Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Gets Cummins Power

Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Gets Cummins Power

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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  • CA_Refugee

    Interesting… Hmm… This could be worth while to pursue… only if the price of diesel comes down $3-$4.

    Bloody ridiculous how much diesel costs these days. Oh, it has less sulfur in it… big whoop. Still no excuse for it to EVER cost more than .99 cents per gallon. Talk about price gouging on a grand scale.

  • DesertRat

    I like it

  • Shiratori1

    Don’t like the fact that it has an outsourced transmission.

  • Brian Weston

    ZF I feel from what I read is a very good transmission, lighter than a 6 or 7 speed an easier to fix. What is not to like knowing that.

  • Shiratori1

    The Frontier (in addition to other vehicles) already is available with a diesel engine in other markets. Those cars have in-house transmissions, so why is it an issue to do that for this truck (why give money to another company when you don’t have to?). It’s lazy R&D in my opinion.

  • Brian Weston


    The U.S gets screwed in many ways when it comes to vehicles, Toyota has diesels in other markets, Subaru has better Japanese cars in Japan.

    It’s a downer.

  • gggplaya

    Diesel costs about 10%-15% more than 87 octane. And this truck should get at least 30mpg if the ram hits 28mpg with the same tranny. Generally speaking thats going to be about 30%-50% better fuel economy. Plus diesels have tons of low end torque which is why they tow so well.

  • gggplaya

    Zf makes the best transmissions in the world. Outsourcing is not bad as long as you go for the best. Its no different than apple switching from their in house powerpc processors to intel processors in the macbook.

  • Jayson Charles Matthews

    Do it. Please! But for God’s sake, enough of the little pickup bed already. Six foot minimum or it’s a dumb car.

  • Phil Weber

    I have been driving VW diesel cars and Ford diesel pickups for 20 years. Ironically I am about done with diesel because of the price disparity over gas. When I started diesel was close to 1/2 less per gal. Now it never is cheaper than gas and at many time $1 more. I have 330k on my current jetta. I have put 250k or more on 3 jettas commuting 51 miles each way daily .I know the math and with gas cars now getting 40 easy I will go that direction next car wise. Truck wise I am impressed but don’t need the f350 dually I have now much anymore because I have got rid of the toys I needed it for to tow with it.(boat, camper, sleds) because fuel prices put those hobbies out of reach. (either because of fuel cost running the toy or pulling it, either one) A sad state of affairs we have based on fuel costs in our country.

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  • Michael Hallak

    this absolutely needs to happen, the US Needs a good mid size diesel pickup.

  • Shiratori90

    Baloney. The logic issues that chrysler is having in vehicles with those transmissions says otherwise.