Cummins V8 turbodieselToyota might be content to eke out an existence in the fullsize pickup market with its lightly refreshed Tundra, but Nissan looks like it'll be a bit more aggressive with its next-generation Titan. The next Titan will make use of a 5.0-liter, turbodiesel V8 from Cummins, the Japanese company announced at the start of its Nissan 360 industry showcase.

Nissan's commitment to a fullsize pickup isn't really open for debate - it made waves back in April when it lured Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler's Ram pickup division, down to its Franklin, Tennessee headquarters. But this news of a monster turbodiesel is big. As of this writing, only Ram is set to offer a diesel engine in a non-heavy-duty pickup. Its 3.0-liter, EcoDiesel V6 will arrive in the Ram 1500 in the not-so-distant future, but that engine will still be a far cry from what's promised with this Cummins mill.

The 5.0-liter V8 is expected to generate well over 500 pound-feet of torque - likely closer to 550, based on the language in the press release - along with over 300 horsepower. Those figures aren't just a shot across the bow of Ford, Chevy, GMC and Ram, they're an opening broadside, meant to demonstrate Nissan's willingness with its next light-duty truck. As Diaz said, "There is no question that the new Titan will turn heads, and with the available Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel, we expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration."

The turbodiesel engine in the next Titan will be built at Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant, while the Titan itself will be built at the same Canton, Mississippi facility as the current truck. It's unclear which gasoline engines will be joining the Cummins turbodiesel. No launch date for the new truck has been announced, but you can read more in the press release below.
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Nissan to Equip Next-Generation Titan with New Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine

IRVINE, Calif. – At the kickoff of Nissan 360, an industry showcase of Nissan's global product and technology portfolio, the company announced it will offer a newly-developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation full-size pickup.

Now in the latter stages of development and testing, the available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine has been optimized for the next generation Titan as a result of the partnership between Cummins and Nissan. Cummins also is developing a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers.

"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," said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts, Nissan North America. "There is no question that the new Titan will turn heads, and with the available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, we expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration."

Nissan has previously announced 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.

"We are very excited to partner with Nissan on the introduction of the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel to the North American pickup truck market," said Dave Crompton, vice president, Cummins Engine Business. "This 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."

With a torque rating in the mid-500s (lb-ft) and more than 300 horsepower, the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will provide light truck customers the combination of towing capacity and mileage that is expected in the highly-competitive North American truck marketplace.

The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will be built in America's manufacturing heartland at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind., Cummins headquarters. This plant has the latest technological innovations to continue the 90-plus year tradition of building the highest quality Cummins engines.

The Titan program is being led by teams in Nissan Americas' headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., while engineering and testing is performed by Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Mich. and Stanfield, Ariz. as well as Nissan's global engineering center. Design is being led by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, Calif.

Like the current model, the next-generation Titan will be built at Nissan's Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant and its gasoline engines cast, forged and assembled at Nissan's Decherd, Tenn. powertrain plant.

For competitive reasons, Nissan is not announcing launch dates at this stage in the truck's development, however engineering prototype trucks powered by the Cummins engine are currently undergoing extensive on-public-highway performance and durability testing.

Further information on the upcoming Titan truck and Cummins engine will be released at a later date.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Cummins
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 46,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.65 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2012.


