Nissan dropped fairly the shock, displaying off practically its complete portfolio of soon-to-be-updated or outright redesigned fashions in a video that briefly showcased every automobile beneath the primary letter of its respective title. This teaser of Nissans to come back applies to the automaker’s international product line, so there are just a few appearances right here of stuff America doubtless will not get, together with the Terra SUV and the Navara pickup. Simply essentially the most consequential upcoming Nissan within the video (at the very least, subsequent to the hot-lookin’ Z sports car) is the Navara’s American cousin: The 2021 Frontier.
Whereas the brand new Z doubtless will draw essentially the most consideration and headlines, the next-generation Frontier is way extra doubtless to assist Nissan pay its payments. As we speak’s Frontier is a long-serving workhorse, with—most likely—long-paid-off tooling, in addition to analysis and growth prices, that continues to promote surprisingly effectively regardless of its age. (Launched for 2004, the Nissan truck has been on sale in just about the identical type for greater than 16 years!) Worth pricing helped its recognition by means of the years, with the Frontier, till just lately, anchoring the low-priced finish of the midsize pickup phase, undercutting key rivals such because the newer Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma.
We doubt the brand new truck might be so low cost, notably given Nissan’s transfer to axe the bottom four-cylinder engine from the 2020 Frontier, effectively raising the price of the present pickup in its last 12 months. A part of the explanation for the massive value bounce and the engine shuffling is that, curiously, Nissan rolled out the upcoming 2021 Frontier’s V-6 engine early, installing it in 2020 models as a sort of test run forward of the brand new truck’s launch. Just like the 2020 mannequin, anticipate the six-cylinder 2021 Frontier to put on a sticker value that places it proper within the thick of the midsize truck phase.
It additionally seems as if the 2020 Nissan Frontier’s life might be fairly brief. Reports indicate the redesigned 2021 mannequin might attain dealerships as quickly as September, although we should always level out that these timelines had been earlier than the coronavirus pandemic took maintain. We anticipate that plant shutdowns and different disruptions to Nissan’s regular flows of enterprise for the brand new Fronty’s launch to be pushed again considerably. Search for the brand new truck to boast all-new styling inside and outside, and a brand new construction, as effectively. Within the teaser video, we will simply make out the Frontier’s form, which stays historically blocky and rectilinear, in addition to its new cat-eye LED headlight accents.