Nissan’s recently announced restructuring may be starting to take hold. The Japanese automaker has confirmed plans to reduce the Nissan Titan pickup lineup, axing several variants of the truck, including its diesel V-8 engine.
The Drive originally reported Nissan was planning to kill off the diesel-powered Titan XD, but it has since been confirmed by Nissan. Nissan says it has reached a joint agreement with Cummins–the manufacturer of the diesel engine–to end production of the 5.0-liter V-8. The engine generates 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque and has been an option in the heavier duty Titan XD, which will be powered exclusively by Nissan’s 5.6-liter gas V-8 once the Cummins is removed from the lineup at the end of the year.
In addition to the diesel engine, Nissan is also killing off the regular cab variants of both the Titan and Titan XD at the end of the year. This will leave buyers the quad cab and crew cab variants to choose from going forward.
Despite Nissan axing several versions of the Titan, the company is working on a refresh of its full-size pickup truck. A revised Titan is expected to bow this fall with a fresh face and updated infotainment system. It isn’t known at this time if Nissan will slot in any additional engines into the refreshed Titan to compensate for the lack of engine choices the diesel’s death yields.