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Auto enthusiasts rejoice! Yay diesel! How about a stick shift!? And then Nissan will ruin the parade. "No stick shift. How about a CVT?"
        little b
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        i am with you on the stick part Diesel + 6 speed manual = very very happy ppl
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Who buys a stick shift pickup anymore?
        Scottie Tooley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Agreed. Whereas I really like CVTs in smaller cars, I want a good HD tranny in a truck. I don't imagine they would offer a stick though. Automatics have become so good that it just doesn't make market sense to offer a manual.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Nissan is not that in love with CVT's otherwise the Extroid CVT would be in more of their RWD products.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          I'm sure they would use it in a heartbeat of they could. CVTs have come a long way, but they just can't handle truck duty. They might never be able to.
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live about ten miles from the Nissan proving ground in Arizona, and see these trucks every day. the truck you see here is only an engineering mule, not the new body style.
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        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        My uncle has never had differential issues but hes had tons of gauge cluster and fuel sending unit issues as well as some alarming oil consumption by the 30k mile mark. The truck sits at around 40-50k miles now and uses over a quart and a half every oil change. Its also rusting out quite badly for an 05 with such low miles that gets washed every time it hits a street with some salt on it.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
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        04Titan
        • 1 Year Ago
        I have a 2004 Titan with 85,000... The diff isn't the issue in the earlier models (04-07) its the leaky axle seals in the rear... so far that is my biggest complaint.... almost 10yrs old.. running strong... Have NOT even replace any part of the exhaust... minor frame rust near welding locations (shocking for being north and driving on salted roads) The only repairs: Front brakes twice, back brakes once (my choice), 3 axle seal leaks, shocks all the way around (my choice), front wheel bearings both sides.....I'd say pretty good for 10years :)
        JB
        • 1 Year Ago
        We have Titans and I've never heard of any diff or any other problem with these trucks.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what the Japanese also-rans needed... to stop worrying about which is the most 'Merican big honkin truck and try to out-pace the Big 3 on fuel efficiency and capability. it won't out-sell the F-150, but it'll still be a cash cow for Nissan, slowly picking up in sales (if it earns a reputation for reliability) Smart move.
      Judah Richardson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares? Only the Tundra can tow a space shuttle. All jokes aside, my only wish is that the Titan actually look like something I'd want to drive. Rams look like boats, the Tundra has looked like a whale for the past 2 generations, and Silverado/Sierra make me wonder if GM just threw aesthetics out the window completely. Ford currently makes the only remotely attractive trucks on the road.
        viper3ez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Judah Richardson
        when nissan released the titan in 2004, the ford was not exactly winning beauty paegents
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Judah Richardson
        The fact that you think the Ford is the best looking truck out there speaks volumes...
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          Speaks volumes of what? That he disagrees with you. Wait a minute, you didn't think your personal opinion was fact did you? Oh no, you did.
          Brett
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          I agree. The weird slope of the frond end of the ford makes it look like a car not a truck. And they are too sleb sided. GMC is still the best looking truck
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan has never really been an option for me when buying a truck. It's always Ford/GM/Ram/Toyota. This looks like it could change that.
      atvman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe this will convince GM to follow through with the 4.5L Duramax and Ford to follow through with the 4.4L.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atvman
        ford has a diesel coming in the new full size transit....I would expect that over the 4.4....
        Todd Fleming
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atvman
        can only hope so, GM & Ford's love fest with only 250's and 2500's & above getting diesel is done if this happens. It can only mean more competitive trucks for the masses, and that's a good thing. I personally want an F150 that can haul 12K and not tear the trans or motor apart in a year or two and I bet the diesel would do it.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      V8 Cummins? Uhh, no thanks.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Toyota might be content to eke out an existence in the fullsize pickup market with its lightly refreshed Tundra,but Nissan looks like it'll be a bit more aggressive with its next-generation Titan." Um, gee...yeah, well they SHOULD be more aggressive, considering Nissan hasn't done sh*t to the Titan since it was introduced, and it's now officially the lowest-hp full-size on on the market. The all new Tundra launched in 2007 with class-leading horsepower, four-wheel discs with ABS and a six-speed automatic transmission--now it's just getting a refresh, which is all it really needs. Buy a clue, Autoblog...
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        2007 is ancient history for the pickup market these days. The Tundra needs a drive train refresh as well. They have now been officially left in the dust by their lonesome, and no longer have the crutch to lean on of Nissan being back there in the dust with them.
          l5kream
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Toyota's 5.7 engine isn't bad motor at all, people are just stubborn and ignorant. What's really wrong with Toyota's 5.7? Tell me... Do you really know? If being introduced in 2007 makes an engine too old, tell Fiat to drop the 4.7 and 5.7 engines in the Ram because they were introduced more than 10 years ago. And if Toyota should replace 5.7, what should they replace it with? Something like the line of overrated rated engine offerings from Ford that keep failing to deliver in real-world conditions yet are still being adored by the peanut galleries that like saying things on this site?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a shame. Nissan has been building dieseel trucks forever but they dont have enough confidence to use their own diesel engines.
        joeski
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I think they build a lot of small diesel engines globally not larger 6 and 8 cylinder ones. Using Cummings just makes good sense for a new power-plant to be introduced into your product line. That way if it's successful you build it yourself after it's proven a good venture. If it's a failure you don't eat the investment and tooling hard cost.
      Scottie Tooley
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS! THIS! THIS! Now, round out your truck offerings by givng us a 2.5-3 liter diesel in the Frontier, and the same 5.0 liter in the NV. Nissan Trucks would be cooking with fire then! I'm glad that Nissan has stuck with their full-size truck program. Companies with small market share in a segment stay hungry, and do crazy things like offer a 5.0 liter diesel in a 1/2 ton. The Truck community has been begging Ford, GM, and Dodge to do the same thing for years to no avail.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scottie Tooley
        The Frontier is currently offered in countries outside the US with a diesel, not sure of the size or power of the engine, but at least it's offered.
      rmkensington
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasnt it the tundra that had a rear diff that didnt hold up very long?
        TailGunner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmkensington
        It's the older model Titans. Nissan redesigned the differential cover to act as a finned heatsink.
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