Nissan to Show Cummins-Powered NV Cargo X 4x4 Concept in ChicagoPosted in News on February 2, 2017 0) (
Ever since the rumors of Cummins power in the Nissan Titan XD, the armchair quarterbacks in the enthusiast community have been talking about dropping the 5.0L Cummins V-8 into Nissan’s loaf-shaped workhorse, the fullsize NV van. There are reportedly a few prototypes running around Columbus, Indiana, and Nashville, Tennessee. However, they haven’t been in the public eye to any great extent. Well, a real-life Cummins-powered Nissan NV is about to make its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Built in partnership with “Xtreme Off-Road” television host Ian Johnson, Nissan not only added diesel power under the hood of the NV Cargo X but added four-wheel drive and 37-inch tires to make this van ready to hit the trail at a moment’s notice.
As in the Titan XD, the Cummins is backed by a heavy-duty Aisin six-speed automatic. To accommodate the added weight of the Cummins, as well as the transfer case and front axle, a completely custom front suspension design was fabricated. The rear suspension retains leaf springs to maintain the NV’s substantial cargo capacity. Further adding to the van’s off-road bona fides are 37-inch tires, a 10,000-pound front winch, and a custom tube bumper and front skidplate. The interior of the van sports an onboard air system, fluid containment and storage, a fullsize spare tire, recovery rope, recovery tracks, a high-lift jack, portable welder, and a tool bag. The van was taken to Arizona’s Pyeatt Draw trail to test its trail-worthiness, which you can see in the video below. You can see the NV Cargo X at the Chicago Auto show, with Johnson signing autographs on Saturday, February 11, from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.