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.
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.