Matters Pushing Nissan To Replace 5.6-Liter V-8 With HEMI V-8 Power
In Next Titan
By: Mike Levine Posted:
08-27-08 10:14 PT
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LLC chairman Jim Press has confirmed to PickupTrucks.com that
the next-generation Nissan Titan, based on the Dodge Ram 1500,
will receive a version of Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gas
380-horsepower HEMI is the most powerful engine available for
Dodge Ram 1500.
was the featured speaker at today's monthly Motor Press Guild
meeting in Los Angeles for automotive journalists.
asked Press if Chrysler would share its HEMI V-8 with Nissan.
His response? "(Nissan) will get the same HEMI powertrain
(for the Titan).
week, Nissan's vice president of the Nissan Technical Center
North America, Bob Sump, told PickupTrucks.com that it was
highly likely the Titan would share Chrysler's HEMI engine
instead of continuing to use the Titan's current 5.6-liter
Endurance V-8. Soon after, Nissan's PR staff said a final decision
had not been reached.
The Titan is expected to end production at Nissan's Canton,
Miss., plant in late 2010 and start production based on the Dodge
Ram platform in early 2011 at Chrysler's Saltillo, Mexico plant.
#1: 08-27-08 17:23 PT
response to our story, Nissan PR Senior
Manager John Schilling says that no decision has been made
on the next-generation Titan's engine. It's still up in the
air and when it's decided, Nissan will announce it.
comes to engineering the next-generation Nissan Titan, Nissan is letting
Chrysler take the driver's seat.
the companies jointly
announced that Chrysler would build the next
iteration of Nissan's Titan half-ton pickup at Chrysler's plant in
Saltillo, Mexico, and that it would be based on the all-new Dodge
and Nissan are still negotiating the production contract's final details,
but a clear role has been defined for Nissan's engineers:
they'll only be responsible for defining and evaluating the Titan's performance
criteria, not delivering it.
means the end of the line for Nissan's 5.6-liter Endurance
V-8 in the Titan, said Bob Sump, vice president of Nissan Technical Center
North America. We spoke with Sump at Nissan's 2009 full-line truck
preview in Stevenson, Wash.
"Our engineering will get involved setting performance targets
and evaluating whether (Chrysler) is achieving them or not, but we don't
have any direct design responsibility for it," Sump said. "It
will all be done by Chrysler, including the powertrain. Nissan management
will evaluate the prototypes to make sure they meet requirements."
was part of the current-generation Titan's original design and development
team back when Nissan engineered the truck from the ground up. The 317-horsepower,
5.6-liter V-8 has been the only engine available in the Titan since the
truck went on sale in 2003 as a 2004 model.
Nissan instead wants to use Chrysler's HEMI V-8 for the Titan as a
matter of cost. Nissan is trying to keep costs low by outsourcing Titan
production to Chrysler, he said.
"It would be a huge cost to try to put our engine in that vehicle," he
said. "The idea is to stay as common as we can (with the Dodge Ram)
and change the styling. The HEMI would make the most sense, assuming
Chrysler will sell us the HEMI."
Sources tell us the 5.7-liter HEMI is very likely to be part of the final deal
"We can do whatever we want, it's just a question how much we want
to pay them to do it," Sump said. "The ideal situation is not
doing anything different. I think we'll need to do the evaluation to
see if the HEMI meets our performance and what does it cost to do it."
next Titan is also expected to broaden its engine lineup beyond a
V-8 by offering Chrysler's 3.7-liter V-6 and sharing at least one light-duty
diesel engine, from Cummins, with the Ram.
to the Nissan engineers who used to work on the Titan?
at Nissan say they're being moved to work on Nissan's next-generation
midsize pickup or the company's new North American light commercial
vehicle program, which will build commercial trucks and vans on the
assembly line where the Titan is built today.
A few engineers
will be left to keep track of Chrysler's efforts, though.
"We're paying real close attention to the status because we're
not doing the design work," Sump said.