Nissan has released the latest episode of its Titan “Truckumentary.” This episode is all about that diesel goodness – or as Nissan engineers define it – that power, the push in the seat, that constant pull that’s not found anywhere else beside in a diesel truck.

Of course, the engineers are talking about the new 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel built by the legendary diesel builder, Cummins. The engine makes 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. That sort of power will allow the upcoming 2016 Titan XD to haul loads normally reserved for one-ton trucks.

“This is not a direct replacement for a V-8 gas engine or a V-6 gas engine,” said Rich Miller, Nissan’s Director of Production Planning for trucks and SUVs. “This engine will be towing more, hauling more, and get’s better fuel economy while towing and hauling.”

The Titan will come in two forms when it debuts for next year: the standard Titan and the heavy-duty Titan XD. It’s that XD that will come equipped with the Cummins turbodiesel. The truck will serve as Nissan’s heaviest hauler, acting much like a 2500-series, or three-quarter ton truck.

Nissan will be the second non-commercial automaker to incorporate a Cummins powerplant. Dodge turned Ram has been using the Cummins inline six-cylinder turbodiesel for decades with tremendous success. “The Cummins engine really brings a lot to us,” said Peter Luttenbacher, a Nissan product planner. “It gives us that instant credibility from the Cummins brand name.

Nissan even got the legendary diesel tuner Gale Banks to comment. “This size engine – the 5.0-liter engine – it really comes down to the power and torque output,” he said. “And it’s prodigious.”

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The sixth chapter of Nissan’s "TITAN TRUCKUMENTARY" delves into the relationship between Nissan and Cummins, Inc., the storied engine manufacturer that has played a pivotal role in bringing the 2016 TITAN XD to life.

Cummins – based in Columbus, Indiana a few hours up I-65 from Nissan’s Tennessee-based North American Headquarters – has collaborated closely with Nissan on the next-generation TITAN XD, developing this engine specifically with Nissan’s next-generation pickup in mind. Watch (and listen to the exhaust note) as many of the key players at both Cummins and Nissan chronicle the process by which the 5.0-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel V8 was mated to the TITAN XD.

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