Nissan aims to be more aggressive with its next-generation Titan and as a result the new pickup will receive a 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 from Cummins. Moreover, Cummins is also developing a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers. The new 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine will deliver more than 300 hp and around 550 lb-ft of torque.
With these numbers, it will provide a towing capacity and mileage in the highly-competitive North American truck marketplace. The new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will be built in America’s manufacturing heartland at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columubus, Cummins headquarters.
Due to competitive reasons, Nissan didn’t announce launch the launch date of the 2015 Titan. However, the 2015 Nissan Titan prototype trucks using the Cummins diesel V8 engine are currently undergoing extensive on-public-highway performance and durability testing.
"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’s 2016 Titan XD was unveiled in 2015 at the North American International Auto Show, which took place in Detroit, Michigan. With its aggressive all-new design, the new Titan XD is expected to shake up the very competitive full-size pickup market when it starts going on sale in the U.S. and Canada in late 2015. Its design stakes out a one-of-a-kind position in the segment, in between light-duty and traditional heavy-duty entries.
The Titan XD offers the effortless hauling and towing capacity of larger and more expensive heavy-duty trucks. More specifically, this includes more than 12,000 lbs of available maximum towing capacity and 2,000 lbs. of maximum payload capacity, when properly equipped. At the same time, it also has the affordability and fuel-efficiency of a half-ton pickup.
Meanwhile, the Titan XD Crew Cab also made its first appearance in Detroit. It boasts a powerful Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine, and it is the first of 3 cab configurations, 3 powertrain offerings, 2 frame sizes, and 5 grade levels available in the full Nissan Titan lineup.
According to Fred Diaz, senior VP for Sales, Marketing & Operations-U.S. at Nissan North America, Inc., the toughest market to penetrate and crack in the entire automotive industry is the full-size truck market. This is mainly due to the great number of outstanding products available. Diaz said that the new Titan XD has been designed to offer customers something that its competitors don't, which is a combination of excellent towing and hauling capabilities with outstanding fuel economy. It also delivers superior ride comfort and handling, plus it offers amenities and features real working truck owners need and want.