NISSAN FRONTIER DIESEL RUNNER CONCEPT: Nissan selected the 2014 Chicago Auto Show to debut the Frontier Diesel Runner concept equipped with a Cummins diesel engine. This project truck, based on a Frontier Desert Rummer 4x2 model, serves to both gauge the Chicagoland market reaction to a Nissan mid-size pickup with a diesel engine and plot a potential future direction for the Frontier. At the heart of the Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine designed to meet or exceed future emissions standards. As adapted for use in this truck, the engine produces nearly 200 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft. of torque, while increasing fuel economy 35 percent over a V-6 powered two-wheel drive 2014 Frontier. Backed by a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the two-wheel drive diesel Frontier maintains, and even increases, the usability of a Frontier truck. Designed by Nissan Design America in San Diego, the exterior modifications include a custom paint treatment that mixes three elements: a bright high-gloss "Arrest Me Red" color inspired by Cummins' engine red; a raw "Matte Silver" color created to express the steel body-on-frame Frontier chassis foundation; and carbon fiber and carbon fiber film accents to signify the truck's outstanding performance and efficiency. Along with carbon film-coated features such as the chin spoiler, mesh grille, roof rack, aerodynamic full-bed tonneau cover and tailgate spoiler, the hood of the vehicle draws special attention. A partially transparent acrylic hood insert serves as a window to the engine bay, where all powertrain-related elements continue the red theme. The special carbon fiber engine cover, seen through the hood insert, features an oversize Cummins logo, with a red center, black carbon sides and hidden illumination. "Cummins Turbo Diesel badges" are also recessed into both front fenders. 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.
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