2014 4Runner’s Rugged Exterior Matches Off-Road Heritage

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Toyota Press Release

For nearly three decades, the Toyota 4Runner mid-size SUV has been a stalwart for off-roading enthusiasts seeking a SUV with rugged, go-anywhere capability.   Currently In its fifth-generation, 4Runner continues as one of the few fully capable mid-size SUVs, and the redesigned 2014 4Runner receives a rugged new exterior design, and interior refinements that add comfort and convenience without sacrificing its hallmark performance capability and excellent value.

The 4Runner combines rugged body-on-frame construction with comprehensive suspension technology that yields optimal off-road capability with a smooth ride and comfort more often associated with crossovers.  The 2014 4Runner is available in three grades: a well-equipped, value-driven SR5; top-of-the-line Limited, and a Trail grade for those who want maximum off-road capability.  Optional third-row seats on SR5 and Limited allow for up to seven-person capacity.4Runner owners will have the choice of a rear wheel 4×2, part-time 4×4 or a full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential.  All models are equipped with a powerful 4.0-liter, 270-horsepower V6 teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission and one of the few vehicles that continues offer a transfer case.

4Runner’s Rugged Exterior Design Projects Its Off-Road Heritage With a Premium Refinement
The refreshed 4Runner features a redesigned front fascia that conveys a more rugged and aggressive appearance.  This includes a muscular front grille, and edgier smoked headlamps for a more forceful look.  The SR5 and Trail grades feature a color-keyed grille insert and front bumper that is surrounded by fog lamps set in sharply cut inlays that extend from the headlamps down to the bumper.

The Trail grade features new color-keyed bumpers and overfenders, and it continues to be distinguished by an aggressive hood scoop and silver painted front and rear bumper accents.  All grades are now standard with a roof rack.

In addition to the distinctive new grille, the premium Limited’s front design stands apart with a chrome-plated grille insert and chrome front bumper that extends to the fog-lamp bezels. The side molding, roof rack and rear bumper are also chrome trimmed.  The headlamps have also changed from halogen to projector beam, with both the headlamps and redesigned rear combination lamps on all 4Runner grades now featuring LED lamps.

Both the SR5 and Trail grades will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with a new wheel-design for both, while the Limited continues to ride on 20-inch alloy wheels, which are now painted black prior to machining to add contrast.  All grades continue to come standard with a full-size spare.

The 2014 4Runner will be available in eight exterior colors that include new additions: Super White; Attitude Black Metallic; Barcelona Red Metallic; and Nautical Blue Metallic.  They will join carryover colors that include: Blizzard Pearl; Classic Silver Metallic; Magnetic Gray Metallic; and Black.

2014 Toyota 4Runner Interior

2014 Toyota 4Runner Interior

New Interior Has a refined style with the Comfort expected of a Mid-size SUV
The 4Runner exterior updates are complemented by touches of refinement on the inside.  Both the SR5 and Trail grade add standard Soft Touch door trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather shift knob provide a premium feel and atmosphere.

The SR5 receives a new bright and highly visible Optitron instrument panel that houses speedometer, tachometer, voltage, fuel and coolant temperature gauges, plus a multi-information display that offers multiple functions.  An Eco-Driving feedback system allows the driver to monitor fuel consumption in real time.  On 4Runner Trail, an overhead console within easy reach organizes the off-road control switches into one location.  A compass indicator and outside temperature display add functionality.  A manually controlled air conditioning system is standard on SR5 and Trail grades; the Limited features an automatic dual-zone climate-control system.

For second-row passengers, a sculpted front seat-back shape provides additional knee space.  The second-row seats, which include a center armrest, individually recline up to 16 degrees in four steps for relaxing passenger comfort.  The 40/20/40 second-row seat configuration also has a one-touch walk-in function, making access to the third row easier. Third-row seating is available on SR5 and Limited grades and features a roomy, supportive seating area.

The SR5 and Trail grade come standard with comfortable fabric-trimmed seating available in Sand Beige, Graphite or Black.  Available SofTex seats offer a soft, rich feel.   New for 2014, the SR5 adds a standard eight-way power driver seat.

The Limited comes standard with a leather-trimmed interior with new ventilated driver and front passenger seats in Sand Beige, Black and a new Redwood color.  Front seats are also heated with eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and four-way power-adjustable passenger seat.  Both front seats are now standard with memory settings.

