The Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup that competes with trucks such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. This current generation truck is quite old — its last full redesign was during the second George W. Bush administration — but it is getting a few updates for 2020.
The most important chance is that Nissan has outfitted the 2020 Frontier with a brand-new 3.8-liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. This V6 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that's similar to the one in its Titan and Titan XD full-size trucks. The combination replaces both previously available powertrains in the Frontier, a weaker 4.0-liter V6 or four-cylinder paired to a choice of two manual transmissions or a five-speed automatic.
Think of the V6 and nine-speed pairing as a sneak preview of the 2021 Frontier, which will be a fully redesigned model that finally replaces the current generation. We expect Nissan to unveil the 2021 Frontier before the end of this year.