Nissan’s subsequent technology Frontier is nearing manufacturing, and these spy images reveal what we’ve not actually realized concerning the new truck: its inside. Whereas it is clear that Nissan put some effort into disguising lots of the inside parts, it wasn’t sufficient.
Many particulars are nonetheless obscured and the fairing trim is certainly pre-production, however we will see greater than sufficient to understand what Nissan has in retailer for the cabin of its refurbished pickup truck. Let’s begin with the bike, which now not seems like a junkyard practice from a Versa, after which with the infotainment display screen, which was designed clearly subsequent to the dashboard opening and never afterwards. It would not look significantly huge in these images – in all probability Eight or 9 inches diagonal – but it surely’s a far cry from what we’re used to on the outgoing border.
Elsewhere we will see that the supplies have been improved virtually universally. There are even contrasting stitching on the dashboard on the passenger aspect above the glove compartment. The HVAC controls have been consolidated a bit, and beneath we see two USB ports (one basic; one Kind C), a swap for the truck’s parking sensors, and switches for a heated steering wheel and heated seats, indicating that it is a fairly effectively geared up mannequin.
Nevertheless, from what we will see from the instrument cluster, Nissan seems to be sticking to analog shows, possible with a digital data display screen between them. There’s additionally loads of room for an even bigger display screen primarily based on the quantity of area within the entrance bezel. So it’s attainable that there’s nonetheless some area to discover past the tools degree of this prototype.
The brand new Frontier gives much more than simply an inside improve, and by chance we have already had the prospect to check its powertrain. The three.8-liter V6 develops 310 hp, 49 greater than the previous 4.0-liter and 158 greater than the discontinued four-cylinder base engine. This efficiency additionally makes it probably the most highly effective mid-range truck within the phase. The 281 pound-feet of torque is unchanged, however that is nonetheless greater than what you get from the V6s within the Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma.
Solely the diesel Colorado and the turbo four-cylinder of the Ford Ranger surpass the torque of the Nissan. Within the present physique, that is ok for mixed gas consumption of 20 mpg with RWD and 19 mpg with 4WD, which is 1 and a couple of mpg respectively higher than the 4.0-liter predecessor. The credit score goes to the lighter, extra environment friendly engine and the extra gear ratios. Nevertheless, with related V6 RWD computerized vehicles, gas economic system remains to be the final within the phase. The 4WD joins the V6 Gladiator and Colorado and outperforms the Colorado ZR2 with a V6. We count on these numbers to enhance as soon as Nissan can pair the brand new chassis with the up to date, possible slimmer physique of the 2021 mannequin.