Nissan pickup trucks and diesel engines for 2014

Posted By on January 21, 2014


It is well into car show season, but I have not been paying all that much attention. There have been a few high profile concepts (that will never get built) and smattering of diesel teases that have peaked my interests. Here’s one from Nissan reported on in the Detroit News and elsewhere regarding the introduction of their full size Titan pickup with the Cummins 5.0-liter turbocharged diesel.

A New Engine Choice Coming with the Next-Generation Nissan Titan

Nissan Motor Co. isn’t ready to say when its V-8 diesel Titan pickup will go on sale in the United States.

Nissan announced in August it would sell a new Titan with a Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 Turbo Diesel. It announced in February it was working to upgrade the truck.

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2014nissanfrontierAnd if that’s not enough teasing … Nissan said they might even bring their smaller Frontier pickup to the U.S. – most likely with the  4-cylinder 187 HP diesel. Nice!

Nissan could add a diesel Frontier as well. “There’s a lot of different technologies that we’re considering for the Frontier. It may be all-gas. It may be diesel. It may be a hybrid. There’s so many things we’re looking at right now,” Diaz said.

It is hard to believe automotive manufacturers have been so slow in bring diesels engines to their smaller light pickups?


  • GK Glandorf

    Rich- Trying to decide if I should tackle the snow, checking out the blog and wow…. a 1/2 ton Nissan Titan with a Cummins diesel, SOLD. I’ll take one!

    • Thanks for the comment Gary. Too COLD to tackle the snow today! Brr, stay indoors until it warms up a few degrees.

      I’d love owning a small pickup truck BUT it hardly makes sense since most of my driving is highway and would be “bed-empty.” A smaller CUV with a hitch is probably a better replacement for the Honda Pilot … but there isn’t any “must have” vehicle screaming “buy me.” I looked at a “cute” MB diesel GLK a couple weeks ago with about 15,000 miles, but it is hard to justify $40K for a used car … and found myself thinking that if I spend that much money that I’d rather have a larger SUV. Back to square one and remaining satisfied with the Pilot and driving the old ’82 Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel in the summer.

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