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2020 Nissan Frontier: Same old truck, brand-new powertrain

This midsize pickup is, to be polite, old, but a redesigned model is on the way and we get a taste of it for 2020.

Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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Nope, there's really nothing new to see here. 

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But there's magic under the hood. The next-generation Frontier's powertrain is coming out a year early. 

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The truck will feature a newly designed 3.8-liter V6 providing 310 horsepower.

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That engine will be matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, the manual gearbox is going away.

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Performance and efficiency should both be improved. 

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This new V6 replaces both the Frontier's base, four-cylinder engine and its up-level, 4.0-liter V6.

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Nissan is breathing a little life into an old model before bringing out its totally overhauled replacement.

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