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Here's everything we know about the completely redesigned 2021 Nissan Frontier

Nissan is planning to show off its next-generation Frontier pickup truck later this year.

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Nissan has long promised that its Frontier was being redesigned. The current second-generation model was new for the 2005 model year. A child born that year is able to get its drivers license this year. While Nissan has remained rather tight-lipped about the third-generation Nissan Frontier, AutomotiveMap has been able to nail down some specifics.

2020 Nissan Frontier Nissan hinted at the future of Frontier with refreshed 2020 model. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The 2021 Nissan Frontier will be lighter than the 2020.

Since the second-gen model came out, steel and aluminum combinations have been revised to strengthen the abilities of the materials. These changes make the models not just more crashworthy but also lighter, allowing for less material to be used to achieve safer vehicle bodies. This results in more passenger space and greater greenhouse. Lighter vehicles are also more fuel-efficient.

It will have the same engine as the 2020 Frontier.

Nissan debuted its new Frontier power plant this year. It's a significant upgrade from engines available in previous model year Frontiers. The new engine is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor in the second-gene truck and you should expect it to be even more so in the third-get Frontier, which will undoubtedly be more aerodynamic.

Nissan is giving the truck a best-in-class 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. Yes, 310 horsepower. That's a 49-horsepower jump from the available 4.0-liter V6 in the 2019 model and more than double the amount of horsepower in the 2019's base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

The new V6 gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. It's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Nissan Frontier Nissan provided this image of how the new V6 fits into the 2020 Frontier.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

We have an idea about its list of standard features.

The 2020 Frontier comes standard with push-button start, a leather shift knob, manual tilt steering, power door locks, and power windows with driver side auto-down. It is likely that the 2021 Frontier won't come with less than that.

Also expect Nissan Safety Shield 360, the automaker's suite of safety technology, to make an appearance. We may also see Nissan's driver assist technology, under the ProPilot Assist umbrella, make an appearance.P

There may be a Nissan Frontier Nismo.

Word on the street is that Nissan is testing a Nismo variant of the Frontier. Sources say that the model could battle the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ford Ranger Raptor in terms of off-road prowess.

We won't see it until late 2020.

The new Frontier is slated to be revealed later this year.

It probably won't be priced below $20,000.

Nissan has loved saying that their Frontier starts below $20,000 but with new tooling to pay for and a company to keep solvent it's unlikely that they'll keep the starting price that low. For comparison, the Chevrolet Colorado starts just over $21,000 and most of the other trucks in the segment start between $24,000 ad $27,000.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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