Will a new diesel engine help the Nissan Titan survive?

Don’t forget the Nissan Titan! It’s still a good full-size pickup to consider, despite its struggle to beat its rivals. The 2023 Nissan Titan could be a game changer with new updates including a new diesel engine.

Will the 2023 Nissan Titan be equipped with a diesel engine?

2022 Nissan Titan Light Blue | Nissan

According to Pickup Truck News, the 2023 Nissan Titan will get a mid-cycle refresh. The Titan XD could gain a new diesel engine as well as other updates. Cummins diesel engine was used from 2016 to 2019.

However, the engine was scrapped due to a fatal defect. The location of the diesel exhaust filler tubes and the DEF filler neck can be easily confused. Putting Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) into the diesel system contaminates the entire system.

Several owners have been found guilty of making this mistake. As a result, the fuel systems sustained permanent damage that was not covered by warranty. Additionally, the diesel engine was linked to diesel exhaust leaking into the cabin.

How powerful will the 2023 Titan be?

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The 2023 Nissan Titan is expected to carry the same 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 hp and 412 lb-ft of torque. The older Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine produced 330 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The new option could have more power.

The gasoline engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Titan can tow up to 9,160. Rivals like the Ford F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds, so that’s a little behind. We hope the Titan gains power soon. It can also carry a payload of up to 1,711 lbs.

Currently, there is no talk of an electric or hybrid powertrain in the works. But those options might come later. The Titan gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and up to 21 mpg on the highway. So a more fuel-efficient diesel engine could make fans happy.

While the Titan has peppy acceleration and confident brakes, its ride quality lacks the sophistication of its rivals. The Ram 1500 has a smoother ride and quieter interior. But the Nissan Titan X-Pro has plenty of rugged off-road capability.

What’s new for the 2023 Titan?

The 2022 Nissan Titan PRO-4X is a full-size truck capable of serious off-roading.

2022 Nissan Titan PRO-4X | Nissan

The goal of the 2023 Nissan Titan refresh is to modernize it. It currently doesn’t hold a candle to the recently redesigned Toyota Tundra. The interior currently relies on hard plastics and lacks storage space.

Perhaps the interior will gain in higher quality materials and innovative storage solutions. However, even though they look dated, the Zero Gravity seats are incredibly comfortable and supportive. The Titan is also known for having the smallest rear seat in the segment.

The Titan has pretty good technology. You can opt for an 8.0 or 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, rivals offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. At least you can opt for a wireless phone charger.

Rumors suggest that the 2023 Titan will come with more standard features, which is great. Currently, automated emergency braking is the only standard safety option. Competitors offer more.

The 2022 Titan starts at around $38,310. The price of the 2023 Titan might go up a bit, thanks to the new updates. A new diesel engine could help the Titan, but we think it needs a little more than that.

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