Next generation Nissan Frontier will hit the production line in Mississippi

Article by Christian A., on September 14, 2017

The Nissan Frontier will officially hit the production line, according to the Japanese automaker. They also confirmed that the mid-size pickup truck will be assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. Despite this confirmation, the automaker did not say when the production will begin, but this is a sign that change is on its way.

Vice President of Manufacturing at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, Steve Marsh, said that their employees in Canton are excited to build the next generation Frontier, considering it to be one of the best pickup trucks in America.

We have not received many details from Nissan with regards to the pickup’s new design. But if we remember correctly, back in 2014, the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept was introduced and it indicates the possibility of a diesel engine in the lineup. If that pushes through, the Frontier will probably be equipped with a Cummins-sourced 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that can give out as much as 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and more than 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-metres) of torque.

Looking at today’s trend, it seems like the mid-size pickup segment is booming in the United States. Some of the Nissan Frontier’s competitors would be the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and the Ford Ranger. However, we cannot really say that these models will compete against the Frontier because the current model dates back to 2005, and it does not have modern features that the other brands can flaunt.

Having said that, the current Frontier’s platform might be dangerous to driver safety. In fact, the Frontier had the worst performance during a recent test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as it had to do a round of crash tests. It got a marginal score (a level above the lowest grade) in the agency’s small-overlap crash test. The pickup also did not have a front crash prevention system, and the headlights were poorly rated as well. In today’s standards, the outgoing Frontier will definitely not protect the driver from a serious car crash.

What we find interesting is the fact that Nissan is still developing a next generation Frontier, after the company found a loss of interest from buyers. For instance, sales from January to August 2017 are down by 18.9 percent, selling only 50,097 units compared to last year’s 61,792. That’s not much compared to Chevrolet selling 71,763 units of the Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma selling more than double at 129,362 units.

Currently, the Nissan Canton plant is in charge of building models like Murano, Titan, Titan XD, NV Cargo and NV Passenger. There are about 6,400 employees who work there and they deliver around 450,000 vehicles annually.

Source: Nissan

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

It has been nearly eight years since Toyota entered a new era of sports cars when it officially unveiled the production version of the Toyota 86 – also known as...
by - February 27, 2019
The new Audi TT RS – yes, the top version of the German carmaker’s facelifted TT model series – is now officially here. If you could remember, the range-topping TT...
by - February 18, 2019
Nearly half a year ago when McLaren Automotive unveiled the McLaren 600LT Coupe, the British carmaker is now introducing a version that lets its passengers enjoy the thrill of an...
by - January 25, 2019
German carmaker Volkswagen is now making the latest evolution of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI -- the new Golf GTI TCR. First unveiled as a concept at the annual GTI...
by - January 24, 2019
It has been three and a half years since BMW unveiled the sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series. Thus, it is really about to give the 7 Series a...
by - January 17, 2019