It was no secret that the Mercedes X-Class ran on a modified Nissan Frontier chassis. This year, however, Mercedes decided to end production of the X-Class, ending the automaker’s push into the luxury pickup segment. However, elements of the X-Class could survive in the new 2021 Nissan Frontier, if a new report from Autoblog.com.ar is correct.
According to the post, Mercedes has made several changes to the Frontier’s chassis for the X-Class, and it looks like Nissan will be making many of those changes. This includes structural reinforcements made by the German manufacturer to improve the strength of the chassis and the driving dynamics of the truck. When the new Frontier arrives for the 2021 model year, it will feature the same chassis cross members as the X-Class.
A complete overhaul of the pickup is out of the question for now. In May, Nissan announced a restructuring plan that called for the launch of 12 new models over the next 18 months, as the company sought to sell juice, cut costs and increase profits. The Frontier is part of that strategy, but even Nissan has said parts of the current truck will be in next year’s vehicle. This includes the 3.8-liter V6 and the nine-speed transmission of the 2020 model. The mill produces 310 horsepower (231 kilowatts).
Concrete details on the new pickup other than what Nissan has already said remain elusive. Rumors suggest that the V6 may be the only engine available, which would significantly increase the truck’s entry-level price tag. However, we expect an all new styling, inside and out, to help the pickup compete in a growing segment that includes heavy trucks like the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger and the Chevy Colorado. Nissan released a brief teaser of the truck, along with the rest of its redesigned lineup in May. The teaser hints at an all-new design that might make customers forget about borrowed coins.