The segment of mid-size trucks is hot once again. There are several great models in the offer these days. Of course, the Tacoma still dominates the market, but recently revived Ford Ranger and all-new Jeep Gladiator have a lot of potentials to change this. On the other side, the Frontier stands out from the crowd, but in a quite wrong way. The Japanese manufacturer hasn’t worked too much on it in the last decade, so the current generation actually dates from 2005. Fortunately, the new generation will come soon. Unfortunately, not soon enough to bring changes all ready for the next year. It looks like the 2020 Nissan Frontier will be the last year model of the current generation. Therefore, it should be pretty much a carryover model, without any notable change in any aspect. This would also mean that the new models will come sometime late in the year.
2020 Nissan Frontier Redesign
The current generation of this pickup is outdated by all standards. It has been around since 2005, which is way too much even for a medium duty truck. Therefore, the only thing this model has to offer is its affordable price. It is significantly more affordable than competitors, for a good reason. The aged Alpha platform definitely limits this truck in many ways, especially when it comes to driving characteristics. Another thing that bothers this model is styling. There aren’t many things that changed on it in past 14 years, so even someone who doesn’t know too much about trucks can easily notice that this model belongs to another era, which ended many years ago. Considering that the 2020 Nissan Frontier will be the last year model of this long generation, we expect no changes on it, even those minimal tweaks.
Another area that won’t get any change for the next year. Given the Frontier’s age, it seems quite logical that the interior looks pretty outdated. The rustic dashboard design is characterized by lots of simplicity, while materials are mostly hard plastics. Therefore, the 2020 Nissan Frontier will look like a typical work machine.
There are two cab designs in the offer, King Cab and Crew Cab. The King Cab accommodates four passengers, while the Crew Cab model can accommodate up to five people. In both cases, seats are rather flat and without too much side support. Still, the overall comfort is quite decent.
In terms of standard features, you can’t ask for too much from such an old vehicle. Still, a 7-inch touchscreen is standard since the last year. In higher trims, you can even get things like a moonroof, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
2020 Nissan Frontier Engines
When it comes to engines, the 2020 Nissan Frontier will continue with two familiar gasoline units in the offer. Base models will carry on with a well-known 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which delivers around 150 horsepower. There is also a large 4.0-liter V6 in the offer, which is good for about 260 horsepower. Both units come paired with either 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox. Despite the age, fuel economy seems pretty much ok. For example, the base four-cylinder engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which are average numbers for the class. The V6 goes around 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
2020 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we expect to see 2020 Nissan Frontier sometime late in the year. As we already mentioned, this model is characterized by a pretty affordable starting price, which currently goes around 19.000 dollars.
The Frontier is finally about to get a redesign in the next year. According to the latest reports, this model is about to come in the third quarter of 2020, as the 2021 year models. Of course, we count on tons of novelties. The new model will be heavily based on the current-generation Navara, which has been updated recently. It will ride on the same platform and share a lot of aesthetics as well. Also, we expect to see a completely new engine under the hood. That should be a new 3.0-liter V6, which should be good for about 300 horsepower.
This redesign is so much needed for Nissan for many reasons. This segment is once again very popular, so there are many new competitors in the offer. Besides household names like Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado, the Ford Ranger has been revived, while the brand-new Jeep Gladiator promises a lot. Considering all these trucks, Nissan engineers will definitely have a hard task to make a competitive model.