Clean Diesel – Diesel Technology

Nissan Details 2016 Titan's Cummins Turbo Diesel

January 12, 2015

Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.
Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is offering a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel with its 2016 Titan pickup for the first time that will give work truck buyers greater capability for towing and payload, Nissan has announced.

Nissan introduced its redesigned next-gen Titan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new 5.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel, from the Cummins ISV family, is rated to produce 310 hp and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. It contains 70 percent of the parts offered on the commercial variant of the engine. The turbo diesel will be offered on the Titan XD model.

Nissan has been working with Cummins since 2007 in a partnership to possibly introduce a diesel engine for the Titan. Production will begin later in 2015.

The turbo diesel uses a compacted graphite iron cylinder block, forged steel crankshaft, high-strength aluminum allow heads, and composite valve covers to achieve a durable, lightweight package. The engine uses dual overhead camshafts.

The Cummins M2 two-stage turbocharger has been configured to work well at low and high engine speeds.

The series sequential turbocharging system uses two differently sized turbochargers, including a small turbocharger for low air flow requirements and a large turbo for high air flow. The small turbo provides good transient response due to its low inertia, and the large turbo maintains power at higher engine speeds. This helps eliminates turbo lag, providing a continuous delivery of peak torque through the RPM range, according to Nissan.

In order to control the air flow between the two turbo chargers, the new M2 system uses a rotary valve to open ports that perform the bypass or waste-gate functionality and provide exhaust after-treatment thermal management.

High injection pressures from the Bosch High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system and piezo fuel injectors provide precise fuel control for optimized in-cylinder combustion, leading to better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, Nissan announced.


  1. 1. Cliff Downing [ January 15, 2015 @ 10:12AM ]

    V motor and not an inline. No thanks. just reading the information, the complexity is something that will be a potential nightmare to deal with. No thanks.

  2. 2. mike [ January 15, 2015 @ 10:43AM ]

    does it take DEF

  3. 3. Keith Johnson [ January 15, 2015 @ 01:08PM ]

    inlines are just as complicated thanks to EPA regs. All diesels now use DEF. Powerstroke and Duramax have been V motors for years and work well. Just wish Ford would come out with a half-ton diesel. Might have to go to the Titan or Ram after all.

  4. 4. LP Baxter [ January 19, 2015 @ 07:33AM ]

    That's a sweet looking engine. Alright.. time to switch over!

  5. 5. 3rdgenerocks [ February 18, 2015 @ 02:04PM ]

    This sounds like the engine that Cummins was building for Dodge when the economy hit the skids. Ram will regret not getting their hands on this before Nissan. Imagine this engine in their new work series of vans. It will be an instant hit if the mpg's are low enough to warrant the extra cost. This single engine could totally change the American market for Nissan trucks and vans. GM and Ford also had half ton v6 and V8 diesels in development but tabled them. Cummins was further along because of RandD at Dodge. I'm sure they're working fevorishly now to get them into production. Kudos to Cummins. Always was a smart company.

  6. 6. E Brooks [ May 01, 2015 @ 05:11PM ]

    I have had 3 Cummins diesels, and not a single problem.I woudnt consider another diesel.

  7. 7. Bill Holden [ May 06, 2015 @ 07:13PM ]

    If Nissan promotes the engine and gets dealers to stock it, it would be the best promotion for the Nissan Titan since it was launched. Unfortunately for Cummins, Nissan pick up sales are the lowest of the big 5 - Ford - Chevy - GMC - Dodge - Toyota.

    Let hope the cummins brand gets Titans rolling ..


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