Next-Gen Nissan Titan Could Get Diesel Engine Says Product Boss

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
next gen nissan titan could get diesel engine says product boss

When Nissan finally gets around to replacing the Titan pickup truck, there’s a solid chance it will come with a diesel powerplant – at least as an option.

Previous reports had indicted that there was a possibility, but in a recent interview, Nissan product boss Larry Dominique gave his strongest endorsement yet, commenting that, “diesel is certainly something we are looking at for the next generation Titan.”

The interview was actually a part of Nissan’s “win a chance to be an auto show reporter” contest, and considering all the questions and answers were likely vetted and prepared, this adds more weight to Dominique’s remarks.

Further discussing the issue of diesels Dominique says the introduction of such a powerplant would be based on “consumer demand for greater fuel economy.” Commenting that most consumers tow under 8,000 lbs and don’t require 800 lb-ft of torque, don’t look for a Heavy Duty diesel-powered Titan in the future. “Small displacement diesels or mid-size displacement diesels are certainly something we’d consider,” says Dominique.

Since a partnership with Chrysler fell through on the next-gen Titan, company execs have remained committed to the idea, but we’re not likely to see a second-generation of the Nissan pickup until at least 2014.

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  • BusProf BusProf on Jun 04, 2013

    Hmmm, Larry, If you don't offer a heavy duty truck, how will you know about us folks that need a heavy duty diesel truck? Right now truck sales are going crazy and those of us that pull trailers are forced to buy GM, RAM, or SuperDuty. The profit margins on trucks are huge and for some reason the Japanese companies are steering clear. Larry, pull your head out of marketing research and learn what is keeping American motor companies alive - trucks and SUVs - duh! Mr. Wood: help Larry find some courage to ask his minions some tough questions.

  • Tucker Tucker on Aug 08, 2013

    Tucker BusProf I agree with you if they don't come out with a heavy duty truck , I guess I'll have to buy different... My trailer that I tow weighs in at 10,297 lbs loaded. Grant it I don't like the 8.5 miles per gallon but it is reliable and does the job fine. If this 2.8 diesel is going to be their " heavy duty" truck it not going to wife and I have owed five Nissan's and considered ourselves to be loyal Nissan people but this may be the end of that unless they give a larger option.