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Here's an Early Look at the New Nissan Frontier

Road & Track logo Road & Track 7/29/2020 Mack Hogan
a truck driving down a dirt road: The ancient Frontier is finally getting redesigned. This is an early look at the new body. © Cody Milley/Facebook The ancient Frontier is finally getting redesigned. This is an early look at the new body.

After over 15 years on the market, the Nissan Frontier is finally getting redesigned. Nissan has confirmed that a new truck is coming in the next year, with a new body, interior, and underpinnings. Thanks to some spy shots from Cody Milley on Facebook, we now have an idea of what it might look like.

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Milley posted two photos in the automotive Facebook Group "Super AutoQuirk Dougposting," claiming that the pictured pickup was seen testing with a current-generation Frontier and Armada in Death Valley, California. The Valley is typically the hottest place in the U.S., making it a frequent stop for automakers torture testing upcoming products. The truck—which seems to be a next-gen Frontier prototype—was towing a trailer through the valley, a common and strenuous cooling test.

The truck appears blockier than the current Frontier, with a protruding fascia and squared-off bumper. Lights appear to be more modern LEDs. The rear shot, which Milley posted in the comments, shows an F-150-like cut in the door to provide better visibility. Unfortunately, we still can't see the interior.

We've already learned about and experienced the new powertrain, though, as Nissan introduced the next-generation powertrain for the current-generation, 2020 model year Frontier. It's a 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, paired to a nine-speed automatic. The manual Frontier died for the 2020 model year and will likely not return.

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