Powerful 4.0-liter V6 Helps Take 4Runner Anyplace, Anytime
The 4Runner 4.0-liter V6 generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque.  Dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) optimizes torque across the engine’s operating range.   Fuel economy ratings rival some crossover SUVs with an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for 4×2 models, and 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for 4×4.  Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds and all vehicles feature an integrated tow-hitch receiver and wiring harness as standard equipment.

2014 Toyota 4Runner

2014 Toyota 4Runner

4Runner Balances Full Off-Road Capability with Smooth Around-town Handling
A double-wishbone independent front suspension, combined with a variable-flow rack-and-pinion steering, help give the 4Runner precise control on demanding roads.  Coil springs over gas shocks are used at all four wheels for a comfortable ride and controlled handling.  The four-link rear suspension maximizes off-road axle articulation, whileproviding a smooth ride for rear-seat passengers on and off pavement.

The Limited grade comes standard with an X-REAS suspension system that further improves performance, comfort and control.  With X-REAS, 4Runner corners flatter, smoother, and handles choppy pavement more easily.  X-REAS automatically adjusts the damping force of shocks when driving over bumpy surfaces or when cornering.  The system uses a center control absorber to cross-link shocks on opposite corners of the vehicle, substantially reducing pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs.

The 4Runner SR5 and Trail 4×4 models have a two-speed, part-time four-wheel-drive system with neutral position, maximizing fuel efficiency when a 4×4 configuration isn’t needed.  The 4Runner Limited is equipped with a full-time, four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch.

The A-TRAC traction control system is standard equipment on all 4×4 models.  The system can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making terrain irregularities and slippery patches virtually transparent to the driver.  An electronic-locking rear differential is standard on the Trail grade.

The Trail grade is designed to maximize off-road performance with superior approach and departure angles, high ground clearance, and an array of functional upgrades for the most demanding active outdoor enthusiast.  The Trail grade offers an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS).  KDSS significantly improves terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.

Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature is standard on the Trail grade.  The system helps maintain an appropriate speed to keep the vehicle under control and minimizes the load on drivetrain and suspension components.

With the transfer case shifted into low range, CRAWL regulates engine speed and output (along with braking force), to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of the five driver-selectable low-speed settings.  This allows the driver to maintain focus on steering over rough level ground or steep grades without having to also modulate the throttle or brake pedal.

The Trail grade also features a Multi-Terrain Select system that dials in wheel-slip control to match the terrain.  In loose terrain such as mud and sand, more-than-normal wheel slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favor.  On bumpy moguls, or solid rock, wheel slip is minimized and the system acts more like a limited slip differential.  The Mogul setting is for any extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges, uphill or down.

All models come standard with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which provides additional control for off-road driving by helping to hold the vehicle stationary before starting on a steep incline or slippery surface.  All 4Runner 4×4 models feature standard Downhill Assist Control (DAC).  This feature augments the low-speed ascending ability of low-range by helping to hold the vehicle, allowing time for the driver to a target speed with no driver intervention.

Versatility and Convenience Provide Comfort and Utility
An array of convenience features and versatile seating configurations provide the 2014 4Runner with ample passenger comfort and utility.  Fold-flat second-row seats provide a level load floor in the 4Runner, and it is not necessary to remove the headrests to fold the seats flat.  The available third-row seat is split 50/50 and folds flat.  The seats can be folded from the side or at the rear, using separate one-touch levers.  With this arrangement, more cargo space is available without removing seats, and longer items can be conveniently carried.

A Smart Key system featuring keyless entry with push-button start is standard on the Limited grade.  The system allows the driver to unlock or start the vehicle by carrying the keyless remote.  The cargo door window has jam control, like the moonroof and power side windows.

An available pull-out cargo deck is capable of carrying up to 440 pounds to make loading and unloading heavy items easier and to provide seating for tailgating and campsite relaxation.

All 4Runner models come standard with a 120V outlet and two additional 12V outlets.

A front and rear clearance sonar system is standard on Limited models, and a rear-view backup camera is now standard on all 4Runner models.  The system displays in the audio screen, increasing visibility at the rear of the vehicle.

2014 4Runner IP and Stereo

2014 4Runner IP and Stereo

New Audio Systems Include Standard Entune™  Multimedia System
New for 2014 on SR5 and Trail grade 4Runner models is Entune™ Audio Plus,  which includes Toyota’s Entune multimedia system,  an AM/FM/MP3 CD player with eight speakers, integrated SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (includes 90-day trial subscription), USB port with iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability and music streaming.

