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There could be significant changes for the Nissan Frontier on the horizon, including a mid-cycle refresh. That means we could see a new face, much-needed tech updates, and the return of one epic model. The 2024 Nissan Frontier Hardbody might be on the way to tackle the new Toyota Tacoma. 

2024 Nissan Frontier: What’s new? 

The Nissan Frontier Hardbody Concept parked in the sand at dusk
Nissan Frontier Hardbody Concept | Nissan

We hope this information isn’t premature, but this 2024 Nissan Frontier press release says the truck could receive a mid-cycle refresh. It feels rushed because the model was just completely redesigned for 2022, but it received a new engine and nine-speed automatic transmission back in 2020. 

Also, some aspects of the Frontier, like the digital gauge cluster, infotainment system, and camera resolutions, feel dated. Last but not least, the Toyota Tacoma is the Frontier’s main rival – and it’s brand new for 2024. 

Reportedly, the 2024 Frontier will ride on the same frame as the Nissan Navara. It should provide a more comfortable ride on the pavement and feature off-roading upgrades. 

The new look could be inspired by the Nissan Hardbody Desert Runner. Only a few spy shots have been captured, but under the camouflage, it’s safe to assume that the new model has a similar grille and headlight design. 

The updated Frontier could have a more modern and confident look with revised bumpers and taillights to complete its refreshed style that pays homage to the wildly successful retro hardbody design. 

Is the Nissan Hardbody coming back? 

We certainly hope so, but the 2024 Nissan Frontier Hardbody hasn’t been officially confirmed. A few rumors are starting to surface about the truck making a significant comeback to tackle the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, though. 

The Frontier needs a desert racing variant to truly compete, and the Nissan Hardbody could deliver more speed, enhanced capabilities, and increased durability. 

Back in 2022, we got to see the Nissan Frontier Hardbody concept, and it still has our mouths watering. It has been dubbed the red Project Hardbody concept with a ton of easter eggs that relate to the late 1980s Hardbody model. 

It features a 3.0-inch suspension lift with adjustable upper control arms. Plus, it rides on classic-looking block-style wheels that are a bit larger than the ones on the original model. The wheels are wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain K02 tires. 

The bed-mounted Nissan Accessories Sports Bar with Rigid Industries E-Series 10-inch floodlights complete the look. 

However, some critics feel as if it could have more Desert Runner callbacks, like more black accents and wider fender flares. These changes may have been made based on the spy shots. 

Will the 2024 Frontier have more power? 

The Nissan Frontier Hardbody Concept off-roading in sand
Nissan Frontier Hardbody Concept | Nissan

The 2024 Nissan Frontier will probably keep its standard 3.8-liter V6 engine with 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque as the entry-level option. It could be retuned to crank out more power, or a new option could be added to the lineup. 

Typically, trucks don’t receive more power during a mid-cycle refresh. But the new Nissan Frontier Hardbody would need more muscle to compete. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro cranks out 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. 

There are a few rumors about the Nissan Frontier Hybrid floating around, which could beat the Ford Ranger Hybrid to market. 

The year is ending, so we might not see the updated Frontier until next year. However, the Detroit Auto Show and other exciting events that are perfect for debuts are coming up. Stay tuned for updates. The new Frontier might drop with surprising upgrades.