Nissan’s next generation full-size Titan pickup will include a recently developed Cummins V8 5.0L turbo diesel engine, the company announced at the Nissan 360 industry event.
The engine has been optimized for the truck as a result of a partnership between Cummins and Nissan.
“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. “
Nissan 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.
The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will provide a torque rating in the mid-500s (lb-ft) and more than 300 horsepower. It will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind., Cummins headquarters.
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.