As one successful era ends, another is just beginning in the heart of the 2020 Nissan Frontier – which features an all-new 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission. The new 310-horsepower engine offers best-in-class horsepower1 while also providing improved fuel economy2 and emissions performance. Both the engine and transmission will be key elements in the next-generation Frontier.
Development of the new engine focused on the needs and demands of truck owners in the U.S. The engine features 93 percent new or redesigned parts, and the powerplant underwent extensive testing in North America. Key technical features in the design of the all-new engine include the direct injection gasoline system, cylinder heads with integrated exhaust manifolds, a variable displacement oil pump, variable timing control and a variable tumble control valve.
The new 9-speed automatic is similar to the one introduced on the 2020 TITAN and is designed to maximize powertrain efficiency and provide enhanced acceleration feel.
The 2020 Frontier is available in rear-wheel drive or available shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and electronically controlled part-time transfer case. The suspension includes an all-steel double-wishbone front suspension and solid axle leaf rear suspension with overslung leaf springs with long suspension stroke for optimized off-road ride and ground clearance. Steering is provided by a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system, while 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are also standard on all grades.
The 2020 Frontier offers a number of other upgrades for the new model year, including standard push button start. In addition, a number of features are now standard for all grades: leather shift knob, manual tilt steering, power door locks and power windows with driver side auto-down.
The 2020 Frontier, which marks the last model year of the current generation. It will go on sale in spring 2020, with pricing to be announced at that time.
Comparison based on 2020 Frontier S vs. latest in-market Ward's Small Truck segment. Base models compared. Based on manufacturer's website.
Final fuel economy figures will be available at a later date.