• Report: Next 2019 Nissan Frontier is Coming, Built in Mississippi (News)


    2018 2019 nissan frontier navara
    2017 Nissan Navara

    A recent report states the Nissan will produce the next generation Nissan Frontier at its Canton, Mississippi manufacturing facility. The new truck is reportedly coming in “about a year” from now. We have been waiting and wondering about the next generation of Nissan’s midsize truck.

    If it’s coming in a year from now, then it could very possibly be a 2019 Nissan Frontier. Nissan did not disclose any specifications about the upcoming truck. The upgraded Nissan Navar and N300 have been selling in other world markets for some time now. Nissan is still successful with the current generation Frontier in the United States.

    We expect the next Frontier to offer all of the latest safety and driver assistance technologies. It will likely have a fully redesigned interior and exterior design. The truck will likely look similar to the Navara pickup from overseas, although there is no official word one way or another.

    We look forward to more details about the next generation of the Frontier pickup. It will have to face much tougher competition in about year with the new Ford Ranger (and later) Jeep Scrambler (Wrangler pickup).

    Check out our long-term 2017 Nissan Frontier long-term pickup truck that we tested for six months “Final Frontier”.


    Andre Smirnov
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    58 thoughts on “Report: Next 2019 Nissan Frontier is Coming, Built in Mississippi (News)

    1. I wonder if it will come with the same warranty as the Titan (bumper to bumper 5YR 100K)?
      And will there be the option of a 4 cyl Cummins?

      1. The main reason they sourced the 5L V8 from Cummins is that Nissan didn’t have an in-house engine suitable for the Titan XD. The NP300 already has competitive diesel from the Nissan-Renault alliance. Unless they decide to play some domestic content game, they probably won’t use a small Cummins.

          1. IIRC, the 2.8 Cummins in the Frontier was done using some DOE money. I think it was also a 2wd, because there were packaging issues.

          2. They stand to increase profits using an in-house engine. The only reason I can think of that they would go with the Cummins is a potential saving in EPA certifications. It would be neat to see the Cummins 2.8L in something however.

            1. @Sparky and Mr Knowitall: I wonder if Nissan back themselves into the corner a bit by going with Cummins for the XD? Or.. no diesel for the Frontier for now?

            2. I wouldn’t think they’re in a corner. The “C” on the fender plays well with the target audience, but I don’t think it holds the same cache with the average Frontier buyer. A responsive and quick engine, like the twin turbo already in the NP300 would probably do better with customers.
              As for Cert costs, passenger vehicles are “chassis certified”, meaning even if Cummins offers an EPA compliant engine, it still needs to be certified in a production level vehicle, including transmission options.
              Cummins originally developed a V6 version of the ISV as well. If they could manage decent (260ish) horsepower, it would make a neat half-ton engine.

        1. They could use their twin turbo diesel…. but there are definitely benefits to using Cummins. Cummins would get people to look at a Frontier that might not otherwise consider it.

          1. Highly doubt they will use Cummins. Diesel option alone will have those wanting a diesel interested. The cummins name isn’t doing much for the XD either it seems.

            1. Good point. But for similar money would you get a 5.0 V8 Cummins in a Nissan or a tried and true I6 Cummins in a Ram? I’m not a fan-boy, just curious…

            2. The 5.0 is an underwhelming engine. I’ve driven both, I bought the 5.6 gasser XD.

              The 5.6 stacks up great against 3/4 ton gas options, the 5.0 does not even come close.

        2. @Mr Knowitall
          Renault engine could be a problem as it is built by Renault in France. Same small diesel,as used in their Master Vans. I can see them using a small 2.8 Cummins

          1. Not sure how that’s a problem. GM uses a license built VM from Thailand, FCA gets the A630 from the Peninsula, Ford imports the Puma 5cyl for the Transit… As far as I can tell, the ISF is built by Foton in China. I can’t find anything that says they’re screwed together in America.

