Sometimes, we believe that Nissan’s mid-size off-road truck is overshadowed by Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. Also, the new Ford Ranger is getting the Raptor package, which is going to move the 2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X lower in the popularity order. With no reason. The truck is very capable and offers a lot of quality options for a smooth ride over the toughest terrains. Since the Frontier is going to be redesigned soon, it could draw more attention to this special edition.
The Japanese company already started with changes its flagship vehicle. The new engine is under the hood. A 3.8-liter V6 is going to be the main source of power for upcoming next-gen models. Being a fresh source of power, we still don’t have complete feedback from buyers. The first impressions are positive.
2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X New Engine Specifications
Frontier was one of the most affordable pickup trucks in the market. Nevertheless, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit is offering modest outputs. 150 horsepower is not going to satisfy the needs of truckers that want to take their rides off-road. So, a 4.0-liter stepped in. Although it meets power requirements, the engine was more than thirsty with the Pro-4X package.
The new unit is a 3.8-liter V6, which produces more power than its predecessor. Buyers can count on 50 ponies more, as well as 10 lb-ft of torque (310 hp and 290 pound-feet). The new engine comes with a new transmission. A nine-speed auto gearbox makes the ride more efficient. Also, there is no more manual option for the 2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X or any other trim level.
2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Upgrades
The truck is on the line with the most capable off-road models we can find in the market. Nissan picked Bilstein shocks absorbers. Many experts consider these as the best in the market, better than Fox, available for all 2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X rivals. A four-wheel drive is the only option (do not mix it with AWD). The heavy-duty suspension will make the ride smoother and electronic rear differential improves the handling. Finally, there are all-new all-terrain tires wrapping 16-inch wheels.
Price, Release Date, Competition
Like said, the base Frontier is the best option if your budget is limited. The Pro-4X upgrade will cost around $10,000. The starting price of $37,000 is a better offer than the competition can make. The 2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is available only with the Crew Cab and short bed competition. The new model will be available when the situation with the COVID-19 outburst calms down. It could happen by the end of this year, or early in 2021.
The new engine will definitely make the 2021 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X more interesting. Not only for buyers but also for the competition. Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro are leaders in the off-road truck segment. Nevertheless, Jeep goes strong into the market with the Gladiator. Rubicon edition is coming in 2021 and after that, we could see the Hercules. Of course, a lot of things are going to change when Ford launches Ranger Raptor.