Although the midsize pickup segment is not growing in nameplates (there are fewer than there were five years ago), it has been growing in sales, with 2015 sales up more than 35 percent from the year before. Given GM's announcement that it's increasing production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and the fact that Toyota's new Tacoma continues to be a hit — not to mention that the new Honda Ridgeline goes on sale later this year — we expect midsize sales to keep growing.
Against that backdrop, the next midsize pickup truck likely to get a thorough revamp is the Nissan Frontier. Our friends at TopSpeed.com have put together these illustrations of what the next Frontier might look like and speculated on what it might have under its skin as a U.S. version of Nissan's global NP300 Navara midsize pickup.
We think their assumptions and suggestions make sense. And if Nissan does not come to the table with the baby Cummins diesel engine option on TopSpeed's wish list, we'll be disappointed.
Judging by the most recent set of spy photos we've seen of the next Mercedes-Benz pickup and/or Nissan Frontier (they have a partnership for midsize pickups), this Navara-based design could make the Frontier a solid rival for the Tacoma, Colorado and Canyon.
TopSpeed.com illustrations, David Kiss