Will Nissan Release a Diesel Frontier?
Last August, Nissan announced its plans to import a diesel option from manufacturer Cummins for its long-awaited replacement of the full-size Titan pickup. This 5.0L V8 turbodiesel engine would really rock the truck world, being expected to achieve about 300 hp and over 500 lb-ft of torque. Such a powerful new vehicle would directly threaten the current truck goliaths on the market, and it’s understandable that drivers around Regina, SK are excited.
Speculation picked up steam when a Frontier Diesel Runner Concept made an appearance at a major auto show last February, proving an intensifying relationship between Cummins and Nissan and giving all of us at Knight Nissan in Swift Current hope that a new and exciting vehicle will be the result.
Autoblog Test Drives a New Production Mule
The folks at Autoblog recently drove a production mule of a 2014 Frontier outfitted with a 2.8L diesel and a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain would promise to directly compete with GM’s 2.8L Duramax, but it’s still unclear as to whether Nissan will build it.
Although this was very much a rudimentary mule, it still produced 200 hp and a stalwart 350 lb-ft of torque. At cruising speed, Autoblog reports the engine was easygoing and steady. Given its already impressive performance, it seems natural to speculate that Nissan might put it into production. The question, of course, is when.
The Current 2014 Nissan Frontier
As of now, the 2014 Nissan Frontier is a capable midsize truck that runs on gas and comes in five trim levels while offering two engine options. The extended-cab S and SV models come standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, optional for the SV extended cab and standard for the higher trim levels is a 4.0L V6 engine that produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque.
Visit Knight Nissan
To learn more about the possibility of a diesel-powered Frontier, visit Knight Nissan at 1420 S. Service Rd. in Swift Current, SK or call us at 306-778-7000. We proudly serve drivers in Regina and the surrounding communities, and we hope to see you soon?