Standard on the Limited grade is the new Entune Premium JBL Audio system, which incorporates today’s most in-demand connectivity features.  It includes the Entune multimedia system, a JBL® premium sound system with navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with a 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes® tagging and 15 speakers.  The navigation system includes a large seven-inch monitor.

Entune is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services, with three years of complimentary access.  Once a smart phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth wireless technology or a USB cable, Entune’s features are operated using the vehicle’s controls or, for some services, by voice recognition.  Entune offers mobile apps for Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable®, and Pandora®.  Entune data services include a fuel price guide, sports scores, stocks, traffic and weather.

The “party mode” rear liftgate speaker audio setting feature has been discontinued as the new updated audio system easily allows the user to shift sound balance to the rear liftgate mounted speakers. The pole antenna has been dropped in favor of a new in-glass antenna.

Toyota’s Exclusive Star Safety System, Eight Standard Airbags, Safety Connect
The 4Runner features Toyota’s standard Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake-override system.  VSC helps the driver to ensure control by compensating for front and rear wheel slip.  The system uses selective braking and modulated engine output to help keep the vehicle in line with the driver’s steering inputs.  On 4×2 vehicles, the Auto LSD (Limited Slip Differential) system allows for better traction on slippery sections of roadway.  The four-wheel ABS with EBD provides the 4Runner with optimal brake proportioning, regardless of vehicle load.

Eight standard airbags includes front, side-mounted and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side-curtain airbags for the second and third rows.  All 2014 4Runners have active headrests for driver and passenger, and three-point seat belts for all seats.

The 2014 4Runner Limited offers the Safety Connect™ telematics system.  Available by subscription, with or without the optional navigation system, Safety Connect offers four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Roadside Assistance.  When Safety Connect is ordered, it includes a one-year trial subscription.

In case of either airbag deployment or severe rear-end collision, an Automatic Collision Notification system is designed to automatically call a dedicated response center.  If a response agent cannot communicate with the occupants, the agent can contact the nearest emergency-services provider to dispatch assistance.

Pushing the in-vehicle “SOS” button allows drivers to reach the response center to request help in an emergency as well as for a wide range of roadside assistance needs.  If a 4Runner equipped with Safety Connect is stolen, agents can work with local authorities to help locate and recover the vehicle.

4Runner Includes Toyota Care Complimentary Maintenance
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.  Additional 60-month warranties cover powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.  The 4Runner will also come standard with Toyota Careä, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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Maserti’s Ghibli shown at Pebble Beach

Maserati at Pebble Beach.quattroporteMaserati is busy a second straight weekend after the successful US debut of the Ghibli sport sedan over the Pebble Beach weekend. A brand new 15,000 square foot display just steps from the Lodge at Pebble Beach was the centrepiece of the Trident brands extensive outreach activities. In addition to the Ghibli and the all new Quattroporte sedan, the sixth Quattroporte ever built in 1963, fresh from a full restoration, joined a 1961 3500 GTI, the first Italian car to offer fuel injection on its race-derived 6 cylinder engine. These pillars of the Gran Tursimo tradition joined the full line of modern Maserati cars.

According to Bob Graczyk, President of Maserati North America, Inc., “The favorable attention the Ghibli continues to generate is as special as the car itself. This past weekend presented the first opportunity for thousands of Maserati clients, prospects and admirers to see, feel and of course hear this wonderful new sport sedan within the full line of Maserati cars on display. In a year when we have also launched the new flagship Quattroporte, and look forward to our Centennial in 2014, we could not be more proud of the Trident brand. We look forward to many more events which allow us to share the Maserati experience.”

Maserati Ghibli at Pebble Beach.

Maserati Ghibli at Pebble Beach.

About the Maserati Ghibli: Powered by a proprietary, twin-turbocharged V-6 Maserati engine built by Ferrari producing 345 HP with rear-wheel drive and 404 HP with Maserati Q4 All-Wheel Drive the new Ghibli delivers Maserati performance in a mid-sized package which enhances the Maserati legacy of timeless style, advanced design and comfort for every day driving.

Acceleration from standstill to 60 mph is achieved in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 176 MPH in the Ghibli S Q4. Maserati vehicle architecture maintains a near perfect 50 / 50 weight balance delivering impressive neutral handling with a smooth and comfortable ride provided by Maserati multilink suspension system and available Skyhook adaptive damping system. The Ghibli driveline is comprised of a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, a standard limited-slip differential to maximize available traction and a sport exhaust system with dual twin outlets delivering the Maserati performance sound.

