Nissan and Cummins announced the next-generation Titan pickup truck will get a diesel engine. That sound you hear is pickup truck and diesel fans everywhere rejoicing.
According to a joint release from Nissan and Cummins, the engine will displace 5.0 liters and is a V8 configuration. That should keep the folks at Ram happy, as their heavy-duty diesel trucks use an inline 6-cylinder engine that is unique in the diesel pickup truck market. Additionally, the Titan’s Cummins diesel engine is aimed more at light-duty, half-ton truck users, whereas the Cummins I-6 is only available in 3/4- and 1-ton Ram pickup trucks.
Nissan North America Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts Vice President Fred Diaz said, “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. 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.”
The press release said the 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel is expected to twist out a torque rating in the mid-500 ft-lbs range and make “more than 300 horsepower.” The Ram Cummins inline engine currently makes up to 385 horsepower and a scary 850 ft-lbs of torque. The spread between the two engines’ torque numbers is impressive, but it’s interesting how close they may ultimately be in terms of total horsepower.
Cummins Business Vice President Dave Crompton said, “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. 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.”
Though Nissan and Cummins made the announcement today, the release said Nissan is not announcing launch dates at this stage in the truck’s development. Right now, engineering prototypes of Titan trucks with the Cummins engine are undergoing testing, the release said.
Astute readers will remember we told you Ram soon will offer a half-ton pickup truck with an EcoDiesel V6 diesel engine that will make 240 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque. That, and not the heavy-duty Cummins-equipped Ram 2500 and 3500, would be the more logical competition for this diesel-powered Titan, which will have a decided horsepower and torque advantage over the Ram half-ton diesel entry. However, one can’t help but wonder if this is Cummins’ shot back at Ram after the truck brand opted to go with a VM Motori-sourced V6 diesel for its half-ton pickup instead of working with Cummins, who has been Ram’s longtime diesel engine partner