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Nissan considering diesel, hybrid drivetrains for next Frontier

However, diesel isn't the only alternative powertrain on the table for the next Frontier. Fred Diaz, Nissan Division senior vice president for U.S. sales, marketing, parts and service, says that Nissan is also mulling a hybrid drivetrain for the next-generation of its popular Frontier.

"There's a lot of different technologies that we're considering for the Frontier," Diaz told The Detroit News. "It may be all-gas. It may be diesel. It may be a hybrid. There's so many things we're looking at right now."


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the competition is paying a lot of attention in this segment........time to bring the Ranger to the US!!
 

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the competition is paying a lot of attention in this segment........time to bring the Ranger to the US!!
As much as I agree that the Ranger is the perfect sized light truck, with the aluminum F-150 how much lighter is the Ranger? If its not significantly lighter then its not going to be significantly more efficient at which point the size is the only real differentiator. Short of an aluminum Ranger does it really make sense?
 

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As much as I agree that the Ranger is the perfect sized light truck, with the aluminum F-150 how much lighter is the Ranger? If its not significantly lighter then its not going to be significantly more efficient at which point the size is the only real differentiator. Short of an aluminum Ranger does it really make sense?
It will be the lower price and drivability of the Ranger over the bigger F-150 that will matter most to consumers looking for a small truck. Consumers wanted a small truck, Ford tried to push them into a big F-150 or Transit Connect, but that didn't work. The Ford 2011/2012 experiment ended with Tacoma sales increasing by 49k and Frontier sales up by 11k for 2013.

What's interesting is the Tacoma Access and Double Cab 236hp V6 4x4 offers 16/21, while the F-150 302hp V6 4x4 offers the same 16/21.

Comparing the weight of the 2014 Ranger vs F-150, even after the 500-700 lb drop based on 2015 F-150 model, the Ranger will still be 200lbs - 500lbs lighter. And that's before any light weighting is done on the Ranger, like GM did with the global Colorado/Canyon.

Regular Cab Ranger: 3,800
Regular Cab Ranger 4x4: 4,100
Regular Cab F-150: 4,700 - 5,073
Regular Cab F-150 4x4: 4,925 - 5,375

Super Cab Ranger: 4,133
Super Cab Ranger 4x4: 4,290
Super Cab F-150: 5,043 - 5,434
Super Cab F-150 4x4: 5,333 - 5689
 
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