NEWPORT BEACH, California — Nissan sold 21,576 full-size Titan pickup trucks in all of 2012, which would be a bad month for the Ram 1500 pickup truck here. The Japanese-based automaker had planned to team up with Chrysler for an all-new truck in order to help boost sales, but that was before Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2009. Instead, Nissan will team up with Ram’s/Dodge’s long-time partner, the diesel engine-builder Cummins, for the first turbodiesel Nissan pickup truck to be sold in North America.
The next-generation Nissan Titan, which we hear won’t quite be a heavy-duty, but will be bigger, tougher than the current Nissan Titan half-ton, will come with an all-new Cummins V-8 turbodiesel design. Let’s call it a “heavy half”-ton truck, in the spirit of Ram’s discontinued 1500 HD Tradesman. The Cummins V-8 diesel will have 5.0L of displacement and will make more than 300 horsepower and more than 550 pound-feet of torque, Nissan announced Tuesday at its “360” presentation here.
The Cummins diesel is set to make its debut in the all-new, next-generation Nissan Titan, expected early in the 2015 calendar year.