The new generation of the mid-size pickup truck is finally coming after full 15 years. Therefore, the expectations are pretty big from a new model. Although the company still keeps most details as secret, we can make a picture of the new-model’s look. Moreover, some details seem pretty certain, such as a new V6 engine. On the other side, there are also many things that are still in a domain of rumors, such as the 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel.
Despite that the current, 15-year-old model still makes pretty good sales numbers, it definitely needs big changes to remain competitive. Moreover, the company wants to expand the offer, so we may count on alternate powertrain options as well. Of course, the 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel is among them. As you know, many trucks will soon get diesel options, which is something that’s becoming highly popular in North America, so we don’t see a reason why the new Frontier wouldn’t come in the same manner.
2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel Engine
Of course, the first thing we should talk about is the engine. The reason why we strongly believe in this version of the new Frontier is that the new generation will be heavily based on the internationally-offered Navara, which predominately uses oil-burners. Therefore, adding such an engine to the lineup wouldn’t cost too much, but could notably improve sales numbers.
Therefore, we may presume that the Frontier Diesel would use the same 2.3-liter turbodiesel from Renault. This engine comes in two output variants, with either 160 or 190 horsepower and it offers a fantastic balance between power and efficiency. On one side, a small displacement would provide high mpg ratings. On the other, the engine is powerful enough to ensure the max towing capacity of more than 7.500 pounds.
Base models will get a new V6 engine!?
Of course, a diesel version of the new truck will be an option. On the other side, standard models will carry on with gasoline units. According to the latest reports, the new truck will get a new 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 300 horsepower and which will replace both 2.5- and 4.0-liter units.
2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel will be heavily based on the Navara, as we already mentioned. This means it will continue to ride on a good-old F-Alpha platform, which will receive significant updates for this occasion. Of course, we count on significant weight savings, improved efficiency and similar things. Also, we presume that the Frontier will be slightly bigger than Navara, so you may count on a couple of more inches in wheelbase. Also, many sources suggest that the new generation will offer an off-road performance version and that it will be available with a diesel engine too.
When it comes to aesthetics, there is no doubt that this redesign is going to bring significant changes. The current generation has been around for a full 15 years, so it’s not strange that it looks really outdated. The new model will come with significant improvements and the latest reports suggest the new model will feature a Titan-inspired look, which has also been updated recently. There is no doubt that such a design approach would make this truck look very attractive. Of course, the 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel shouldn’t feature any particular difference compared to the standard gasoline model.
Another thing we should mention is that the 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel will reportedly be available only in a crew-cab layout.
2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel Release Date and Price
According to the latest reports, the new 2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel will hit the market by the end of the year. We presume that base versions will go between 30.000 and 35.000 dollars. Of course, Chevy Colorado Diesel is seen as a key competitor. Still, keep in mind that Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator are also coming with diesel versions.