It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the diesel! Press Release below –
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nissan today debuted two special vehicles that form the centerpiece for the brand’s display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show — the Frontier Desert Runner Powered by Cummins and the latest addition to the popular Nissan Versa Note lineup, the sporty new 2015 Versa Note SR.
Both were revealed at a press conference by Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) and will be on display throughout the public days of the Chicago Auto Show, February 8 — 17.
“The Chicago Auto Show is America’s oldest and largest show and Nissan always likes to bring something new and exciting,” said Diaz. “This year we’re covering two ends of our product spectrum — a one-of-a-kind powerful turbo diesel-equipped Frontier mid-size pickup and a sporty new look for our popular Versa Note, the 2015 Versa Note SR. Both are great representatives of ‘Innovation that excites.'”
The Frontier Diesel Runner, which is based on a Frontier Desert Runner 4×2 model, was created to gauge the market reaction to a Nissan mid-size pickup with a diesel engine and plot a potential future direction for the Frontier. It arrives a mere six months after the announcement of a partnership with Cummins Inc. to provide a 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8 in the next-generation Titan full-size pickup, which will arrive in calendar year 2015.
The sporty new Versa Note SR is one of two new trims being added to the Versa Note lineup for its second year of production, along with the Versa Note SL. Both new grade levels go on sale this spring at Nissan dealers nationwide, joining the Versa Note S, S Plus and SV.
About the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Powered by Cummins
At the heart of the Frontier Diesel Runner is a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine producing nearly 200 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft. of torque, while increasing fuel economy 35 percent over a V6-powered 2014 Frontier 4×2. Special exterior modifications include a custom “Arrest Me Red” and Matte Silver paint treatment, aerodynamic full-bed tonneau cover and tailgate spoiler, and a transparent acrylic hood insert that provides as a window to the engine bay, where all powertrain-related elements continue the red theme.
The 16-inch wheels, borrowed from a Frontier PRO-4X, have been treated with a special two-tone paint — Arrest Me Red for the rear wheels and silver in front, each accented by satin black paint. The brake calipers have also been custom painted in contrasting colors — silver rear and red front.
The Frontier Diesel Runner’s interior mirrors the silver and red exterior design, with red accents throughout and carbon-trimmed seats and panels. The front and rear seats feature carbon-print leather appointments with grey accent stitching and black-on-black “Tracks” embroidery. The carbon film-wrapped instrument panel is highlighted by red-tined gauges and a special black-faced diesel-specific three-gauge pod on top of the C-cluster.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR(R) Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.