It’s Nissan’s "Year of the Truck”, a new product onslaught of pickups, SUVs and CUVs, but you won’t see a new-generation Frontier just yet. The aging Frontier needs a major remodel and it’s coming. What should mid-size truck buyer expect to see when it finally arrives? Why is the wait so long?
Just take a look at the mid-size truck market and you’ll know this segment is hot. The Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Frontier are all selling like crazy. The other brands have new remodels, but Nissan decided to update their full-size Titan first before they get to the aging Frontier. It’s a bit surprising an automaker the size of Nissan has to wait on their mid-size truck. What are they waiting for?
Nissan has been preoccupied with other things
We should give Nissan a break because Nissan engineers have been preoccupied with other things. Besides the new Titan full-size truck, they also brought out a new Rogue, Armada, and Pathfinder this year. Frontier should be next, and it’s on the drawing board now. It will likely get a remodel in 2018. What can you expect to see when it finally arrives?
Good things come to those who wait
Mid-size truck buyer are tired of waiting, but good things are coming for Frontier. When the new Frontier does finally arrive, likely in 2018, it will get much-needed exterior and interior styling changes along with Nissan’s latest NissanConnect and mobile apps. It should also get the latest fuel saving technology, featuring improved four-cylinder efficiency and increased V6 or V8 towing capacity. It could also get new 2.8-liter Cummins diesel power.
Now that the 2017 Nissan Titan, Rogue, Armada and Pathfinder has arrived, Nissan's next big project will be to update its aging midsize Frontier. Look for the next-generation Nissan Frontier to be a major player in the competitive mid-size pickup market. The Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado have received good reviews and it’s time for Nissan to step up and give mid-size truck buyers another option.
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