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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 FrontierNissan 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 FrontierNissan 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 Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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