2016 Nissan Frontier Release Date, Diesel, Redesign, Specs – Mid-size trucks are in full revival this year – the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are almost a year old while the Toyota Tacoma comes as new for 2016 the year. The new 2016 Nissan Frontier will mostly be a carryover from the previous model and will come with very subtle changes.
However, it is still a worthy competitor to the Tacoma, but ultimately outpointed in terms of performance, comfort, and economy by its General Motors rivals. The Frontier makes a debut from the previous era, but soldiers on with a right-sized do-it-all demeanor that still serves well.
The ageing is mostly manifested through the cockpit: while the exterior sheetmetal continued to be more interesting and modern even after all these years. Two cabs will be offered with the Frontier: King Cab and the Crew Cab.
Coming with four doors and a good rear seat space, the Crew Cab will certainly be the first choice for Frontier shoppers who need more space to transport more than two people on a regular basis. The driver will be afforded a comfortable and upright seating position.
Exterior Photos & Interior Changes – 2016 Nissan Frontier
Nissan has made a design that has blended enough modernism and traditional truck cues possible that will enable the truck last for a very long period of time. It still looks fresh and interesting – a feat that will be a pain in the ass of traditional rivals like GMC, Chevy and Toyota.
The exterior changes for 2016 will most certainly include reduction in weight, which, along with the diesel engine as we will later see, will drastically improve the fuel economy. The reduction in weight will probably be as a result of extensive use of high-strength frame, which is both lighter and stronger than conventional steel.
Other changes to be observed will include a sharper grille in the grille, new headlight options, alloy wheels, new side mirrors, and an extended palette of colors.
As for the interior changes, the new 2016 Nissan Frontier will sure please Auburn and Tacoma drivers with its high-tech gadgetry and refined amenities. Some of the few amenities which you will find cozy will include NissanConnect. It makes it possible for anyone on the vehicle to enjoy hands-free access to music, navigation, and more. Extra storage will be made possible by the optional overhead console for additional space especially for smaller items as well as flipping up the rear seats.
Another luxury will be the rearview camera which will come handy when monitoring rear traffic in order to eliminate accidents.
Engine Specs – Nissan Frontier 2016
Under the hood of the new 2016 Nissan Frontier will be a choice of three engine options which will include a 2.8L inline 4-cylinder Cummins diesel option, a 2.5L four-cylinder and finally a 3.5L V6 powerplant.
Unfortunately, the stats for the 2.5L and 3.5L are highly concealed, but we do know those of the 2.8L inline which will provide an output of around 200 horsepower. While considering it’s a midrange option, we expect the top of the range engine option, which will most certainly be the 3.5L V6, to peak somewhere at a high of 200/low and 300hp/high.
The fuel economy ratings have not yet been provided also, however, judging from the 2015 Nissan Frontier, it provided 23 miles per gallon on the highway, so we should expect the same figures for the gas-powered engine options.
Finally, towing stats are yet to be released, but considering last year’s model pulled 6,500 pounds, we should therefore anticipate something more. The Frontier doesn’t fare well in terms of safety scores due to lack of recent crash-test data. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) doesn’t have any conclusive ratings as yet, but IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) give it a ‘good score’.
Some of the safety features include a rear view camera and sonar parking sensors. There will be no forward collision warning systems for the Frontier.
Wheelbase: 10 ft. 5.9 in. (125.9 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 1.5 in. (205.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.8 in. (72.8 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 33.5 ft³
Curb weight: 3708 lbs
Top Speed: 108 mph
0-60: 8,2 sec
MPG: 22/30 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Magnetic Black…
Towing Capacity: 6500 lbs
Price & Release Date of the New Nissan Frontier For 2016
Despite the lack of crucial info from Nissan about the performance specs of the new Frontier, the vehicle is rumored to feature a price tag of around $18,000, which will definitely make it the cheapest truck out there.
Its release according to industry pundits will most probably be towards the end of this year.