Next Nissan Titan Gets Cummins Turbodiesel V-8

August 21, 2013

The Nissan Titan will be the second light-duty, full-size pickup truck on the market to get a diesel engine--and it's doing it with the Dodge Ram's old dance partner.

Nissan announced yesterday that it had inked a deal with Cummins for that specialty diesel maker to provide Nissan with a new 5.0-liter turbodiesel for the next-generation Titan pickup.

The new Titan hasn't been assigned an official model year yet publicly, but it's expected to be no more than two model years away. The Titan has been on the market since 2004 essentially unchanged, as Nissan's plans to take a big chunk of the market ran into difficulties--precisely, the continued sales strength of the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500.

Nissan says it expects horsepower to exceed 300, with a torque rating of more than 500 pound-feet. That compares favorably to the other upcoming oil-burner, the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, which makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter V-6.

No other 1500-grade full-size truck is offered currently with a diesel powerplant. Chrysler and Cummins had been partners, back in the 1990s, for a diesel-powered edition of the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500.

Cummins will assemble the new 5.0-liter turbodiesel V-8 in one of its assembly plants, and says the new engine "will offer the right balance of power, performance and fuel economy while delivering the dependability that customers expect of a Cummins engine. This will be a great package."

Fuel economy hasn't been announced, but it can't help but be better than the Titan's current 5.6-liter V-8, which posts 13/18-mpg figures, or just 15 mpg combined.

The Titan will be built in Canton, Mississippi, as it has been since it was new for the 2004 model year.

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