Ram may have shaken up the 1/2-ton truck segment with its announcement of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but Nissan wasted little time in announcing the availability of an optional 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 in the 2015 Titan. The 2015 Titan diesel is highly anticipated by many in the truck world, and probably none more so than Nissan senior vice president of U.S. sales Fred Diaz, saying to The Detroit News, the new model and powertrain "can't come soon enough."

Diaz was non-committal on a specific timeframe for the launch of the new truck or engine, but did give a few clues as to what might be under development for the next-generation Frontier midsize truck, which is approaching a decade without a major refresh. The next Frontier is likely due in the next two to three years, and Diaz said multiple powertrain options were being considered for the midsize truck, including a diesel option. At last year's Nissan 360 event, we had a chance to drive a Nissan Navara (global-market Frontier) with a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, and came away impressed with its torque and responsiveness.

An exciting possibility for the next-generation Frontier is Cummins' 2.8-liter ISF four-cylinder, which produces around 200 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. For the time being, the only officially announced collaboration between Nissan and Cummins is the 5.0-liter ISV going into the next Titan, but if that option proves to be a hit in the Titan, it's not far-fetched to imagine Nissan and the diesel powerhouse teaming up again to put a Cummins under the hood of the next Frontier.

Source: The Detroit News