There aren’t many options when it comes to a midsize truck, even with GMC and Chevrolet back in the mix. While still limited, more competition means other automakers have to step up their game and that’s exactly what Nissan has done. The 2016 Nissan Frontier will come with new paint colors and a slight price increase.
The 2016 Frontier S King Cab 4×2 with a five speed manual transmission starts at $18,090. That’s easily the cheapest you can find a new truck for these days. The top end of the Frontier’s spectrum comes is the Pro-4X crew cab models. They run in at $35,410, still not a bad price for a fully loaded pickup.
Nissan’s also looking to appeal to the color conscious as well. New additions to the color spectrum for 2016 include copper, gun metallic, and magnetic black. That brings the total up to eight colors.
The 2016 Frontier comes with two engines. A 2.5-liter four cylinder, with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, is available in King cab models only. The more powerful 4-liter V6 engine runs in with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The Frontier is available in five trims for the 2016 model year.
The full size truck segment has always been filled with tough competition, and this is no surprise for Nissan or us here at Nissan of Lake Charles. With competition becoming even fiercer over the next two years with new models from key competitors, Nissan is prepared and vowed, to dig its heels in and field an all-new full size truck model of its own.
Pierre Loing, vice president, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas was quoted saying, “As a full-line manufacturer, we aim to be a player in every part of the truck business…our truck teams in Michigan, Arizona, Tennessee and Mississippi are hard at work on a next generation full-size truck line that will expand Titan’s appeal to a broader spectrum of truck buyers, including the all-important skilled trades-buyers. Our new truck will be filled with Nissan innovation and expertise without compromise.”
Although no timelines or details about the new model are being released currently, we here at Nissan of Lake Charles believe that with the increasing popularity of the Titan, since its release in 2003, Nissan will be fielding a strong full size truck segment competitor.
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.