Word around the automotive world is the upcoming 2021 Nissan Frontier is set to undergo a much-needed redesign to help it compete with the market’s other tech-laden trucks. However, details of the redesign are scarce at this point, as Nissan is keeping many of the latest details under lock and key.
Since we don’t fully know what to expect from the new iteration of the Nissan Frontier, it only makes sense to speculate on what upgrades should be included.
Nissan Frontier: What Upgrades Should We See?
The Nissan Frontier has always been one of the staples of the trucking world, but it’s never been the cream of the crop. With Nissan planning to make significant upgrades and offer additional features in the upcoming 2021 model, it seems imperative for them to hit the nail on the head.
The following are five ideas for upgrades that would help the 2021 Nissan Frontier shine.
Nissan Frontier: Add a Digital Instrument Cluster
You have no idea how much easier life is with a digital instrument cluster until you’ve actually experienced one. No longer are you limited to the various analog options your car was built with. Instead, you have seemingly endless information in front of your face and at your fingertips.
The 2020 Frontier still came standard with the old-school instrument cluster. It’s time for Nissan to usher their popular truck into the 21st century with a digital instrument cluster.
Nissan Frontier: Make a Wireless Charging Pad Optional
Yes, a wireless charging pad seems like a small thing. However, in the modern world where technology and connectivity continue to play a larger role in our lives, it’s absolutely necessary for our phones to be ready whenever we need them.
Sure, you can charge your phone while driving via USB — just about every car built in the last decade has at least one. But then you’re putting your phone’s fate in the hands of cords that never seem to work and your phone is tethered to a particular spot.
With a wireless charging pad, you can charge your mobile lifeline through a much more reliable power source — your truck. It may seem like an unnecessary convenience, but it’s just what our fingers need to ensure the scrolling never stops.
Nissan Frontier: Additional Storage Space
One of the biggest low points of the Nissan Frontier in past years has been the lack of storage space. Meanwhile, much of the competition has emphasized designing clever cubbies and other storage spaces into the cabin, pleasing drivers everywhere with the extended ability to lug their stuff.
Put simply, upgraded cargo storage is a must for the 2021 Nissan Frontier.
Nissan Frontier: More Powertrain Options
The 2020 version of the Nissan Frontier offered an all-new 3.8L V6 engine featuring 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. It was an improvement on prior model years, but the problem was that only one option was available. As you probably know, truck drivers are not one-size-fits-all kinds of folks.
In 2021, the Nissan Frontier should give potential buyers a choice when it comes to their powertrain. Maybe an upgraded, turbocharged version of the standard engine, along with a diesel variant that gives drivers even more opportunities to customize their new Frontier?
Nissan Frontier: An Exterior Overhaul
Based on what we know about the 2021 Nissan Frontier so far, the indication is that the exterior — primarily the front end — will get a major facelift after years of stagnation. While it seems the update to the exterior has essentially been confirmed, it’s worth calling out as a must-have for the upcoming model. The old Frontier look has gone stale over the years. It’s time for a new look to Nissan’s most popular truck.