Next-Generation Nissan Titan to Offer Cummins Diesel Power

By Keith Buglewicz | August 20, 2013
"Diesel" is the watchword in the next-generation of full-size pickups, and the next Nissan Titan will offer an all-new engine from the grandaddy of all diesel engine manufacturers: Cummins. You know who Cummins is, even if you haven't driven a Ram pickup in the last couple of decades. For in addition to supplying the diesel engines for that brand's heavy-duty pickups, Cummins is also a key supplier to big rigs and serious heavy-haulers across the country, and has been for more than 90 years.
The Cummins-Nissan partnership centers around the next-generation Nissan Titan pickup, and an all-new 5.0-liter diesel V-8 engine from Cummins. Final performance numbers aren't available, but Nissan says the new engine will develop more than 300 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. It will also be available in the half-ton version of the Titan, since that is the only version currently planned. In fact, Fred Diaz, Nissan's North American vice president of sales, marketing, service, and parts, spells it out even more clearly in a statement released today: "We have done our homework on the next-generation Titan. Truck owners told us there’s a demand for the performance and torque of a diesel in a capable truck that doesn’t require the jump up to a heavy-duty commercial pickup." The engine will be built at the Cummins engine plant in Columbus, Indiana; the rest of the Titan's engines will be built at the company's Decherd, Tennessee plant, while the truck itself will be assembled at the current Titan factory in Canton, Mississippi.
Of course, it takes more than just an engine to make a pickup, and we know virtually nothing else about the next-generation Nissan Titan, not even when we'll see a prototype of the truck. The company has said that the new pickup will be available with additional powertrains, and multiple cab-and-box configurations to help broaden its appeal against the combined juggernaut of Ford, Chevrolet/GMC, and Ram. Currently, the Titan is in a distant fifth place in the full-size truck market, surpassed even by the Toyota Tundra. The diesel engine is a good start though, and it could be the only V-8 diesel available in the half-ton pickup market, a key selling point. Whether the Titan can make any headway against the Big Three domestics--or even Toyota--remains to be seen.
Source: Nissan