The Nissan Frontier has been around since 2004 in an almost unchanged form. However, a lot has changed in the world of pickup trucks in the meantime. In order to bridge the gap between the Frontier and its rivals, Nissan now plans to launch the next-generation model. Reliable sources claim the 2018 Nissan Frontier is actually due to come as a U.S.-spec version of the NP300 Navara. That means the Japanese automaker will basically modify the global Navara to fit the requirements of the U.S. market. So, expect the all-new Frontier truck to adopt a number of tweaks as well as an upgraded engine range. If everything goes as planned, its launch is likely to happen by the end of 2017.
2018 Nissan Frontier Redesign
Design-wise, the 2018 Nissan Frontier will take after the existing Navara to some extent. Of course, we expect Nissan’s designers to give it a sheet metal that appeals to North American buyers. Despite receiving notable changes, the upcoming Frontier should retain some of its global cousin’s recognizable styling. Its front end is expected to sport a new chrome grille with a horizontal theme. Thanks to larger fender flairs, the Frontier will get an even more rugged appearance. Expect the next-generation Nissan Frontier to be available in two cab configurations. Namely, buyers will be able to choose between the smaller King Cab and the larger Double Cab configuration.
Inside, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is likely to offer even more substantial changes compared to the 2018 Nissan Navara. We expect its cabin to be greatly influenced by the Titan XD. So, expect to see a four-spoke wheel, larger knobs and buttons, and a more brutish dashboard. The new Frontier is also expected to come standard with front bucket seats, divided by a center console. Upper trims should get Nissan’s 360-degree Around-View monitor camera system with its bird’s-eye view function. A backup camera will be offered as standard in all models. Expect also a bevy of the company’s latest safety systems.
New Nissan Frontier Specs
Official details concerning the 2018 Nissan Frontier’s engine range are still unavailable. However, rumor has it that the current 2.5-liter four-cylinder could return with boosted output numbers and improved fuel efficiency. As for the 2.5-liter turbo-diesel unit, it’s not very likely to make it to the North American market. On top of that, expect Nissan to offer a revamped version of the existing 4.0-liter V6. When it comes to transmission offerings, a seven-speed automatic and a six-speed manual are the likeliest candidates.
The 2018 Nissan Frontier will be more expensive than its predecessor, although pricing details have yet to come. The current Frontier begins just above $18,000 for a King Cab model in the base S trim.