US-spec version Nissan Frontier competes with Tacoma and Colorado, but unlike them, has not been updated for quite a long time. Will it happen in 2017?
There are rumors that new Frontier will be based on modified platform of upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-class (the exact name is not confirmed), however, it is still unknown whether the production version will be based on this platform.
Nissan started the redevelopment of the Frontier, right after it had finished the larger version, the Titan.
Not much is expected with the overall design, but significant changes are planned for under the hood.
Nissan are expected to finish testing shortly so that they can launch the redesigned pickup later this year – perhaps as late as December 2016.
Release date: late 2016
Update: already available on sale, unchanged comparing to 2016 model.
Nissan have used a show car fitted with a diesel engine to gauge the public response; America hasn’t embraced the diesel quite like other places around the world (thanks mainly to low fuel prices). It seems that demand for the diesel engine pickup is high, so Nissan will be introducing a diesel powerplant with the model’s next release.
It is thought that Nissan will continue to use Cummins as their preferred diesel engine supplier.
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Update: Rumors are not confirmed, 2017 Frontier doesn’t receive any diesel option for the US market, neither feature Nissan diesel, nor Cummins produced powertrain.
Prices for the updated model remain unchanged. The starting price of $18,290.
The new Frontier pickup has been shown at various motoring shows, but with a bright, three color paint-job, translucent hood, carbon fiber engine cover, two-tone 16” alloys, matt silver front grille and aerodynamic rear cover.
The production model is thought to be much less extreme, insiders say it will resemble the 2016 Nissan Navara.
Update: all exterior and interior design remain unchanged.
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What Is In The Inside
We don’t have any confirmed specifications for the interior, bit what we do know is how the show car interior looked and compared to existing Nissan models.
Leather has been used throughout the Frontier, finished with a contrasting grey stitch. The dashboard and top corners of the seats have been finished with a carbon fiber effect plastic, and there were gauges for all sorts; boost pressure, oil pressure and coolant temperature. Perhaps these won’t be fitted as standard, but if Nissan are going to go head-to-head with Toyota, they may release a hot version like the TRD pickups.
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It is expected that the 2017 model will use a Cummins diesel engine; quite possibly the same fitted to the show car – 2.8 liter pushing out about 200 BHP which doesn’t sound like much, but the beauty of the diesel engine is the torque – this engine should produce about 350 lb/ft of torque from about 1500 RPM.
When combined with the 8 speed auto transmission, it should consume 35% less fuel than the 4.0 liter V6 engine fitted in the previous model.
Update: The truck remain unchanged, features 4-cylinder gasoline engine (2.5L, 152 HP/171 lb-ft) or 4-liter V6 producing 261 HP and 281 lb-ft of torque. I4 has 5-speed manual in standard (optional 5-speed automatic), while V6 has 5-speed automatic only.
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|2017 Nissan Frontier (V6 Crewcab)|
|Engine type||DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||261 hp; 281 lb-ft|
|Top speed||105 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: starting at $20,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado|