Nissan 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.
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