Nissan Continues to Build Anticipation for the Cummins Titan
Company Uses #CumminsSoon to Tease Twitter Followers
The Titan is a little long in the tooth, but a significant change is on the way. As we’ve reported before, the next-generation Titan will be available with the truck industry’s only light-duty diesel V-8.
Nissan teased the 5.0L turbodiesel Cummins V-8 again on Twitter today in an attempt to build anticipation for the truck, and we’re totally hooked. The company unveiled its new marketing gimmick at the State Fair of Texas earlier this month, encouraging users of social media to track their excitement for the truck using the hashtag #CumminsSoon (please, please remember the double-S).
We don’t know much about the new engine, but we expect it to make very competitive numbers. Figure about 300 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque from the turbodiesel. That horsepower number puts it right in the thick of its competitors’ gas V6 and V8 offerings, but torque would be far higher than any other engine in the 1/2-ton pickup class.
Its closest competitor would likely be the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. We love the EcoDiesel, as it nearly matches its gas siblings for smoothness while blowing them away with its usable torque profile and best-in-class fuel economy.
Nissan and Chrysler had previously planned to collaborate development of the next Titan, which would have been due for the 2012 model year. However, Chrysler’s bankruptcy and subsequent merger with Fiat put the kibosh on those plans and the new Titan's future became murky. To add another layer of drama to the story, Chrysler (or more likely, Fiat) decided against putting a light-duty Cummins diesel in the Ram 1500. The EcoDiesel is made by VM Motori, which is wholly owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Cummins still supplies the 6.7L I-6 for the Ram 2500 and 3500.
With Nissan representatives saying that the next Titan and its Cummins powerplant “can’t come soon enough,” we wouldn’t be surprised to see an oil-burner (or two) on Nissan dealer lots within the next year, with Nissan and Cummins mulling over a four-cylinder diesel, potentially for the Frontier. We’re stoked.
Source: Nissan via Twitter