2015 Nissan Titan Diesel to Offer Cummins V8

2015-nissan-titan-cummins-5L-diesel-v8Nissan has been cautious about revealing details about the 2015 Nissan Titan, but on Tuesday they made their move and double-downed on the half ton segment by announcing that the 2015 Nissan Titan will come with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel option.

This decision clearly indicates that Nissan is ready for a larger piece of the light truck market. And they couldn’t have made a better move considering Dodge opted to use the Italian VM Motori 3.0L EcoDiesel in their 2014 RAM 1500 rather than a Cummins.

In desperate need of an update, the 2015 Titan Diesel will face a long uphill battle not only against the Dodge, but against consumer perception as well. Nissan knows that they’re not a household name in the half ton market, but hopes that their partnership with Cummins will give them the needed credibility to sway truck buyers who had never previously considered the Titan. 


The Cummins 5.0L will be manufactured at the Cummins Engine Plant in Columbus, OH, and according Jeff Caldwell, General Manager of Cummins’ pickup truck business, “The partnership with Nissan on the V8 program benefits not only Cummins employees, but also our community. The innovative and lightweight design of the 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel is a perfect fit for the customer who wants V8 performance with diesel efficiency. It broadens Cummins’ range of products and provides a new clean diesel option for our customers.” (WSJ)

Cummins has been working on a light duty diesel engine since 2006, but the program was delayed after the economic downturn in 2008. Now new life has been blown back into Columbus, and Cummins plans on hiring an additional 500 workers to handle the demand. If interested, visit careers.cummins.com to apply.

According to Cummins, the 5.0L will have a torque rating in the mid-500s lb-ft, more than 300 horsepower, and will provide light truck customers a great combination of towing capacity and mileage. Compare that to VM Motori’s 3.0L EcoDiesel, which outputs 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Consider this your warning shot Dodge…

Noted in Cummins press release, the 5.0L turbo diesel meets the latest emissions regulations, by including turbo technology, filters from the Company’s filtration business, Selective Catalytic Reduction technology from Cummins Emission Solutions, and more.

But will the Nissan Titan, with a historically weak rear end, adapt well to a turbo diesel? According to Nissan, the new 2015 Titan is going through rigorous testing, and will be handle the Cummins power plant – we shall see!

No solid release date has been given by either Nissan or Cummins, but according to OE launch tables we should expect a release the second half of 2015.

What do you think? Will you consider the 2015 Nissan Titan with a Cummins V8 for your next truck purchase? Tell us below!

14 thoughts on “2015 Nissan Titan Diesel to Offer Cummins V8

  1. YES, i will consider this 5.0l diesel — from my 5.4l gas 2004 ford f150, I want to know the L/100km with this 5.0 diesel? I have looked at the 3.0 fiat in the dodge ram as well and would like to know the difference?

  2. I have been a Titan owner for over 4 years now. Currently owning 2012 pro 4x. I am very excited about this new deisel cummins motor. This truck has been in need of update way to long. If Nissan really wants to hit a home run on this one, have a manual transmision mated with the new 5.0. Hopefully they will replace the rear in this truck. I have 13k miles and my rear makes all kinds of noises. Dealer says its normal. Yeah ok. Still enjoy the power of this truck. Hopefully Nissan will put all there eggs in one basket to Titan. If they add this deisel with 6 or 5 speed manual, replace this rear, change front suspension, meaning have the upper control arm above the coil bucket, rather then making contact having it below, and vastly improving there customer service, then I would buy another Titan.

  3. This excites me. I have a 2012 Pro-4X w/ 29K. Very happy so far. I have had 3 Dodge diesels and loved them all. A 1/2 ton with 5.0… YES! Just please… manual transmission, HEAVY-DUTY front end, big radiator, Heavier duty rear end. If that happens, I will buy one.
    Brad S.

    • GM is having trouble finding a good diesel for the half ton pick-up and suburban, would somebody please show this engine to them!

  4. First mfg. that offers a driver’s diesel with 5 speed manual will be my selection. And drop the backseat in lieu of internal storage with a standard bed or 61/2′. I’m tired of driving with my knees in my face.

