The Nissan Frontier is in a rather interesting period of its life. Once known for being quite literally a rolling relic among some of its rivals, Nissan’s mid-size pickup entry is finally receiving some much overdue love in its quest to try and make the Frontier a relevant threat to the established order once again. A new V6 and nine speed automatic transmission put the antiquated mechanicals out to pasture, and are a welcome stop gap until the next generation model arrives. However, a big change in the pricing ladder could be in store according to a new report.
The 2021 model will certainly bring plenty to talk about including a new design that will finally replace the 15 year old lines with a look that is expected to bring the Frontier closer in line to its bigger corporate cousin the Titan. According to the folks at Cars Direct, an “early fleet ordering” document appears to reveal that the 2021 Frontier will appear without a four cylinder offering. The four banger originally went away for the 2020 model year, and it appears that will continue to be the case moving forward for 2021. The publication promptly reached out to Nissan regarding the alleged discovery, but Nissan has chosen to not comment on their findings.
The document also goes into rudimentary pricing, with the base 2021 S King Cab starting at $26,280 which does not include the destination charge. For comparison sake, this is a noticeable $7,644 increase over the 2019 Frontier, and that will also put the Nissan in a very premium slice of the mid-size pickup market, with the Frontier potentially being more expensive than the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, as well as the Chevrolet Colorado.
Details surrounding the 2021 Nissan Frontier remain very elusive, with the company doing a very good job of keeping things under lock and key. What is known about the truck is that it will not be quite as blunt and boxy as the current model, with the new model being more aerodynamically styled and sleeker than ever. An updated chassis also underpins the essentials, and is even expected to bake in some novel construction techniques. The end result is a truck that promises to be far lighter than its predecessor, and that in turn should help it get better fuel economy and spritelier handling to boot. Look for Nissan to possibly announce something later this year, though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could still potentially cause Nissan to alter this time table.