2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Might Be New Off-Road Performer


It’s no secret that the next generation of the popular pickup truck is on the way. This will be the first major overhaul after more than 15 years, so expectations from the new version are huge. Besides typical redesign upgrades and updates, we are also about to see some new versions and trim levels. One of them should be the 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, which is expected to be a hi-performance off-road truck, some kind of response to models like Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevy Colorado ZR2, Ford Ranger Raptor etc.

Therefore, you may count on upgrades that are typical for these kinds of pickup trucks, which means a lot of additional work on the chassis and suspension setup, as well as various visual upgrades. On the other side, things under the hood will probably remain the same. Nissan has already introduced a new powertrain, which debuted in the outgoing model. We expect to see this version by the end of the year.

2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner

2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Design

In terms of base design characteristics, the new 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner will be based on the next-generation Frontier, which is on the way. Besides the familiar base layout, you may also count on various upgrades, both in terms of mechanics and in terms of aesthetics.

When it comes to mechanical upgrades, the first thing that comes to mind is a new suspension setup. Of course, you may count on an off-road setup. Count on new shocks and dampers, as well as on higher ground clearance. Certain chassis reinforcement is expected too, as well as things like new brakes, wheels, off-road tires etc.

When it comes to aesthetics, the new 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner will be heavily based on the upcoming next-generation model. The new Frontier is expected to come with Titan-inspired styling. A big portion of exclusive details is about to come as well. Count typical upgrades that will accentuate the model’s off-road character. This includes new bumpers, skid plates, off-road tires, tow hooks and similar things. Also, we could see some exclusive color options in the offer.

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When it comes to interior design, it is pretty hard to talk about details at the moment. Still, the thing that seems certain is a completely new cabin layout that will come with the new generation. This would include a new dashboard design, higher quality of materials, loads of new tech features and similar things. The 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner would probably come with some upgrades, in terms of exclusive features, sporty seats, new trim materials and similar things. Also, count on a pretty long list of standard equipment.

2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Engine

When it comes to the powertrain, Nissan has already launched a new engine. This was a pretty interesting move, as the next-generation engine debuted in the outgoing model. We are pretty sure that the 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner will come with the same unit under the hood. It is a new 3.8-liter V6, which replaces the old 4.0-liter unit and which brings improvements both in terms of power and fuel efficiency. The total output goes around 300 horsepower and another important novelty is the company’s brand-new 9-speed automatic gearbox, which debuted in the updated Titan recently. Of course, 4×4 drive seems like a certain thing, as well as locking rear differential.

2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Rendering

2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Release Date and Price

When it comes to the 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner release date, we expect that this version will arrive at the same time as the rest of the lineup. If we look at price tags of key rivals, the starting price should go around 40-45.000 dollars.

What to Expect from the Next-Generation Frontier?

The 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner will be just one of the numerous versions that are about to come with the next generation of this mid-size pickup truck. This overhaul will come after full 15 years, so there is no doubt we will see a lot of novelties. When it comes to the base design, one of the interesting things is that the new model will stick to a good-old F-Alpha platform, although we are about to see significant improvements in various aspects. The new model will be lighter, more driveable, more capable  and more efficient.

Of course, new aesthetics are another thing we count on. We expect that the new model will adopt the brand’s new design language, introduced with Titan’s updated look. Of course, there is always room for a couple of exclusive aesthetical solutions, while another thing we expect to see is a variety of cab designs and bed lengths in the offer.

As we already mentioned, the new engine is ready for the new model, while we also count on completely new cabin design, which higher quality, more technologies and a higher level of comfort.

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