Nissan Announces Cummins V8 Turbodiesel for Next Generation Titan
August 21, 2013 9:53 AM
No word on when next-generation Titan will launch
Nissan has announced that it will be adding a new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine option to its next-generation Titan pickup. The engine will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant currently owned by Cummins.
"This is an exciting announcement for our Cummins team," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. "We are bringing our innovation and latest technology in engines and after treatment products to a new segment of customers. Importantly, this will help us grow our own business as well as allow us to help an important new partner, Nissan, succeed in the market."
Nissan stopped short of offering any information on the launch of its next-generation Titan, but did say that engineering prototype trucks using the Cummins engine are currently undergoing extensive highway testing.
2014 Nissan Titan
Cummins began developing the new light-duty diesel engine back in 2006, but the global economic downturn delayed the engine project. Caldwell said during the economic downturn the Cummins team continued to develop the light-duty diesel engine and begin to incorporate specific customer needs once it reached an agreement with Nissan.
It interesting that Nissan has decided to go with a V8 turbodiesel instead of a V6 or inline-6 for light-truck duty. The V8 seems like a bit of overkill for the intended market (Nissan doesn’t have the resources to compete in the heavy-duty pickup market where such an engine would be more at home).
With that being said, Chrysler has already beat Nissan to the punch by putting a
turbodiesel engine into its half-ton Ram 1500 pickup
. However, instead of using Cummins like in years past, the new V6 turbodiesel is built by VM Motorr.
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