Premium vehicle features such as lightweight alloy wheels, xenon headlamps and LED taillights, fine leather upholstery, keyless entry and starting, rearview camera and an 8.4 inch touch control multimedia interface are all standard on the 2014 Maserati Ghibli.

Maserati at Pebble Beach.

Maserati at Pebble Beach.

About the Maserati Quattroporte: The flagship sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for Maserati‟s upcoming range of new-models, but also remains faithful to Maserati‟s long history of luxury sports sedans, having created the first in 1963.

The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte‟s design. Dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille a clear link is created to both current and historic Maseratis. The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 523 hp/ 524 lb-ft 3.8-litre V8 and an All-Wheel-Drive 404 hp/ 410 lb-ft 3.0-litre V6, each with eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF. Both engines are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at their plant in Maranello

OnStar’s RemoteLink added to Windows phones

OnStar RemoteLink

OnStar RemoteLink

 

BY GERRY MILES

The release hit my inbox before Steve Ballmer announced he’d resign within a year from the software giant and MSFT stock prices rose.

Having been around when OnStar was first introduced decades ago at the NY Auto Show and how great it is at helping people out of jams, notifying first responders when crashes take place and the like, the news gets better.  OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App is now the first remote telemetry app from an automaker that works on the four primary smartphone platforms – iPhone, Android, Blackberry and now Microsoft Windows phones.

(Insert Blue Screen of Death joke here)

Drivers select Microsoft Windows phones can start experiencing remote vehicle connectivity. The app is available on both Windows Phone 7 and 8 operating systems, and will be accessible in the Windows Phone Store on mobile devices.

“RemoteLink remains one of our subscribers’ most desired OnStar services, so to be able to offer it across all of the major smartphone platforms is a great step for us,” said Steve Schwinke, GM director, Application Development, Global Connected Consumer. “RemoteLink is one of the most-used automotive manufacturer apps in the marketplace and is a great example of what you can do with built-in vehicle connectivity.”

The app, GM says, is most commonly used nearly 600,000 times a month for checking vehicle data such as oil life, tire pressure and fuel level.

RemoteLink for Windows, like the Blackberry version, was written using HTML5 technology.

The app will be available for OnStar subscribers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and will support four language options: US English, Canadian English, French Canadian and Spanish.

This expansion comes on the heels of the announcement that RemoteLink’s key-fob based features – remote start, lock, unlock and horn and lights activation – would be standard for five years on all new GM vehicles. This launch means that GM drivers with select Windows phones will be able to access RemoteLink key-fob features as well. The five years of standard remote key-fob services does not include access to additional OnStar services.

RemoteLink connects to a driver’s vehicle in a secure fashion, requiring a username and password to log in and a four digit PIN to make a remote vehicle command.

OnStar subscribers can download the application and visit onstar.com to enable remote commands.

Now I wonder if the Seattle Seahawks will enjoy a similar fate as the MSFT stock price.

Who knows, maybe the Zune will come back into vogue. Nah …

2014 Lexus GX 460 priced $4,710 less starts at $49,085

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

  • Redesigned GX features the Lexus spindle grille, standard LED headlamps, DRLs and available LED foglamps, and new multi-media with eight-inch touch screen display audio and complimentary HD Radio Real-Time Traffic and Weather
  • Premium Package includes Navigation, Park Assist, Three Zone Climate control and heated rear seats at the same price as the base 2013 GX 460.
  • New Luxury grade starting price of $60,715.

BY GERRY MILES

For the chi-chi luxury SUV crowd it seems only the L of a Lexus or is it a Lexi will do. Some, ok a relative of mine, are more enamored of the 19 cent Lexus of Manhattan, Fairfield County or some other high-fallutin’ suburb or big city license plate frame that proclaims they likely overpaid at the overpriced dealer just like the others, I swear.

The good news is the SUV, oops, it’s an LUV in Lexi lexicon for Luxury Utility Vehicle is $4,710 less for the base model, which is still pretty high-falutin’ for $49,085. They forgot to tell ya that delivery fee is $910.

The luxury LUV model begins at just $60,715.

Most of the likely reason that there’s a 9% price drop is there’s what’s called a refreshening on this LUV: nothing major, a few minor changes and thus no need to break the bank.

For 2014 GX 460 gets the Lexus spindle grille with standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights. LED fog lamps are now available. On the inside there’s a new 8-inch touch-screen display, backup monitor, HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. The cabin gets new linear espresso wood/abyss black trim, but you land mahogany trim on the Premium Package and Luxury model.

