You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Nissan Navara Hints at Next-Gen Frontier Pickup

Autoweek logo Autoweek 11/6/2020 Jake Lingeman
a car parked on the side of a mountain: Nissan upgraded the powertrain earlier this year, the rest of the changes are coming soon. © Nissan Nissan upgraded the powertrain earlier this year, the rest of the changes are coming soon.
  • Nissan unveiled the world-market Navara pickup with new styling
  • We expect those traits to land on the next-generation Frontier truck
  • The powertrain of the Frontier was upgraded earlier this year

The Nissan Frontier midsize pickup has been plugging along in the U.S. since Chevy was building the S10, Dodge the Dakota, and Ford the Ranger Splash, and stayed around when those brands took a break from the smaller-than-full-size pickup segment. It saw just two major redesigns over 35 years.

In 2014 Nissan split the Frontier from its world-market Navara platform mate; the rest of the world got another generation, but we kept our pickup as it was after the 2010 facelift. We got a look at the next new Navara pickup today, which goes on sale in Thailand in December, and we’re expecting the updates to mirror what’s coming next in our Frontier—If you’ll recall, earlier this year we got a new engine and powertrain, but new sheetmetal was TBD.

a car parked in front of a truck: Expect the next Nissan Frontier to look like this, but a little bigger. © Nissan Expect the next Nissan Frontier to look like this, but a little bigger.

The new world market pickup gets a sleek but still recognizable Nissan front end. It joins the raft of automakers with “c-clamp” LED lights but what we really expect on our next Frontier is the full selection of modern safety features. We'll see forward collision warning, emergency braking, Nissan’s around view monitor, and others.

a police car parked in a parking lot: C-clamp headlights are all the rage. © Nissan C-clamp headlights are all the rage.

Mechanically speaking, the Navara gets a strengthened rear axle, increase payload capacity, a bigger bed, an integrated step for easier access, and a new steering rack. Nissan also says will be quieter than the outgoing model with more noise isolation.

The Pro-4X version you see here is a just a visual upgrade in the world market vehicle, but the colors would look right at home on our Frontier. And so would that front end.

We talked to Nissan who reiterated that "the Navara is not the Frontier, it's built for global markets," and not to read too much into it. "The U.S. Frontier, which is built in Mississippi, will be unveiled at a later date."

We’ll find out more soon.


Gallery: Galllery: New for 2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class interior (Autoweek)

AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Autoweek

Loading...

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon