Overseas reveal points to the next-gen Nissan Frontier pickup

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The next-generation Nissan Frontier pickup will receive larger and more accentuated headlights and taillights, more contoured body styling and a V-shaped front grille much like Nissan's newest car designs.

Officially, Nissan North America is saying nothing about its future Frontier, which is expected in the United States next year.

But the automaker's Latin American and Southeast Asian marketing companies went public last week with the NP300 Navara, their version of the restyled mid-sized pickup. And except for homologation and market-by-market differences under the hood, the trucks use same design as the Frontier.

Images from Latin America and Thailand indicate a U.S. Frontier that will get front corners that are more rounded and headlights that sweep back farther from the front end. The truck also receives a redesigned interior and center console with high-resolution color instrument clusters.

In a company statement intended for overseas consumers, Nissan's global planning chief Andy Palm-er said the new truck will offer "more comfort, convenience, and SUV-inspired features."

The makeover comes as the Frontier is stirring among U.S. consumers. Nissan sold 30,221 units of the pickup in the first five months of this year, up 26 percent from the first five months of 2013.

Fred Diaz, Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, has been fanning Frontier sales since Nissan recruited him from Chrysler last year.

In February, Diaz began soliciting dealer feedback for a future Frontier equipped with a four-cylinder diesel engine.

You can reach Lindsay Chappell at lchappell@crain.com.


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