As Nissan pulls out of the Detroit-dominated full-size pickup segment next year, the Japanese automaker will refocus its attention and resources into a more competitive arena — midsize pickups.
But according to a supplier memo obtained by Automotive News, production of the current-generation midsize Frontier at Nissan's factory in Canton, Miss., has been extended two years beyond its previously expected redesign, now carrying into the 2029 model year.
The previous Frontier went 17 years before undergoing its first major redesign in 2021.
In the memo, Nissan didn't offer suppliers a reason for the life cycle extension, but one supplier briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified, told Automotive News that the previously planned changeover would have come just as the Canton factory is gearing up to build new Nissan and Infiniti electric vehicles.
Nissan doesn't want "a major model launch during the time that they're starting up" EV production, the source said.
It is now unclear whether the pickup will receive another redesign, the person said.