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.