Nissan Axes The Titan XD Diesel For 2020 – Updated Gas Models Are Still Coming

Nissan has announced that production of the Titan XD with the 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine will finish by the end of this year.

First reported by The Drive, Nissan has now made it official that in December of 2019, the Cummins will no longer be fit under the hood of the Titan XD. The good news is that come 2020, we will be getting a “dramatically refreshed” version of the Titan and gas-powered Titan XDs.

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When the 2016 Titan XD debuted you could only get the 5.0-liter Cummins V8, with the 5.7-liter gas V8 coming later. Power from the 5.0L stands at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.7L gas V8 that will continue to be offered under the hood makes 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque.

Maximum tow rating on the Titan XD with the diesel clocks in at 12,640 pounds, while with the gas V8, the max tow rating falls by about 1000 pounds down to 11,600 pounds.

Nissan claimed when it was released that the Titan XD was meant to fit into a “white space” in the market between half-tons and heavy duty pickups, but with towing numbers not better than those trucks, the argument for the Titan XD was murky at best.

Titan sales are down in general, falling by 25 percent in 2019 so far compared to this time in 2018, though that is across both XD and half-ton with all engines, so slowing Titan sales are not just a diesel issue.

That is something Nissan will no doubt hope to address with the 2020 refresh and we can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve.

And in case you want to watch the diesel haul a big trailer on last time, here’s the Titan XD on the Ike Gauntlet.