Nissan’s one-of-a-kind Frontier Diesel Runner made its first appearance at the Chicago Auto show, illustrating this automaker’s interest in the increasingly important clean diesel pickup market. Powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins turbo diesel with nearly 200 horsepower and, more importantly, some 350 lb-ft torque, the pickup features the performance and functionality required of today’s pickup buyers who often combine work and personal applications.
The Diesel Runner is based on Nissan’s Frontier Desert Runner 4×2 model and was created to gauge consumer reaction to a diesel-powered midsize Nissan pickup. No doubt, things will go in that direction. Nissan already has a partnership with Cummins to provide 5.0-liter turbodiesel V-8s for its next-generation Titan full-size pickup that’s arriving in 2015.