            1. Mr Knowitall
              If they use a diesel for the new Frontier it will be Renault unit. Yes the Chinese Cummins could be very likely ,used as well., but not exactly desirable.
              I did not know you obtained so many engines from outside NA

            2. Ford Imports the 5 cylinder Puma to the U.S. from it’s own factory. That is a Ford engine, manufactured in a Ford plant. It just happens to be a Ford plant in South Africa.

    2. My options will have pretty much doubled this time next year (or so) compared to current offerings, since I figured I’d wait to move on a mid-size truck purchase.

    3. There shouldn’t be much (if any) delay between the Ranger and the Jeep. The Scrambler should be starting production just about a year from now. the JK line is going down in about 8 months to retool for the JT.
      The Tacoma will gets “minor” the following year, hopefully with some powertrain advances, like an old Lexus 8-speed and a turbo 4cyl option of some sort. the Ridgeline should be using the new corporate 10speed by then, maybe offer air suspension on the upper trims.

        1. If by “early 2018” you mean early Fall 2018, then yes. JKs will run until April or so (if production launch of the JL is smooth), and then the line needs to be changed over.

    4. Andre – – –

      It’s about time! The past design was nearly “perfect” but is now showing plunging sales and some things have to be addressed:

      There are TWO big bugaboos in this past (my Frontier’s) generation that I hope they fix:

      1) BIG ONE: Brakes! WAY underperforming!
      Will try to get “BDS” pads with extra grip when these current one wear a bit more.
      (Because of these sluggish ones, I hit the deer! If I had the old ‘96 Ram I could have stopped more easily.)

      2) LITTLE ONE: Turning circle! It’s a bloody 48 feet! For a mid-size truck (albeit Crew Cab/Long Bed), that is unacceptable.
      My ’96 Dodge Ram has a circle of 39 feet.
      So, I do have to plan my parking environments ahead a bit more.
      (I understand there is an aftermarket kit you can get to correct that, but it’s HUGE $$$$$, — essentially rebuilding the front suspension.)
      This has been a continual complaint: http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/2007-2012-nissan-altima-discussion-2-5-3-5/257064-turning-circle.html
      But people just learn to live with it, since the truck has so many virtues. And yet, I am happy overall with my 2010 Frontier.

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    5. This supposedly “New Generation” has been around from 2015 model year, almost everywhere except N.A. If it comes to US as 2019 model year, it would be 4 years behind the rest of the world and probably due for a mid-life update.
      I’m wondering why we should always get the old model and less engine options.

    6. I doubt their will be any diesel option in these newly designed Nissan frontiers. At a time when auto manufacturers like VW are getting out of the diesel market, it doesn’t seem likely that Nissan would now be jumping into the mid-sized truck market with one. There overall frontier sales are already low. Also, like has already been pointed out, their titan xd barely makes a “blip” in the sales charts. So I see no reason to add a diesel option to their frontier as well. I think they should take a “wait and see” attitude on the diesel until they see what ford and jeep actually release and how their customers react. If sales are good on their diesel options. Nissan can always add the diesel option to their frontier in a year or two.

      1. VW may be getting out of the diesel market. But Ford is jumping into the truck diesels later this year on the F-150 and possibly the Ranger later on. GM now now has the Colorado/Canyon with a diesel. Seems like we can’t use VW jumping out as a signpost of anything.

        1. Ford is jumping into diesel sales with their f150 because even if the diesel
          only makes up 10% of f150 sales that’s still a large number of sales. And if, on the other hand Nissan diesel frontiers only make up say 10% of frontier sales, the numbers are dismal. And as for the Colorado, the release of the zr2 did way more for colorado sales than did the diesel option. And yes, when one of the largest manufacturers in the world, vw, is getting out of the diesel market. It is worth noting!

          1. The reason they are getting out of the diesel business is because they got busted for their emissions cheating.They just don’t want to do the right thing and comply,so they are dumping it altogether.

            As far as diesel midsizers go,like any other vehicle,they can and do sell like hotcakes….in certain regions. Those that live in mountain states and do any kind of towing,prefer diesels over gas.

