Nissan might have made significant updates to the 2020 Frontier midsize pickup however the fact is the second-generation mannequin has been on borrowed time for a few years now.
Fortunately, an all-new mannequin is on the way in which and right now we convey you the primary take a look at a 2021 Nissan Frontier check prototype that includes the ultimate manufacturing physique. Positive, it’s fully lined in camouflage as you’d anticipate, however the bodywork seems to be the true deal.
Noticed someplace in america, the 2021 Frontier seems to be a bit extra fashionable than the outgoing model, boasting an angular, square-hipped form, a higher-set hood and extra upright entrance finish.
We will additionally see extra particulars of the floor improvement utilized to the brand new Frontier’s design. This explicit prototype doesn’t function the distinctive LED headlight signature teased in Nissan’s video back in May, so we will assume it’s a lower-trim, work mannequin that includes non-LED headlights. Out again, the vertical taillights are partially camouflaged so we will’t inform whether or not they function LEDs or not.
We already know what’s beneath the hood, as Nissan has confirmed a brand new 3.8-liter V6 engine for the all-new Frontier. Rated at 310 HP and 281 lb-ft (381 Nm) of torque, the brand new energy plant is mated to an equally new nine-speed computerized transmission. The gearbox replaces each the five-speed auto and five-speed guide models obtainable within the present Frontier.
Rear-wheel drive can be customary whereas an all-wheel-drive system with an electronically managed switch case can be elective. Nissan has promised “improved gas financial system and emissions efficiency” for the brand new powertrain however has but to launch numbers. The automaker has additionally introduced that the brand new Frontier will supply comparable ranges of consolation and refinement as its U.S. rivals, even going so far as not ruling out a performance-oriented mannequin.
The disclosing of the next-generation Nissan Frontier was initially anticipated late this yr as a 2021 mannequin, with the primary deliveries following in February 2021. It stays to be seen if the coronavirus pandemic and its results on the auto business will delay the brand new Frontier and have Nissan launch it a 2022 mannequin.