Just days after revealing the 2021 3.8-liter direct-injection V6 engine and an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission at a recently concluded event, Nissan has managed to pull off a surprise. They have wasted no time in putting that motor to use in the 2020 Frontier pickup truck.
Nissan has years of experience in making consumer cars and sports cars. The company has made innovative leaps in their lifetime, especially with their GT-Rs. The GT-R is Nissan’s most successful car, and rightfully so. The Frontier is the Mid-Size Truck from Nissan. Nissan is not ready for an all-new Frontier, but they decided to bring the next generation of engine and transmission to their outgoing model.
The new direct-injection 3.8 Liter V6 makes 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 49 hp over the 2019 model. The torque figures are the same as the previous 4.0 Liter V6. Nonetheless, the all-new 9-speed automatic transmission coupled with the new V6 gives the Frontier a better fuel economy and performance. The all-new engine is using 93 percent new or redesigned parts.
At the Reception, Tiago Castro, - director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc- said. "The 2020 Frontier lays the groundwork for the exciting, next-generation Frontier – an all-new pickup truck slated to arrive soon, While looking ahead, we're also celebrating our strong heritage – including the innovations, versatility, and reliability of past models, such as the 2007 Frontier that Chicago resident Brian Murphy has driven for more than one million miles."
The current frontier is 6 years old and is due for an update, Nissan is trying to breath new life into the outgoing Frontier with the new engine and transmission. Going up against the cars like the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, and the Toyota Tacoma, the Frontier feels slightly off-pace. All its competitors have had an update recently, and the Frontier is the latest to follow. Nissan is set to bring a heavily updated version of the Frontier in 2021, and they are giving current-gen Frontier a last hurrah before they bring in the new-gen model.
Castro added "From its roots tracing back more than 60 years, to the current model, Frontier has had a lasting impact on the compact and mid-size truck segments in North America. As Nissan transitions to the next chapter, we celebrate both a proud past and a bright future with the heart of the Next Frontier."
The Frontier is definitively not their best selling car, but the frontier is one of the best Mid-Size trucks available in the market in terms of performance. With a new engine and transmission, the 2020 Frontier has definitely upped its game and given all of us, a hint of what to expect from future Nissan trucks.
If you are in the market for a performance Mid-Size truck your options are the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon or the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. With the 2020 Frontier joining this lineup, Nissan plans to spice up this market of entry-level pickup trucks and give buyers, more choices to choose from.