Nissan Reveals First Glimpse of Redesigned 2021 Frontier Pickup

Connor Hoffman
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From Car and Driver

  • Nissan has released a video showing several new models that are set to debut soon, including this completely redesigned 2021 Frontier mid-size pickup.
  • The video also included the highly anticipated new Z sports car.
  • The new truck, which will have the 3.8-liter V-6 that was new for 2020, is expected sometime next year as a 2021 model.
Photo credit: Nissan

The Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup has remained relatively the same since its introduction in 2004, but now Nissan is finally set to fully redesign its popular pickup. In a video showing a few of Nissan's soon-to-debut new models, including the revival of the Z sports car, we get the first look at the 2021 Frontier's redesign.

The truck is getting even boxier proportions, and it will have much more pronounced and squared-off fender flares in the front and back. From a quick front-end silhouette, it seems like the next-gen Frontier will ditch the typical Nissan dual-bar grille with the badge in the middle for a simpler design. The closest detail we can see here is the new Frontier's headlights, which will have a parallel design that reminds us of those on the current Ford F-150, but flipped.

We already know about the new Frontier's powertrain. It'll use a direct-injection 3.8-liter V-6 engine that has been added to the current 2020 model's powertrain options. The six-cylinder engine produces 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, which is a bump of 49 horsepower but the same amount of torque as the previous 4.0-liter V-6. Power is sent to the wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, and sadly the manual gearbox will no longer be an option.

The next-generation Nissan Frontier should make its debut later this year and arrive during 2020 as a 2021 model.

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