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Next-Generation Nissan Frontier Info Leaked; A New 2.8L Turbo-Diesel is Coming

Information is coming out on the next-generation Nissan Frontier pickup. A new turbo diesel variant will be offered.

A TorqueNews reader who’s brother works at Nissan North American headquarters in Smyrna Tennessee, says the new-generation Nissan Frontier pickup is going to be worth the wait. The reader chose to remain anonymous because in the automotive world, leaking information on new models will get his brother fired. The image is the new Nissan Frontier Attack Concept, revealed in South America last month, but the design language and styling could carry over to the production model.

Our TorqueNews reader told us the new-generation Nissan Frontier will have three engine choices. He says, “The next Frontier will be something to behold.” His brother who works for Nissan, told him the next Frontier will have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the base S and SV trims producing 184 horsepower. That’s up from the current 152hp 2.5-liter in the 2017 Frontier.

A turbo-diesel option

He also told him the SV 4.0-liter V6 will now come with 273 horsepower and 285 lb. ft of torque. That’s up from the current 261hp / 281 lb. ft. The big news is, the next-generation Frontier pickup will have a diesel engine option. Our reader’s brother says the mid-size pickup will be available with an optional 2.8-liter turbo diesel. We reported last year, the next Frontier would get a Cummins Turbo Diesel. It looks like it will be reality.

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Nissan brought a prototype Frontier pickup with 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine to a press event last year. This was the same vehicle Nissan brought to the Chicago Auto Show in 2014. It looks like the new turbo diesel variant will have around 200hp and 350 lb. ft of torque. The prototype came mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The fuel economy improvement could be around 30 percent over the comparable Frontier V6 gas powerplant according to Nissan sources.

Other news leaked out of Nissan headquarters is the next-gen Frontier will make extensive use of aluminum in many of the body panels. This will save weight and improve fuel mileage with the newly revamped 4 cylinder powerplant and more powerful 4.0-liter V6 engine.

Nissan already produces the global Frontier (Renault Navara) with a diesel that sells well around the globe. The new-generation midsize 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup is getting a complete redesign. Look for more flexibility in the platform, new styling and an optional 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine. Stay tuned.

Fan poll: Would you buy a Frontier with a 2.8L Cummins turbo diesel?

Photo credit: Nissan South America

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Yes, I have a 2013 4.0 4x4 to trade for, great truck, waiting for the 350 torque and better gas mileage, hopefully close to 30 mpg would be great.
I think a lot of buyers will choose the diesel option. Can't wait to see the fuel mileage.Thanks for reading Marvin!
I would if it came in stick shift. I dont like autos and dont like zf
You can count on it having a 6-speed manual gearbox! Thanks for reading Jason.
Has Nissan confirmed it will be providing a manual transmission option with the Frontier diesel? This is the first I've heard of it and hope it will be available.
I believe it will be a better Diesel engine than Chevrolet in running in the Colorado. The Colorado has a timing belt that will need to be replaced every 5 years or 60k to 100k miles. A timing chain has lasted years with no problems. If a timing belt breaks in a diesel, it is desaster to the motor. If a timing chain breaks it is desaster to the motor. Just something to think about.
I agree Michael. The Cummins is a better engine. Thanks for reading!
How can you write "I agree" when the comment you were responding to is factually incorrect? Doesn't anyone do any homework anymore?
Gotta love it when people provide incorrect information. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado user manual indicated checking belt status at 150,000. Also, someone else said it best regarding naive evaluation of timing belts and people's strange idea that the technology of constructing timing belts hasn't chained over time; therefore timing chains are th best option: "Current belts are Kelvar based pieces that have zero issue lasting the recommended interval. Step into the future my worrisome friend".
Just to clarify, the current Chevrolet Colorado user manual suggests checking the belt at 150,000 miles. A huge difference from what other individuals have posted regarding replacing the timing belt at either 60,000 kilometers or 100,000 kilometers.
My family owns several orchards. Having a compact diesel manual that you can idle through an orchard at low speed picking up boxes of hand-picked fruit would be wonderful. Having enough towing capacity to pull a double axle trailer loaded with a mid-size tractor would be a plus. Say 7 to 8 thousand pounds.
It looks like you will get your diesel Frontier that will be the perfect work truck in the orchards! Thanks for reading Chuck.
Well it's not going to be the 2018. Maybe the 2019 or 2020. In other words don't hold your breath
WHEN CAN I BUY THE NEXT GENERATION NISSAN FRONTIER TRUCK?
NEXT GENERATION NISSAN TRUCK, WHEN WILL YOU SELL IT?
The timming belt change on the new Colorado is actually @150,000 miles. That is a lot of miles on a belt. That is up from when Jeep used a similar version of the 2.8, and it's change out was 100K miles. If I'm gonna buy one, I'm gonna plan on driving it for a good long time.
I'd buy one in a New York minute!