Next-Gen Nissan Frontier Is “Almost Done,” Will Be Introduced Soon

The mid-size truck market is heating up in America thanks to new entries such as the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.

These models will compete with the Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon and all of them are looking to take the sales crown away from the popular Toyota Tacoma. Of course, they’re not the only mid-size trucks in America as the Nissan Frontier has remained largely the same for more than a decade.

Nissan announced plans for an all-new Frontier in the fall of 2017 and it appears we won’t have to wait much longer to see the redesigned pickup. Speaking with Autoblog, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, confirmed work on the truck is “almost finished.” His sentiments were echoed by Nissan’s vice president of product planning, Ivan Espinosa, who told the publication the redesigned Frontier “will soon be coming into the market.”

There’s no word on a timeframe, but Nissan has already confirmed the next-generation Frontier will be built at the company’s plant in Canton, Mississippi. Little is known about the model at this point, but officials have suggested the truck will be offered with a new V6 engine which will eventually find its way into the Titan.

Sources have also indicated Nissan is spending “serious dough” on the new Frontier and it will likely come standard with a four-cylinder engine. However, the chances of seeing a diesel engine are said to be slim.

Nissan hinted at the possibility of a diesel-powered Frontier back in 2014 when it introduced the Frontier Diesel Runner concept. The truck was equipped with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which produced around 200 hp (149 kW / 202 PS) and more than 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque.

While it remains to be seen if the redesigned Frontier will be offered with a diesel engine, there are plenty of alternatives if Nissan says no. Besides the current Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon – which offer a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel with 181 hp (135 kW / 183 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque – Jeep will introduce a diesel-powered Gladiator in 2020. That particular model will have a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that develops 260 hp (193 kW / 263 PS) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque.

  • bfm01

    Would be nice if they were to go back to a small-truck size.

    • Matt

      The Frontier is hardly big. It’s smaller than the Ranger and Colorado.

      • no25

        Yes, but remember how small the Ranger used to be? May sound crazy, but that was a good truck size for some people.

        • MarketAndChurch

          I think those should be car based, like Ford is planning to do with it’s Fiesta based Truck.

        • Christian M.

          Well, the “new” Ranger is almost as big a a 2005 F-150, maybe bigger. So yeah, we need small trucks again, like a Toyota Hilux from the ’90.

      • bfm01

        I own a 2000 Frontier and it’s the right size for me. I love it. The current generation seems as large as full -size trucks were in the 70’s. Just too big for my needs and parking space.

  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    Do we here in the U.S. have to show our U.S. Passports for a new generation Nissan Frontier?

  • Jason Miller

    This truck may be old, but they are still selling very well. Almost 80k sold in 2018, almost 30k MORE than the Titan. Sales up 27% in December and +7% for 2018. Yes the interior is quite dated, but the exterior has aged well IMO and if all you need is a good, solid small truck that is priced very competitively against it’s competitors, it’s a great option.

  • DetrinKD

    My mind has wondered and I wonder if Nissan went ahead and developed a new truck platform that will debut on the Frontier. It’s the only reason I can think that they would allow it to languish on the market for so long, although it still sells very well for such an old vehicle. A new platform would make since because even though the Titan is relatively new, its still based on the old platform that was engineered in the early 2000’s and to me the current gen Titan seems like a stop gap truck. The Frontier and Armada/Patrol/QX80 triplets all are up for a redesign soon and it only makes since to consolidate them to one new platform.

  • Shelby GT500

    Next-Gen Nissan Frontier in Europe and Asia (the Navara) has been selling for 2 years already…

  • charlotteharry57

    Hard to finally believe. Watch it be 50% larger than the current one and priced a LOT higher. If Nissan was really smart, it’d tackle the compact pickup segment that no one has, but bet not.

  • Christian M.

    Wait, isn´t the Frontier replacement the NP300/Renault Alaskan/Mercedes Benz X Class?

    • Jason Miller


  • Paul

    I hope they don’t follow current trends by GM and Ford and make it substantially bigger. Leave it the same size and just all new. Too bad about diesel, the Diesel-gate thing must make them a bit gun shy with that.

  • Scott McIntyre

    Glad to hear and hope the get it right. BUT… I will simply keep rocking my 1994 Nissan 4X4 Hardbody pickup.

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