Nearly a year after the announcement of the Cummins crate engine program, the 2.8-liter 4-cylinder R2.8 Turbo Diesel is now available for consumer purchase. The engine is meant to power compact and midsize SUVs, pickup trucks, chassis cabs and more.
The R2.8 engine will be marketed to the consumer under the Cummins Repower™ program name. In addition to the engine crate, Cummins will also include a list of accessories essential for the completion of the wiring, front-end accessory drive, throttle and dashboard display. The crate engine upfit will be done at the “Plant 1” facility in Columbus, Indiana. The R2.8 has been specially designed for the North American automotive aftermarket, according to the company.
The starting price (MSRP) for the engine and accessories is $8,999. The company did not provide a power rating at the time of this writing.
However, the 2.8-liter Cummins engine is nothing new to TFL, of course. Back in May of 2017, TFL featured a Jeep/Scout/Cummins “resto-mod”, which was powered by the first prototype version of the Cummins 2.8-liter turbo diesel. For those who didn’t get enough, in the video, Steve Sanders provides even more insight on the early stages of the 2.8-liter turbo diesel program and its aspirations.
What vehicle would you put this 2.8L turbo-diesel in if you had the opportunity? There is currently no official word on whether this engine will be in the next Nissan Frontier.