2018 Nissan Frontier is highly expected, model. At Nissan said that they will launch it as soon as new Titan XD and standard version are released. Soon, they will end with this truck, meaning that the time is right for Frontier. An interesting fact is that you can already see the base of the Frontier in NP300 Navara. This truck is sold in all parts of the world, except in the United States. On the US market, it is going to be modified and it is going to be sold under 2018 Nissan Frontier name.
2018 Nissan Frontier may be based on Navara model, but it is going to look completely different. For the US market, we can expect different headlights at the front and possibly several other modifications of the front part. The reason for that are NHTSA safety protocols and to appeal to the buyers in this part of the world.
Cabins will come in King Cab and Double Cab versions. The king cab is going to have conventional doors at the front and ‘’suicide’’ doors at the back. On the other hand, we have Double Cab with all 4, conventional doors. We don’t expect a single cab version. 2018 Nissan Frontier would definitely be the first truck in the segment available with this layout. Still, chances for that are almost zero.
Other changes of the 2018 Nissan Frontier are large chromed grill at the front and presence of more chromed elements, also at the front of the car. Large mirrors are implemented as well and now they come with turn signals which improve the safety ratings. Besides all of that, there are steps available as optional extra. They should be available in several versions and the main goal is to allow easy access to the cabin which is significantly tall!
At the back, we get a tailgate, which is easy to use and paired with step bumper, a traditional element on trucks made by Nissan. Rearview camera is standard and it comes with all versions. It is important to mention that Frontier will have a new cargo space. Rails at the bottom and sides will be available. LED lights will be available as an option only. 2018 Nissan Frontier is one of the first trucks made by Nissan to have upgraded bed space, with plenty of additional optional extras, such are toolboxes, bed dividers and etc. Addition: The mentioned, new system also comes with an additional anchor point for securing the cargo.
Inside a 2018 Nissan Frontier
While the exterior isn’t going to bring huge changes, the interior will! This is the part of a car which simply must be completely redesigned in order to meet the expectations of the US buyers. Nissan Navara has an interior which looks like a car, and it isn’t suitable for trucks. In a matter of chance, it is more similar to Sentra. 2018 Nissan Frontier is going to change all of that. This truck will have much larger knobs and buttons and it will feature a steering wheel with 4 spokes.
The front seats are massive and offer impressive support, but rear seats, on the King Can version seats are too small. Double Cab version has larger and much better seats. An interesting yet small feature is cargo space on the bench.
2018 Nissan Frontier in better versions will come with a 360-degree camera system. Other versions will have the rearview camera only. When it comes to standard features, we don’t expect too much. Probably most of them will be available as optional extras.
A cabin is a nice place to be, but it is far from special. Expect average comfort and average materials. It is more focused on the practicality than on comfort. We liked the steering wheel and the simplicity, but the screen on the central console is too small. As a commercial or heavy-duty vehicle, this is an amazing interior to be.
Engines are complicated to incorporate and to find ideal ones for trucks. Without official sources, it isn’t possible to provide exact details. However, we saw a concept of Frontier with the 2.8L engine (4 cylinders) and we believe this engine may come back! The 2.5l unit is possible as well. Currently, it is present in Navara, but for Frontier, it is going to be severely modified.
2018 Nissan Frontier will have a V6 option as well. It is the 4.0L engine, which is actually old, but loaded with all-new technologies, so the end result is amazing no less. The premium car will be equipped with 5.6L, V8 engine, also an older version with modern tech.
Transmissions are already known. You will be able to get a 6-gear manual and 7-gear automatic. Both of them are sophisticated and great, but we prefer manual one. It isn’t known is it going to be available only for some versions or with all engine variations. All-wheel drive is available as well. Locking differential is standard only on Pro-4X versions, while other cars would probably have a simpler alternative. According to some sources, more affordable versions will have a 2-speed transfer case, which will send power to the front wheels, but only when a driver activates the system.
All versions will be equipped with above average suspension, so we can expect decent off-road capabilities. If we add high ground clearance, we can deduce that this car is actually going to be available for actions the first photos are showing. It can climb and cross over tough terrains, where high ground clearance, massive engines, and all-wheel drive are mandatory. 2018 Nissan Frontier will be at the top end of the segment in the off-roading capabilities.
The price of 2018 Nissan Frontier
Obviously, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is going to be available in two main versions, depending on the cab form. A King Cab is more affordable and it comes with two trim levels, S and SV. Double Cab models will be available in S, SV and SL trim versions. The price for a base model is around $19.000. The 2015 model still costs around $18.000, but the new truck is more than just loaded with clever technology, so the price can go in one direction only.
A premium version, with all optional extras and with all features will likely cost you around $40.000. Frontier isn’t extremely affordable car, but it is expected to be one of the best in the class, therefore, the price is corresponding.
2018 Nissan Frontier is going to have a tough competition, which is already present on the market. Probably the most severe one is going to be Chevrolet Colorado. It has similar design and similar engines, but it is more refined and more elegant. The premium version is more affordable as well, while the base one is more expensive.
The main, hybrid-based competitor is Toyota Tacoma. It is actually one of rare trucks to offer hybrid power plant. Yes, the price is high, but it is a well-made truck. It is comfortable, it has all the features you can get and it is reliable.
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is going to be an excellent car. It is well-made and it is based on a trusted model. We wait to see it and it is expected that this truck hit the US market at the end of 2017 or in 2018. The details are unknown, but this is the most likely time frame. Overall, the car is a decent choice and probably a much better one than several other competitors. Engines, drivetrain, and interior are going to be excellent. Let’s not forget about the bed technology which will be one of the first of its kind. At the end, we can only say that this car is worth of waiting.