A premium of over $7,500 as compared to the 2019 model’s starting price!

The Nissan Frontier is known for its rock-like build and reliability. The truck is over a decade old, but Nissan hasn’t really given it any new clothes or makeup over the years. However, the 2021 model is expected to bring about a lot of changes. Generally, such changes rarely command a significant price increase, and that seems to be the case with the Frontier.

According to a report from CarsDirect, the Nissan Frontier’s starting price will be increased by over $7,500! The 2019 Nissan Frontier starts at $18,636, but the 2021 model is expected to come with a starting price tag of $26,280. That’s an increase of almost 45-percent! But, why? Is it going to come with gold screws and bolts?

Fleet Owners Have Been Intimated About The 2021 Frontier

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CarsDirect reports that fleet owners are being informed about the 2021 Frontier’s prices.

The entry-level S King Cab will wear a sticker price of $26,280, excluding the destination.

That’s a premium of $7,644 more than the price of the cheapest 2019 Frontier, which starts at $18,636. Nissan, however, has not mentioned anything about the prices or the truck itself.

The 2020 Model Brought In A Few Changes Under The Hood

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The next-gen Frontier is long due. Nissan is running the same model ever since its inception. The 2020 model, however, brought in a few changes. Nissan revealed it at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, but it still wears the same body design. The 2020 Frontier features an all-new 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that makes 310 horses and 281 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The automaker replaced the aging 4.0-liter, V-6 with this mill.

Not a lot is known about the 2021 Frontier, but we do know the company will not be offering the four-cylinder mill in the truck. That’s one of the biggest reasons because even the base trim will now be offered with a V-6 mill. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder used to generate just 152 ponies and 171 pound-feet of torque. The five-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are already retired with the 2020 model.

How Different It Will Be From The Current Decade-Old Model?

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The 2021 Nissan Frontier will share a few components with its predecessor.

This quashes the rumors that the Frontier will be more of a rebadged Nissan Navara in a different skin from the international markets.

The Frontier is known to be one of the cheapest trucks you can buy today. However, at this price point, it loses that unique selling point and falls directly in line with the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and the Toyota Tacoma. It must be noted that all these trucks still come with a four-cylinder engine. Perhaps, in that sense, the Frontier has an edge over its new rivals.

Final Thoughts

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There is close to no information available about the 2021 Nissan Frontier. We’ll have to wait and watch what will be so special in the truck that commands a premium of over $7,500. It needs to be more than just the engine and a new skin, because the Tacoma charges around $2,000 extra for the V-6 mill. You can expect the new truck to be more aerodynamic, though, which would make it an efficient one. The most-efficient model in the 2020 lineup is the two-wheel-drive trim that delivers 18 miles to the gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, according to EPA ratings.

If this news is true and the Frontier actually starts at the said premium, would you opt it over the Colorado, Tacoma, or the Ranger? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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