Nissan just held its full-line preview for the auto media in Nashville, Tenn., and in attendance — thanks to Cummins engineers who drove it from Columbus, Ind. — was the same concept Frontier Diesel Runner we saw at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Even while filming our video of the concept, we saw people wandering to the display stand and drooling.
Since we didn't make it to Nashville we weren't able to take it on the short loop Nissan had setup for those interested in driving the Frontier. Thankfully, our friends at Green Car Reports did attend, and they had a few things to say about how it drove. They may not be truck people, but they enjoyed the little Frontier for its rugged torque and fuel efficiency.
They noted that Cummins still has more testing to do and possibly a few integration bugs to sort out, but overall the diesel Frontier offered a pretty good ride. Of course, much will be dependent on price for an engine option like this, and with a new Cummins coming in the next-gen Titan (set to debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January), much will be riding on the acceptance of the 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 before the little 2.8-liter inline-four-cylinder Cummins gets the green light for the next Frontier.
We hope to get a ride in the Nissan/Cummins concept soon, as well as the coming Titan and its new turbo-diesel V-8.