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Nissan just unveiled their 3rd gen Frontier today. A respectable redesign with class leading 310HP. It will also be offered with two cab and two bed configurations. This new Frontier is due out this summer, so it will be competing with the 5th generation Ranger. It will be interesting to see how much market share it will take from all the other midsize trucks and their aging designs???

The one thing I hope Ford does with this next gen Ranger is offer multiple cab/bed configurations! While the 5th gen might be lacking these due to being a carryover from the T6 global truck, an all new truck for the NA market really needs more choices in configurations.

A SuperCrew/longbed with a Tremor package would be the ultimate factory base overland rig. I hope Ford nails this next gen.... my ‘02 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew is really starting to show some wear.





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The "new" Nissan Tacoma.

Looks EXACTLY like one, IMO. Especially in that gray.

Link to Autoblog.

Yeah, it makes a bit more HP, and a bit less torque. But that HP comes in all up top and the torque curve wont be as good as a turbo motor. Always been a fan of the Pro4X model, I was looking at them before I realized the Ranger was a better truck. But I've always known how good a turbo engine is compared to a similar output non-turbo motor.
 

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That 6,720# towing capacity is disappointing
 

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The "new" Nissan Tacoma.

Looks EXACTLY like one, IMO. Especially in that gray.

Link to Autoblog.

Yeah, it makes a bit more HP, and a bit less torque. But that HP comes in all up top and the torque curve wont be as good as a turbo motor. Always been a fan of the Pro4X model, I was looking at them before I realized the Ranger was a better truck. But I've always known how good a turbo engine is compared to a similar output non-turbo motor.
3.8L V6. The engine makes 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. 6720 lbs max towing.
 

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I was looking forward to this coming out because competition is what drives innovation. However, and I'm not being a Ranger fan-boy, it looks like a 20-year-old Chevy Silverado morphed together with a current-gen Tacoma. Not a fan at all of that styling. I can't see this being the reason any relatively loyal Ranger customer (or Tacoma customer) says, "Hang on a moment...".
 

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3.8L V6. The engine makes 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. 6720 lbs max towing.
What's your point?
 

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Exactly what I stated.
I'm confused as why you quoted me. To me it seems like you're trying to tell me something that I already stated.
 

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I'm confused as why you quoted me. To me it seems like you're trying to tell me something that I already stated.
Just replied. Was reiterating what you said adding that it's a 3.8L V6 with lower torque than our 2.3L I-4 and lower towing cap.
 

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I was looking forward to this coming out because competition is what drives innovation. However, and I'm not being a Ranger fan-boy, it looks like a 20-year-old Chevy Silverado morphed together with a current-gen Tacoma. Not a fan at all of that styling. I can't see this being the reason any relatively loyal Ranger customer (or Tacoma customer) says, "Hang on a moment...".
yeah that's my impression - front resembles Chevy, rest is very much Taco. And I would speculate that those 2 makes are the ones that might experience some sales loss to Frontier.

Now the Frontier will likely ride better than Ranger and the Pro variant comes with Bilsteins - that would have been nice for the Ranger FX4 package.
 

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...Now the Frontier will likely ride better than Ranger and the Pro variant comes with Bilsteins - that would have been nice for the Ranger FX4 package.
I'd like to see that up against the Tremor, with it's modified pieces.

About the only thing I liked was the fact that it moved the shifter up, which allowed for a real center console and armrest.
 

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Nissan just unveiled their 3rd gen Frontier today. A respectable redesign with class leading 310HP. It will also be offered with two cab and two bed configurations. This new Frontier is due out this summer, so it will be competing with the 5th generation Ranger. It will be interesting to see how much market share it will take from all the other midsize trucks and their aging designs???

The one thing I hope Ford does with this next gen Ranger is offer multiple cab/bed configurations! While the 5th gen might be lacking these due to being a carryover from the T6 global truck, an all new truck for the NA market really needs more choices in configurations.

A SuperCrew/longbed with a Tremor package would be the ultimate factory base overland rig. I hope Ford nails this next gen.... my ‘02 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew is really starting to show some wear.
Class leading 310hp? Same old engine with less torque and towing. HP is just a number. Torque is measured. HP is calculated.

310 hp at 6400 RPM is a worthless number. When will you ever hit 6400 RPM? Whats the HP at 3000 RPM?

Same old tired NI v6.
 

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