          2. VW are only getting out of the diesel market in North America. Elsewhere their vehicles will not sell without diesel. Some VW models are available in diesel only. It is also worth noting that VW only pulled their diesel engines out of the North American market after they were caught cheating on emissions. Presumably no more of their staff want to go to prison.

      2. For what it’s worth, a lot of the new Colorados and Canyons that I see have the Duramax (~$4000 premium!). It seems like it should be easy for Nissan to do. Especially with a 4-cylinder Cummins that’s manufactured here in the states (logistical advantage over their global diesel).

      3. @Dan Bush
        VW is not getting out of the Diesel market but offering (EV’s where applicable) and hybrids plus diesels.
        They already do this in Australia, An example the Cayenne is offered in Diesel, Petrol and Hybrid form in Australia.
        VW will drop the diesel option for NA

        1. Robert Ryan
          If you had bothered to read the above article you would know that it talks about the “new” frontier being build in Mississippi for the “US” market. So we’re talking about trucks in America sir, not Europe, not “down under”. And so I stand by my statement about VW pulling out of this {American vehicle} market. So why is this worthy of note: because if a world leader in automobile production believes, {probably, mostly do to emission standards, but for whatever reasons, it wants out of the American diesel market. It is a big deal. And you can bet Nissan values VW’s opinion of market conditions, even if you don’t!

          1. @Dan Bush
            I have stated elsewhere,so has Jason Scott,that VW is pulling the plug on diesels ONLY in North America. Elsewhere it is diesel heaven

            1. Robert Ryan
              And the “US market” is exactly what this article is about! Not anywhere else! And my point remains steadfast. In my “opinion”,and that’s all any of us have here is; I don’t think Nissan will be offering a diesel option in it’s new 2019 frontier in the USA. Maybe 2 or3 years down the line, if the new design sells better than the old design, things may change. I’ll offer my “opinion” on that when that time comes.

          2. @Dan Bush
            I stated elsewhere on this thread IF Nissan offers a diesel engine in the US. As Mr Knowitall thinks they may import the Renault version.

    7. I think the new to come Nissan Frontier should have at least 180-190 hp in they gasoline four-cylinder and an eight speed automatic or more gears I currently drive a 2016 Nissan Frontier it has 2.5 L gasoline four-cylinder and it has 152 hp and 171 foot pounds of torque rwd and a five speed automatic it drives like zero power just saying they can do a lot to upgrade or redo on the Nissan Frontier and also a diesel would be a good option for fuel economy,also towing and hauling a load more with the truck

    8. Hi Robert,
      Yeah,I knew they were not going to have diesels here in the US because of the scandal,and our emissions requirements for diesels are costly,and complex.

      Now what about in the eu? Are they going to continue with diesels there,or have they blown that too?

      I know I’ve read recently that most of the eu wants to ban diesels. As to whether or not they will,I don’t know,but I am curious.

      1. Lochief
        Yes they will have diesels.Over 40% of European sales are diesels. VW Commercial is all Diesel. I do see a trend for Hybrids to be added. EV’s are perfect for the very densely packed cities.

        1. It is clear VW had rather not play in the NA market as it relates to diesels. It is even more clear that the decision to not sell diesels in the NA market was also an oh so subtle middle finger the the American government. Fine us, we won’t play. I can’t blame them because our refs for diesels to my knowledge are by far the toughest. Americans also don’t buy diesels like other markets. I guess we are special….

    9. @Moondog
      Not the toughest just different. US Diesels that are compliant to US regs are not compliant to Euro V regs. Differences in emphasis on CO2 and particulates is a problem

    10. From the article above.
      “A senior BMW executive has slammed arch-rival Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class as “appalling” while confirming his company is investigating a high-performance ute of its own.
      And BMW Australia has thrown its support behind bringing the load-lugger to market.

