On the market for more than a decade now, the current Frontier is finally approaching its end of life. The truck is expected to be kept alive for around two years at most. After that, it will be replaced by the future 2018 Nissan Frontier which will have nothing in common with it. Nissan hasn’t said much about it so far but considering the current model, it is quite easy to assume how it will look. For starters, the truck will be based on the latest Navara. This means that the two will share the same chassis, running gear, most of the interior and likely some engines and exterior cues.
Rendering of the 2018 Nissan Frontier
2018 Nissan Frontier Release date and price
This is not a bad thing, though. Because the Navara is one of Nissan’s best models, it is a great truck. This means that the future Frontier will be no different. The only real problem we see here might be the price. So far there hasn’t been any type of official information about it or about the release date. Many rumors suggest that the new Frontier will be revealed sometime in the mid of 2017. Also, when it will hit the market it should cost under $25,000.
For the 2018 Nissan Frontier, the biggest change will be the addition of a diesel engine. Its petrol offerings will not be missing either. Even though not official just yet, three different engines might be available right from the start. The base truck might be the first to come with a turbocharged petrol engine in its class. This would be a 2 liter inline 4 unit offering close to 230 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. This should easily replace any type of naturally aspirated inline 4 with better efficiency, more power, and likely better towing capabilities as well. A larger V6 will most definitely be also offered. However, instead of the old 4 liter V6, a smaller 3.5-liter engine with closer to 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque should be made available.
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2018 Nissan Frontier
Despite these changes, the cabin of the 2018 model of the Frontier should be identical to the ongoing Navara. The materials, general layout, driving position and even most of the equipment level should be identical. The only real differences here will be the safety features. The US model should come, at least as optional extras, with cross-lane detection, a frontal collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.