Nissan announced today that it will offer a newly developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation, full-size pickup.
The news was released at the kickoff of Nissan 360, an industry showcase of the company's global products in Irvine, Calif.
The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine has been optimized for the Titan pickup truck as a result of the partnership between Cummins and Nissan, the Japanese automaker said in a news release.
“We are very excited to partner with Nissan,” Dave Crompton, vice president, Cummins Engine Business, said in the release. “This new engine will offer the right balance of power, performance and fuel economy while delivering the dependability that customers expect of a Cummins engine.”
With a torque rating in the mid-500s (in pound-feet) and more than 300 horsepower, Nissan said the Cummins diesel engine will provide light-truck customers the combination of towing capacity and mileage that is expected in the North American truck marketplace.
The new diesel engine will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind. Like the current model, the next-generation Titan truck will be built at Nissan’s Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant.
The V8 program is planning to add to its 300 person workforce over the next several years and at maturity expects to employ approximately 800 workers, Cummins said in a media release. Exact details on hiring are not yet available, but people interested in applying for externally posted positions can do so by visiting careers.cummins.com.
Cummins is holding a news conference for 2 p.m. today at the Columbus Engine Plant to announce a new global partner, a new engine and a significant number of new jobs for Indiana.
This story will be updated.