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The mid-size truck segment is getting a new model. The 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner is a wild truck that looks extremely aggressive. Frontier is known for its reliability, and it comes with a tradition. However, Nissan still didn’t refresh this model. Desert Runner is some kind of refreshment, and it brings something new to the company’s lineup.
Interestingly, but 2021 Frontier should be redesigned. Still, this model won’t arrive with impressive off-road capabilities. That’s why Desert Runner is coming to the markets. This model will deliver the ultimate off-roading ability, and its performance is quite impressive. Unfortunately, Desert Runner won’t be available for purchase immediately.
2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Design
As we already wrote, the 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner looks wild and aggressive. According to numerous reports, Nissan failed to improve Frontier’s off-road ability. For that reason, the Desert Runner concept is becoming a reality. It is a one-of-a-kind model that comes with larger 37-inch Baja BFGoodrich tires. Moreover, a 17-inch Fifteen52 TurboMac HD beadlock wheels are in the offer.
The bodywork is quite astonishing, and Desert Runner makes a real stand out. Unlike regular Frontier, this off-road version comes with larger bumpers and fenders. Off-road lighting is available as a package, and Rigid Industries have made it. The grille is intact, but the headlights and fitted in the front bumper. Nissan will provide more ground clearance to its Desert Runner as well.
On the inside, the changes are less dramatic. The 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner is mostly unchanged. Nissan did try to deliver more racy feeling inside the cabin, but in our opinion, it failed. Still, you may like racing seats and a quick-release steering wheel.
It is a Sparco steering wheel, and a quick-release adapter is a very popular feature that saved so many lives over the years. Besides these changes, the rest of the cabin should largely remain and look like the regular Frontier’s interior.
2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Powertrain Specs
Conversion from regular Frontier to Desert Runner wasn’t easy at all. Japanese manufacturer started with the engine department. As a result, a new 2021 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner is getting a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine. That means a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated V6 won’t be available in this version of a mid-size pickup truck. The same V8 engine powers the current Titan model. Moreover, a racy profile is boosted thanks to the Garrett GTX3584RS turbocharger.
Moreover, Nissan installed an intercooler, new exhaust system, pistons, valves, and camshafts. On top of that, a 7-speed automatic transmission is traded for a 6-speed manual gearbox. Of course, Nissan didn’t forget the new suspension as well. Now, the most interesting part. The 2021 Desert Runner will produce 600 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
Price and Release Date
Unfortunately, Nissan won’t sell its new Nissan Frontier Desert Runner. That could change in the next year or two, but at the moment, that is impossible.
Anyway, Nissan is refreshing its pickup truck lineup, and Desert Runner could be the part of the future. The price is not available at the moment. This insane off-roader will compete against Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, Ram Rebel TRX, and Ford F-150 Raptor.