.
But while a lot of the 2021 Frontier will be new, don’t expect a full redesign. Don’t expect it to be a facelifted version of the global Navara, either. Nissan reportedly decided the Navara was too small and costly for the U.S. market, so instead, we’ll get an upgraded version of the Frontier’s current platform to take on the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, and friends.
For now, though, the Frontier seems to be selling better than you’d expect from a 15-year-old truck. Even though first-quarter sales were down a little more than 11 percent this year, it was more than twice as popular as the newer Titan. The Frontier also outsold every crossover in Nissan’s lineup except for the Rogue.