The new Premium Package will be at the same price as the base 2013 model year GX 460 with the following features:

  • Navigation system with backup monitor
  • Perforated leather trimmed interior
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Three Zone Climate control

The new GX Luxury model includes Adaptable Air Suspension, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intuitive Parking Assist, and 18-inch split six-spoke wheels with liquid graphite finish.

Powering the GX 460 is a 4.6-liter, 301 hp, V-8 engine with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). EPA is listed at 15 city and 20 highway.

Standard full-time 4-wheel drive uses an electronically controlled transfer case and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited slip center differential that offers a low range for off-road driving.  The TORSEN differential distributes power 40:60 front/rear under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip.

The ability to change to a 30:70 front/rear ratio during steering maneuvers helps enhance vehicle tracking through curves.  If the rear wheels spin, the center differential can change the ratio to 50-50 front-to-rear.

By adjusting sway resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer bars, standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) can help reduce maximum body-lean angle by as much as 50 percent to help enhance both on-road handling response and off-highway capability.  Trailer sway control is also added for 2014.

Nissan photo teases 2014 Rogue

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BY GERRY MILES

Nissan, like most other automakers these days, like to play peek-a-boo with new models to generate new model p.r. Why not? It works! Why else would we run a headlight shot on our sites, right?

To that end Nissan’s 2014 CUV Rogue when its set to debut on Sept. 10. That’s all they’ll say. The rest is a secret…until then. Honest.

Dog days of summer are when the best car deals heat up

“Shoppers typically will find the perfect blend of discounts during late-August-to-September,” says Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “If they wait much longer, they might be able to find better discounts on a new car, but that inventory of those vehicles will be limited.”

BY GERRY MILES

The weather in the coming weeks may make you sweat, during the stereotypical dog days of summer, but car shoppers should sweat the details to get a sweet deal on a new car, according to Edmunds.com.

The reason, says Edmunds, is as temperatures climb – I don’t think global warming has any correlation here – dealers heat up the deal to push the 2013 model leftovers out to make room for new 2014 inventory.

What are the very best deals available on the market right now? Edmunds.com identifies the top new car deals on its Deals of the Month page at: http://www.edmunds.com/deals-of-month.html.

This month’s list includes the:

“Shoppers typically will find the perfect blend of discounts and selection during this late-August-to-September time period,” says Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “If they wait much longer, they might be able to find better discounts on a new car, but they’ll find that inventory of those vehicles will be limited.”

Edmunds.com’s recommendation applies specifically to 2013 model year vehicles, which carry bigger discount percentages than all-new 2014 models.

Last month for example, the average discount percentage on a brand new 2013 vehicle was 12.7%, compared to a discount percentage of just 7.7% for a new 2014 vehicle. As a result, Edmunds.com projects that most new cars sold through September will be 2013 models. As 2013 inventories dry up, the proportion of 2014 model-year sales will likely catch up in mid-to-late October.

Some veteran buyers insist that shoppers can maximize discounts early in the week or in the last days of the month.

Edmunds.com examines the various philosophies behind the best days and times to buy a car at http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/when-to-buy-your-next-car.html.

Nissan to offer Cummins V-8 turbo diesel in 2015 Titan

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.

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.

NEXT GEN TITAN GETS NEW CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL ENGINE

BY GERRY MILES

Well scratch the use of the Denzel Washington movie title “Remember the Titans”. With the announcement that Cummings will supply a diesel to the next-gen Nissan Titan fullsized pickup truck, we know that the new model will probably be a 2015 model and that Cummins – once the seemingly chief supplier of diesel grunt power to Chrysler – has expanded its reach.

Still in the latter stages of development, the optional Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine will be optimized for the Titan after forming a partnership with Nissan. Cummins also is developing a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers.

The diesel engines will be built at a Cummins factory in Columbus, Ind., for installation at Nissan's Canton, Miss., plant.

The diesel engines will be built at a Cummins factory in Columbus, Ind., for installation at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., plant.

With more than 300 hp and an unofficial torque rating in the mid-500s (lb-ft) the Cummins will provide light truck owners the combination of towing capacity and mileage that is highly-competitive in the North American truck marketplace.

“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 announced the next Titan will add powertrain options as well as cab-and-box configurations to broaden the appeal of the truck that was thought to be as stale as bread tossed to birds in a park.

“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.”

The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will be built at the company HQ in Columbus, Ind.

Titan will be built at Nissan’s Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant while its gas engines cast, forged and assembled at Nissan’s Decherd, Tenn. powertrain plant.

Nissan was mum on the release of the future Titan and Cummins engine coupling.