Nissan Frontier is the cheapest truck you can buy. But, its four-pot engine is too weak. Its offer just above the basic. There is no any extra feature to draw attention. However, it still sits under $20,000 and this truck is the only one with such a price. The Japanese company is not changing that even for 2020 Nissan Frontier. So, how the pickup can compete with more powerful, more appealing rivals? Like its main competitors, Frontier is also using a V6 drivetrain. Also, it has special packages to improve appearance, comfort, and performance. So, the real truck we want to buy will cost more – from $25,000.
The growth of the Frontier made the company think about the next-gen model. If you don’t believe, numbers don’t lie – the mid-size truck is the best-selling pickup in the family, leaving the big Nissan Titan and heavy-duty Titan XD behind. What is more interesting, we haven’t seen big changes on the vehicle. With new look and parts, the 2020 Nissan Frontier could be a blast of the season.
Although the mid-size trucks are not as popular as their bigger siblings, all leading companies are delivering the smaller pickup (except the FCA, but it is about to change as well). Probably the best compact truck in the market is Chevy Colorado. It has it all – good sale numbers thanks to excellent performance, optional diesel engine, and an off-road specialist ZR2 model. Then, Toyota Tacoma is another great Japanese product. It’s TRD Pro package is the feature to watch. However, Nissan will respond with 2020 Frontier Pro-4X variant. Ford is returning Ranger for the next season, which could get a Raptor version for the US market. Honda Ridgeline is a classic. It will change if Type R model comes next season. Finally, the FCA and Ram could get the pickup for this class if Fiat Fullback appears as the Dodge Dakota in 2019.
All in all, it is not easy to guarantee success in this segment. The competitions’ growth is not happening by chance. People are again interested in these trucks, and many will definitely search for the cheapest offer. That is where 2020 Nissan Frontier steps up.
2020 Nissan Frontier Redesign and New Platform
There are three possibilities for the 2020 Nissan Frontier regarding the platform it uses. Of course, current body-on-frame architecture is the favorite to remain the base of the pickup. However, Frontier would be again the same truck as Nissan Navara. US buyers will need something tougher and distinctive. That is why the company is considering a development of a new platform. On the other hand, a huge downside of this solution is the price of such a project. The alternative is to find suitable architecture within the family. Nissan Xterra offers the good base and the new 2020 Frontier could start its redesign from there.
Besides the new platform, the redesign will bring many other changes. In 2018, sales of this pickup jumped and oversold Nissan Titan’s record. And the Frontier did it without big updates. Now, the company will try to use the swing and launch the next generation with more options and a new look. The first object is to make it different from Navara – rebadged Frontier for customers outside the United States. How will 2020 Nissan Frontier look we still don’t know. Most things depend on the architecture. But, there are also some other factors, but it is early to talk about the redesign details, even without first test mules out on streets.
2020 Nissan Frontier Diesel
Probably the biggest addition for the new 2020 Nissan Frontier will be a diesel engine. Chevy Colorado is already using it to maximize the towing capacity. It is just a matter of time when Toyota is bringing the same type of drivetrain for its Tacoma. We can already hear rumors about Ford looking to add diesel for its new Ranger.
But, it is still a question, which engine the 2020 Nissan Frontier diesel will take? It can’t borrow a unit from Navara. A non-US model can’t meet efficiency and emission standards with its diesel powertrain. Nissan Titan is using a diesel engine. It was a result of a partnership with Cummins, a leading brand in this sector. Now, the cooperation could be actualized again and the 2020 Nissan Frontier is about to get a unit from this company.
2020 Nissan Frontier Petrol Engines and Specs
Well, the 2020 Nissan Frontier will continue to use the same four-cylinder and V6 engines in its next generation. A base solution is a 2.5-liter unit capable to produce 150 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Without turbocharger and with such weak output, the engine would have no chance against rivals on the market. But, the price makes it a good option for buyers looking for a cheaper, not hard-working truck. A five-speed gearbox is there, and buyers are choosing if they want manual or automatic transmission. Towing capacity of the 2020 Frontier with a four-cylinder mill is 3,500 lbs.
You can rise it up to 6,500 pounds with a 4.0-liter V6. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. A 5-speed automatic box is optional. Also, buyers will have to pick between 2WD and 4WD models. Outputs of this huge V6 engines are 260 hp and 280 lb-ft.
2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X
The 2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X will be a special model for an off-road ride. It comes with special parts and setup to make it capable for work and travel in tough situations. Skidplates and off-road tires are upgrades, and the Pro-4X package also adds roof racks. Available with 4WD, the 2020 Frontier Pro-4X uses electronic locking rear differential.
When Will The 2020 Nissan Frontier Come Out?
The release date of the 2020 Nissan Frontier is not set yet. But, the Japanese company will do everything to launch it as soon as possible. The release date depends on the new platform and diesel engine, so we could wait for a bit before the truck debuts. It is certain the unveiling is not happening in the first half of 2019.
The release date is hard to predict. But, the price is foreseeable. Current Frontier is just shy of $20,000. The company will probably keep this model with the same MSRP, just for the ad. However, serious truckers won’t consider it buying. For them, the real deal comes with V6 or diesel, whose price will start at $25,000.