      Hendrik von Kunheim, BMW’s senior vice president in charge of the Asia, and South Africa (including Australia), said he had been disappointed by the X-Class, which has been developed using the ladder frame chassis of the Nissan Navara.
      “When you look now at our German competitor from Stuttgart I think that product (X-Class) is appalling,” von Kunheim told Australian media bluntly at the Frankfurt motor show overnight. “You would have expected something more serious
      “I saw that car (X-Class) in Geneva and was actually disappointed. Very disappointed.
      “They can do better, they build fantastic cars, but this one was a disappointment.”
      Von Kunheim, the son of BMW’s legendary former boss Eberhard von Kunheim, said he wasn’t alone in thinking so negatively about the X-Class, which goes on-sale in Australia in early 2018.
      “I listened to some of your (media) colleagues from other countries. They said it was very cheap, very plasticky, not very much Mercedes-like what you would expect.”
      While unimpressed by the X-Class, von Kunheim made it clear he saw a BMW pick-up as a good idea. He even showed off a phone cover created by his staff that included a digitally-created image of a BMW pick-up.
      “There is a pick-up on my phone cover just to remember when I am talking to the board what are my priorities,” von Kunheim explained.

      He confirmed the concept of a BMW pick-up had progressed to the stage where it had been investigated by BMW.
      “I am well aware that BMW engineers have looked into the detail of what it takes,” von Kunheim said.
      The pick-up concept has strong support from BMW Australia managing director Marc Werner.
      “I personally believe, having been in Australia for more than three years, that there is room for a luxury ute, which is not there at this point in time.
      “I believe our company could play a crucial role to fulfill that particular niche, but it’s a question of time when this will actually happen.
      “For me it is crystal clear. If the market goes to an SUV share of 60 or 70 per cent then there is also space for a ute.”
      A BMW pick-up would be unlikely to follow the utilitarian route followed by Mercedes-Benz’s commercial vehicles division, which developed the X-Class.
      Instead, it would more likely use BMW’s CLAR (cluster architecture) monocoque structure, potentially be based on the X5 or forthcoming X7 SUV and have a strong performance emphasis.

      IAA 2017 BMW X7 concept
      “It has to drive like a typical BMW and also has to fulfil the true BMW genes,” said Werner.
      If green-lighted now a BMW ute would probably be at least three years away from production. That green light would only come if pick-up markets pushed for it together, said Werner.
      “It has to be a collaborative approach across Australia, South Africa, Russia, Brazil; those kinds of markets where the pick-up segment is almost exploding,” said Werner.
      “There is a very high-level interest in those markets.”

      1. “Instead, it would more likely use BMW’s CLAR (cluster architecture) monocoque structure, potentially be based on the X5 or forthcoming X7 SUV and have a strong performance emphasis.”

        meaning no body on frame, basically a suv with a bed like the ridgeline. what a retard

      1. Did anyone see BMW taking shots at MB over the X Class? I expected more from MB if they jumped in the truck game but they are getting hit hard for all the hard plastics in the interior. I think they just wanted a truck and maybe jumped in a little sooner than they were ready for.

          1. I think they jumped on the only platform that was available to them and this was about being first, not necessarily best. I’m not a fan of the truck at all.

            1. @Moondog
              Europeans have habit of sharing platforms. See how many of the European vans are related to each other.

    11. The cummins 2.8 crate motor is kinda weak and it does not use a VNT turbo like basically every other modern diesel. If they do use that then I seriously hope its fully reworked.

    12. Good. With the recent launches of the Renault Alaskan and the Mercedes Benz X-Class overseas it’s about time the Nissan NP300/Navara made it Stateside.

    13. Seems like everyone wants to do is talk about is dsls. I’m interested in what kinda of gas engines it will have. That is where the bread and butter is.

      Is it possible that Nissan would go to a unibody p/u like Honda did? That is a nitch p/u that Honda is doing. Nissan went to a unibody to the Pathfinder and you thought the Earth was going to stop turning. Just speculation.

      1. No. The frontier crowd would never accept such a truck, and nissan has no platform to build one.

        Currently, GM, ford, and FCA build UTE unibody trucks, but none of them will bring it here sadly.

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