2015 Nissan Titan to Gain Cummins Diesel V8

2015 Nissan Titan to Gain Cummins Diesel V8

As it turns out, Nissan poached more than just an executive from Chrysler’s Ram truck brand when Fred Diaz leaped lilly pads.

Nissan’s next-generation of Titan pickup trucks will include a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 Cummins diesel powerplant, the company announced today. Official output ratings are still unavailable, but the engine is expected to make over 300 hp and somewhere in the mid-500 lb-ft of torque range.

“We have done out homework on the next-generation Titan,” Diaz said. “Truck owners told us there’s a demand for the performance and torque of a diesel in a capable truck that doesn’t require the jump to a heavy-duty commercial pickup.”


Struggling sales and an outdated design with questionable reliability all hold the current model back. With minimal changes since its 2003 introduction, it’s easy to see why Nissan has been struggling in one of North America’s most bitterly contested segments. One-upsmanship between the Detroit 3 make it nearly impossible for less aggressively supported products to thrive.

But Nissan made a wise move by snagging Diaz, who is largely credited with steering the Ram truck brand to its current success.

“This ain’t my first rodeo,” he said at a media event in Southern California. “I know a thing of two about trucks.”

Nissan says the diesel engine is in the “latter stages of development and testing” with a version also coming for commercial vehicle customers.

SEE ALSO: 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Will Tow up to 9,200 Pounds

More than building a competent entrant to the segment, Nissan is aiming to pull buyers away from Ford, Ram and General Motors. Part of that plan meant running extensive focus groups with current truck owners from every major brand.


Earlier this year, Ram made headlines by announcing its plan to offer a V6 diesel version of its 1500 pickup. It’s engine offers 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That truck will be able to tow up to 9,200 lbs according to the manufacturer, which is on par with Hemi V8-pwered versions.

Nissan is still keeping key details like a release date close to the chest, but one of the biggest remaining questions will be fuel economy. Ram hasn’t held back in advertising the fuel efficiency of its heavily-geared pickups, and Nissan could suffer if it lags in fuel consumption compared to Ram’s eight-speed.

But maybe not. Previous reports suggested that the company might also be working on a smaller four-cylinder diesel. A smaller oil burner could offer a more frugal option to fuel-conscious buyers that don’t need as much braun. Unfortunately, Diaz wouldn’t discuss details.

Craig Cole contributed to this report.

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  • Kevin Spears

    nissan reliabilty built into a rare good chrysler product recipe for success

  • s4mcrovv .

    DAMN that is one sexy looking engine!!!!

  • Josh

    If I could I would have sex with it it is so sexy 😀

  • Rowdy Yates

    An inline 6 would of been a lot better.

  • Perry Bailey

    The inline 6 Cummins turbo was a hard one to beat back when the Ram trucks still had them.

  • Max

    The Ram trucks still have an inline 6

  • Perry Bailey

    If they brought back the Dakota and dropped a 4 cyl diesel in it, I would be interested in one. I would even like a v-6 diesel option in a Dakota, paired with a 6 speed auto providing the auto holds up.

  • o9fxdb

    They REALLY need a 6spd manual transmission
    Autos really shouldnt be behind a diesel engine period

  • gggplaya

    Why not??? Haven’t had any issues with the auto’s we’ve used at work. Ford and Dodge F550’s and 5500’s. With modern electronics in Tow/Haul mode, it shifts down properly to use engine braking for going down hills, so really there isn’t an advantage to having a manual any more. Actually manuals are a disadvantage because they allow the engine to fall out of the powerband and ad more turbo lag between shifts. Auto’s are quicker to shift, minimizing total engine lag between shifts.

  • Anthony Galvez

    Fuel economy should drive Nissan and Dodge. Let’s get real, most P/U owners rarely need the 400FT.Lbs of torque. Put a truck on market that gets 28 mpg and you take over the truck market. Most trucks could use a 2.92 gear.

    I have often said that the future of mileage is in transmission and final drive gearing.

  • Allen B

    This is great that Cummins will have an engine like this, but in a Nissan…Come on! I will never buy another Nissan after numerous trips, including a new trans with my new 2013 Pathfinder…all within 6000 km

  • gggplaya

    That can be said with any brand of vehicle, they all have their lemons. My mom had/has 2 pathfinders, an early 2005-2006 and a newer 2009. The early one she had was t-boned at an intersection, the other person didn’t see the red light. She put about 60,000 miles on it and never a single hiccup. She liked it so much she bought a newer one which currently has about 100,000 miles and not a single problem either. Just normal maintenance.

