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Is Nissan Planning a Frontier Oil Burner?


A mid-size pickup with a diesel? We're down for that.

Like the current Ram 1500, the upcoming next-gen Nissan Titan will provide a diesel engine option for buyers. Could this be the start of a new trend that competitors such as Ford and Chevy may soon follow? Possibly. But it also appears that Nissan is keen to expand its diesel lineup even further in the very near future. The first indication of this was the Frontier Diesel Runner "project" truck displayed at Chicago earlier this year.

Fortunately Nissan is serious about doing a production version. Green Car Reports (GCR) recently got behind the wheel of a diesel-powered Frontier prototype at a press event in Tennessee. Powered by a 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder oil burner, it produces 200 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The next Titan, in all likelihood, will be offered with a Cummins 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8. So the question is whether potential buyers would be willing to have a four-cylinder instead of a V6 diesel in the Frontier. That’s exactly what Nissan is trying to figure out.

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