According to recent reports that we have received the 5.0 liter V8 turbocharged Cummins diesel unit that was developed for the Ram pickup trucks will be used in the 2015 Nissan Titan as an option. This is the first time that any truck will be delivered with Cummins diesel engine that is not from Ram lineup.
This change comes as a result of the decision from Chrysler to use 3.0 liter V6 engine that is created by VM Motori that is partly owned by Fiat. This is done because of the fuel economy that needed to be improved. Cummins engine in 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck was delivering 23 to 24 mpg on simulators and that was not enough since engineers tried to get 26 mpg. Fuel economy of 23 to 24 mpg on simulators was with 5.0 liter engine and there were needs for additional improvements.
2015 Nissan Titan Cummins
All the way back in 2008 Nissan did plan to deliver Titan truck with Cummins engine but this was abandoned after Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2009. In that deal Titan should also have used the same platform like the Ram truck.
To sum up all this we are getting many figures but it is not that complicated. The 2015 Nissan Titan will be offered with 5.0 liter V8 Cummins turbocharged diesel unit that delivers about 300 hp and 500 lb-ft. This is a slight jump but we are sure that it will be interesting for many drivers.
The 2015 Ram 1500 will be offered with EcoDiesel V6 unit that produces 240 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque while the heavy duty Ram trucks will come with 6.7 liter Cummins diesel engines that produce from 350 to 385 hp and 660 to 850 lb-ft depending on the factory settings and tuning.
At this moment it is hard to believe that the 2015 Nissan Titan will be able to jeopardize sale results of Ram truck lineup. In the same period of this year Ram sol slightly over 200 000 units while Titan barely passed 10 000 units.
2015 Nissan Titan V8 Diesel
Nissan hopes that with addition of powerful V8 unit more buyers would be attracted and some researches say that this is quite possible. About 17 percent owners of pickup trucks would consider buying light duty truck that is equipped with V8 diesel unit. This is total number of 300 000 potential owners and if the sale results come even closer it will be a great success for Nissan.