2020 Nissan Titan XD to Lose Optional Cummins Diesel
Slow Sales Kill Turbodiesel V-8 and Regular Cab Bodystyle When Titan Gets Refreshed
The 2020 Nissan Titan XD is losing one of its most unique features, the midsized 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V-8. The Cummins V-8, which was the only engine available when the Titan XD was launched for 2016, is apparently experiencing slow sales, so the company is putting it out to pasture. The same fate will befall all regular cab Titans, whether in light-duty or XD form. The regular cab/8-foot bed combination isn't a popular one with any truck nameplate, so this move isn't completely surprising.
Titan XD diesel production will end in December 2019, conciding with "the launch of the new, dramatically refreshed 2020 Titan and Titan XD Gas later this year," a Nissan representative told The Drive. Truck Trend reached out to Nissan communications guru Wendy Orthman and was able to confirm the news.
The news strikes us as a bit sad given how adept the Titan XD is as a towing companion and road trip machine. The 5.0L turbodiesel V-8's 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque give it a maximum towing capacity of 12,830 pounds, which is actually less than the half-size-smaller Ford F-150's max, but the Titan diesel can tow much more comfortably at maximum weight than the aluminum-bodied Ford. We've towed about 11,000 pounds behind both and found the Ford to be susceptible to "the tail wagging the dog," while the Titan confidently held the trailer in place behind it.
Still, through the first six months of 2019, Nissan moved only about 20,000 Titan pickups, which is about a quarter of what the F-Series lineup sells. When dealing in such small numbers, Nissan has to make decisions that make the Titan most profitable, and if that means streamlining the production process to ensure the most popular configurations are cheap enough to build, then so be it. So, at least for now, the 2020 Nissan Titan XD (and all other Titan variants) will be gas only.
Nevertheless, we're sad to see the 5.0L Cumins V-8 go, and we'll pour out a jerry can of No. 2 in its memory.
Source: The Drive, Nissan