Nissan North America will offer a newly developed Cummins V-8 turbo diesel for its next-generation full-sized pickup, the Titan, through a partnership with Cummins Inc.
Nissan has not announced launch dates at this stage in the truck’s development for competitive reasons; however, engineering prototype trucks powered by the Cummins engine are currently undergoing extensive on-public-highway performance and durability testing, according to the automaker.
“We have done our homework on the next-generation Titan,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president of Nissan sales, marketing, service and parts. “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. There is no question that the new Titan will turn heads, and with the available Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel, we expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration.”
The Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel will feature a torque rating in the mid-500s (foot-pounds) and 300-plus horsepower. Cummins also is developing a version of the engine for commercial vehicle customers, according to a press release.
Nissan previously announced that the next-generation Titan will add powertrain options and cab-and-box configurations to broaden the appeal of the new truck when it comes to market.
The engine will be built at Cummins’ Columbus, Ohio, engine plant. The truck will be built at Nissan’s Canton, Miss, vehicle assembly plant, while its gasoline engines will be cast, forged and assembled at Nissan’s Decherd, Tenn., powertrain plant, the release noted.