Diaz Says Nissan Titan Diesel "Can't Come Soon Enough", Hints at Future Frontier

With the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel about to roll into showrooms, and Nissan making the announcement earlier in 2013 that the next Titan would be offered with an optional 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel, and General Motors announcing the option of a 2.8-liter diesel in the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, diesel is making some major inroads into the light truck segment. But could it go further? When The Detroit News asked Nissan senior vice president for U.S. sales Fred Diaz when the Titan diesel would be coming, he only said "Not Soon Enough," but also hinted at technologies being considered for other future products.

Most notably, he said that a next-generation Frontier is in development, and that a number of different powertrains are being considered for the midsize truck, including hybrid and diesel powertrains. Nissan has access to a number of diesel engines within the global Renault-Nissan alliance, which are used in different models around the world. At last year's Nissan 360 event, we had a chance to drive a Nissan Navara (essentially the global-market Frontier) with a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, and came away impressed with its torque and responsiveness.

An intriguing possibility for the next-generation Frontier is Cummins' 2.8-liter ISF four-cylinder, which produces around 200 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. For the time being, the only officially-announced collaboration between Nissan and Cummins is the 5.0-liter ISV going into the next Titan, but if that option proves to be as much of a hit in the Titan as some expect it to be, it's not far-fetched to imagine a Cummins under the hood of the next Frontier.

Carlos Pastran
Nissan Frontier 4X4 with a manual transs behind that cummins would be great!!!!!!
Forget the 4 cylinder, you want the 3.0 litre 6 cylinder Navara/Frontier that is sold in Europe and Australia. Hooked up to the 7 speed box, you'll never look back.
The Colorado & Canyon pricing will probably be jaw dropping without the Diesel, imagine them with a Diesel.  If Nissan can price a Titan & Frontier right with the Cummins they have a winning combo.
Jason Carpp
I hope Nissan lives up to its promise and offers the Cummins Diesel here in North America. Is diesel for everyone? No, of course not. With the cost of diesel fuel, it may be too expensive for some people. But for those who can afford to buy and to drive such vehicle, they should be allowed the option. Let's just hope the USEPA minds their own business for once.
Sylvain Mainville
A Cummins diesel Frontier and I'm buying one

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