    It doesn’t matter what vehicle brand, you can find people with problems. The only transmission trend on nissan’s is that the supplier of the integrated tranny cooler/engine cooler is that the pipes for the transmission cooler will corrode internally can cause engine coolant to flow into the transmission. This will destroy the tranny. This hasn’t happened on any of our vehicles, and the remedy is just to install an external transmission cooler.

  • Sasquatch

    If this happens I hope its a capable and reliable product. I love the way titans look, I had no idea they’re reliability was bad.

    For those of us who use a truck like a truck 400lbs of torque IS needed and gear like the mention 2.92 will never get it done.

    Talk like that means you don’t even need a truck.

  • Dave Pierce

    I tow my 42 foot voltage toy hauler with a single axel ford F350 4X4 with a 3:31 axel ratio and a 6sp auto grossing well over 20,000 lbs it well tow at any speed you feel comfortable with and hold 55 mph plus on 6 or 7% grades, I get between 9 and 11 mpg and tow at 75 mph on interstates with engine rpms at about 1700, at 60mph empty I get 18/20 mpg the best thing ford did was to tell navistar to get lost a few years ago and build their own motor remember ford owns 20% of Cummings and inside sources tell me their new V8 is basically Cummings engineered. I’am vested in a ford dodge jeep Chrysler store and have had put about 60,000 towing miles on fords new truck engines in about 1/2 dozen different trucks and their about as close to bullet proof as any motor I’ve seen in 42 years as a auto enthusiast and multi line dealer again Nissans luck at getting a 5 litre V8 Cummings in the titan well be a big success and give Nissan the mony to further develop the product line especially with Diaz at the helm.

  • Rednec Gurl

    I love my Nissan. This, after the quirks worked out of course, would be amazing.

  • Dave Pierce

    Having been a Nissan dealer I can tell you their products are high quality innovative and very dependable. The 5.0 Cummings is going to be a knockout punch in the Titan just like it was for dodge in 1988, Diaz moving to Nissan was a big loss for Chrysler and I’am sure Cummings followed him, just the name Cummings will sell Titans, and I don’t buy the fuel milage story from Chrysler for not using the cummins V8, I was also a dodge dealer and we had customers reporting 20 to 24 mpg with the inline 6 diesels in 4X4s and I would be willing to bet the Titan V8 diesel will get somewhere between 27 and 30 plus at 60mph, I would also like to see it in the Armada to add validity to my statements I’ve had two 6.0 litre diesel 4×4 ford excursions and they would get 17 to 19 mpg at 75 to 80 mph.

  • Gb020

    My 2008 Titan was the biggest piece of shit vehicle I ever owned. From the red alert paint issue, black mold growing on the inside because of the ac line, the rattles and the interior fit in finish. Worst tuck ever! Traded it in on a real truck in under 2 years. Honestly everybody I know has had an issue with there Titan. It’s kinda like older dodges, the engine was great but to bad the rest of the truck would fall apart.

  • Gerryd

    Everyone has problems after buying new trucks especially the first year in production. My 04 Titan I still own and I will be looking how the newer Titan stands out. Its a move I’m glad Nissan is taking for their 2015 model. Nissan’s current models really haven’t changed much since the Titan was released but this newer model will keep my hopes up. Most likely best to wait another year after the new truck is on the market before buying one. Like my 04 model, after all the factory recalls and brake problems were fixed, my truck still performs at its best. A Cummins diesel engine should be a plus for Nissan like it was for the Dodge Ram.

  • Gerryd

    Everyone has problems after buying new trucks especially the first year in production. My 04 Titan I still own and I will be looking how the newer Titan stands out. Its a move I’m glad Nissan is taking for their 2015 model. Nissan’s current models really haven’t changed much since the Titan was released but this newer model will keep my hopes up. Most likely best to wait another year after the new truck is on the market before buying one. Like my 04 model, after all the factory recalls and brake problems were fixed, my truck still performs at its best. A Cummins diesel engine should be a plus for Nissan like it was for the Dodge Ram.

  • Will

    I have 2007 Titan . No issues other than the trans line breaking at a 135000 miles. I have 141000 and I tow a 28′ trailer with it. And for 22500 out the door new no one else came close. I had to put air bags on it and upgrade the brakes:( the only complaints I have.i owned chevy, ford and dodge and at least Nissan is built in the us and not somewhere else. My 85 f350 international diesel was great but the truck fell apart 1st. The reason I when’re with Nissan was because of the price and I loved the Altima I was driving. I had a hardbody before that and it only cost me 7000 new . The days. :) okay I liked Nissan because of the price ! If there much over 30k it’s not worth it. They will sell a ton of trucks if! They make it tuff and over build it, good gas mileage , last, cheaper and reliable. 50k for the big 3 is a house payment and not a working mans truck.

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