  5. I own a 2011 Titan Pro 4x. A diesel with a 5 or 6 speed manual trans would be great. BUT give it a short quick shifting similar to most all of the autos out there. Not one like the F250-350 with the long throw and even longer shift handle. On highway in high gear ( 6th overdrive) 22+ mph should be no problem. Oh yeh, put the latest generation navigation system in it. Mine is so bad a 5 year old GPS that was bought for under $100.00 works better.

  6. I own a 1993 3/4 ton Dodge W250 crew cab 4×4 long bed with Cummins diesel 6cyclinder. WHAT A TRUCK!!!!! 20years old with 200K on the clock and it gets 19mpg and 23 + mpg with a 4 speed Auto tranny!!!! I LOVE this truck. I Love it because of the Cummins Turbo diesel engine, the bench seat and fairly high stance in stock configuration. I will NEVER buy a gas powered vehicle again. Period.
    The Cummins engine in the Nissan will very very interesting. I look forward to hearing the issues that may or may not come up for it in it’s first year. They better make it beefy everywhere. Bet the 2nd or 3rd year will be totally dialed in. All this means is I have to wait 5 years for a decent used one cause I’ll bet a new one is gonna cost more than a lot of people make in a couple years… these days.
    Truth be known I bought the 93 last summer for 7K, it’ll go another 200K easily. 1994′s and on are out there for good prices. Get a diesel, learn to love the smell, the sound and the absolutely cool grunt power of the Cummins.

    • My ’07 Ram 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins has 250k miles and still looks and runs, like new! I drove it over to a specialty metal fab shop, last week, to get a quote for modifying the hitch, when I install a rolled pan (I think they’re cool), and Mark, the shop owner, couldn’t stop complimenting my truck! Mark builds ‘hot rod’ Uni Mogs (you Mercedes guys will know about these) for rock climbing events in Utah, so he knows of what he speaks. I was never “a truck guy” until I bought my Dodge (did almost 3 years of hot-shotting, after I retired from the oil industry,… so it’s been “driven”). I keep fighting the urge to chip it,… the only downside I’m aware has to do with increase in injector wear, and drop in mileage (but am considering a 3.55 rear end vs the current 3.73, which should help,… maybe not,… anyone with advice, kindly do so). The new 5.0 Cummins sounds good, but my 5.9, if it’s taught me anything, says ‘simplicity is better’. In the immortal words of Gary Cooper (in Sgt. York), when asked if he “would be astayin’, or ajoinin’” the war,…. “I reckon I’ll be astayin’ .”

  7. No one will buy these Titans. They are over priced in a gasser version. Im sure a diesel/diesel trans package will add $10K or more to the price. Then there will be extra costs for exhaust filtering or a liquid additive. Combine that with a high cost North American diesel fuel. The name Cummins as good as it is. Wont carry selling a foreign bred truck with a inflated price. I would suggest the workers at Cummins not rush out and spend too many pay cheques just yet!!! The Big Three need a better half ton diese enginel. My bet is they already have them. As each of the big three had a few versions on the testing about 6 years ago. The 3.0 liter in the Ram 1500 is a start. But Its a grocery getter truck and gets 1 mpg greater rating then the gasser. Why spend the dough yet ? These first year markets of vehicles are usually to get rid of them. The refinements and mpg, torque, horsepower etc etc are already done. Look at 2016 or beyond folks if your serious. Save youe money for now and observe!

    • Well apparently you haven’t priced trucks lately. I bought 2014 Pro 4X completely loaded navi, leather for 36,000. Go price a 4×4 chevy or ford with the same specks and then lets see who is over priced.

  8. I have an 04 titan with 200,000 plus and an 08 titan with 180,000 plus both 4×4 they will both carry and pull anything that my 02 f250 4×4 with a 7.3 does, so I love my titans,but they do love their gas also.If the 5.0 cummins gets a little better fuel milage than my gas burners get I will buy 1 in a heart beat and laugh every time I pass a ford or chevy 1/2 ton

  9. Bill

    Interested to see how this new diesel will stack up against the heavy duty versions of the big three when it comes to pulling a fifth wheel. I will be hitting the road for extended long trips living in different places in the US and will be needing a good towing pickup.