Hoping to gauge customer interest, Nissan is displaying a “project” version of its Frontier mid-size pickup with a 2.8-liter Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine.
The Japanese brand is making a big push into the light-duty diesel truck market with its new Titan, which is set to sell with a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel powertplant when it arrives. But the brand isn’t convinced that it will be enough to offer a single diesel truck. The Frontier being shown today isn’t necessarily going to be built, but it might be if the brand decides there is enough demand.
“We hope consumers in Chicago and across the U.S. will let us know what they think of the prospects of a diesel engine in this segment,” said Nissan product planning vice president Pierre Loing.
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The four-cylinder engine makes approximately 200 hp and over 350 lb-ft of torque and is slotted into a truck heavily based on the 2014 Frontier Desert Runner. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duty sent to the rear wheels.
“Nissan has always valued the mid-size pickup segment, and with this technical study project, we are looking to explore what is possible for the next-generation Frontier,” said Nissan truck boss Fred Diaz. “We are always looking for ways to engage our customers, innovate and take the segment in an evolutionary direction.”
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