The Nissan Frontier pickup needs a new redesign, but it isn’t stopping mid-size pickup buyers from snatching the outdated model up quickly. Nissan USA reports, the 2016 Frontier pickup is selling like crazy and flying off dealer lots. It leads the brand in percentage of increase with an incredible 161.6 percent increase over the previous August.
The mid-size pickup market is hot with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon all enjoying strong sales. The Nissan Frontier is getting a redesign in 2018 and will get new exterior styling, an updated interior and new engines. Until then, Frontier is outselling it’s stablemates in percentage of increase.
Nissan sales were up overall as their crossovers, trucks and SUVs set an August record, up 19 percent. Sales of the Rogue crossover set an August record with sales 32,979, up 19 percent. Sales of the Murano crossover set an August record with sales 7,482, up 29 percent. Nissan Maxima sales climbed to 6,064, up 43 percent. Frontier outpaced them all.
A new turbo diesel for Frontier
The Frontier is due for a complete makeover and it’s coming in 2018. It will get new engines with one of them being a turbo diesel. Nissan recently brought a prototype Frontier pickup with 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine to a press event. This was the same vehicle Nissan brought to the Chicago Auto Show in 2014. The new Frontier diesel prototype had around 200hp and 350 lb. ft of torque.
It comes mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The fuel economy improvement should be around 30 percent over the comparable Frontier V6 gas powerplant according to Nissan sources. Look for a Frontier with a Cummins diesel option when the new model arrives.
Until the 2018 Nissan Frontier gets here, the current generation mid-size pickup is hot. Truck buyers are snatching up the 2016 Frontiers as fast as Nissan can build them. What will happen when the new-generation models arrive? It should be an even stronger contender with the Tacoma, Colorado and Canyon trucks.