The Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Truck has a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel engine, a transparent acrylic hood, an aggressive red and raw matte silver paint job, contrasting wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, mesh grille and roof rack. It is a mid-size concept truck not yet available, as of 2015.
The Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine barely fits into the forward compartment and generates 200 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. It has an eight-speed transmission and increases the fuel efficiency over the current six-cylinder front runner by 35 percent, which is 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway. The towing capacity and payload ability are expected to at least match those of the trucks in the current Nissan line that have larger engines.
Significant modifications were necessary to fit the Cummins engine, but Nissan claims that as many parts as possible were kept the same as the gasoline-powered model, including the wiring harness and the radiator.
The main question about the concept vehicle is when it is going to be released and if it will be a part of current models or part of a new release. With the planned release of the diesel model Titan truck, the company is clearly committed to diesel power plants in its truck line.