News that Nissan would have a gasoline V-8 powering the Titan XD came with the truck’s initial debut. What exactly that V-8 would be and how much power it would produce remained a mystery – until now. The automaker has pulled the covers off its newest powerplant slotted for both the Titan XD and the upcoming Titan pickup.

The new 5.6-liter V-8 may share its displacement and cylinder count with the outgoing Endurance V-8, but Nissan says that’s where the similarities stop. The new engine is a completely new design, fitted with the latest in truck engine tech that’s designed for both power and efficiency.

The engine comes with direct fuel injection and Nissan’s VVEL, or Variable Valve Event & Lift technology. That’s a fancy name for variable valve timing, but the system hydraulically controls the valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on both the intake and exhaust sides. This leads to better performance in both low- and high-throttle driving situations. A high compression ratio of 11.2:1 helps efficiency as well.

All told, the new 5.6-liter V-8 produces 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. That’s up from 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque over the outgoing V-8. The engine will come mated with a new, seven-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan hasn’t released the V-8’s towing, payload, or fuel economy numbers, but I’d suspect the gasoline-powered Titan XD to be slightly down on these stats compared to the diesel-powered Titan XD. We’ll bring you more as Nissan releases the info.

Gasoline-power Titan XDs will hit showrooms in early spring of 2016.

Continue reading for the full story.

Why it matters

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Nissan expressly claims customers in the niche market for the Titan XD are looking for choices between a gasoline and diesel engine. For some, it comes down to cost, while other simply have a preference for one powertrain type over another.

This new V-8 will be a strong competitor in the new Titan pickup, the non-heavy duty version of Nissan’s full-size pickup. Those horsepower and torque ratings put the 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 up against Toyota’s 5.7-liter iForce V-8, which puts out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, along with Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, Chevy’s 5.3-liter V-8 produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, while the 6.2-liter V-8 produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 in a Ram 2500 gets you 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

Horsepower and torque numbers aside, it will be interesting to see how well this new gasoline V-8 does in comparison to the 5.0-liter Cummins Turbodiesel also offered in the Titan XD. My money is most private-party sales will lean towards the Cummins while fleet sales will skew towards the V-8 gasser.

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Read our full review on the Nissan Titan here.

Press Release

Nissan announced today that a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine, assembled in Decherd, Tennessee, will be available in the all-new TITAN and TITAN XD full-size pickup trucks, completing the first phase of the "American TITAN" story. The engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

Nissan Titan Gets New 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 Engine
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The gasoline-powered engine joins the award-winning Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel in early spring 2016 to round out the engine offerings for the all-new Nissan XD full-size pickup, which stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. The bold new design combines the capabilities of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup.

"With this new engine, Nissan TITAN XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs – either the all-new Endurance V8 or the Cummins® diesel – two offerings that you won’t find on any other truck on the market today," said Rich Miller, chief product specialist, TITAN, Nissan North America, Inc. "It’s going to be a tough decision for TITAN XD customers between these two very durable, capable engines."

Nissan Titan Gets New 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 Engine
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While the new Endurance V8 shares its displacement with the previous-generation V8 installed in Titan, that is where the similarities end. The new engine features 390 horsepower (up from 317) and 401 lb-ft of torque (up from 385), along with Nissan’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake and exhaust sides to provide high performance and crisp response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve, and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.

The new engine also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance (previous Titan: 9.8:1) and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine’s thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.

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TITAN XD models equipped with the Endurance V8 engine will be outfitted with a new 7-speed automatic, which features Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

More information on the Endurance V8 and 7-speed automatic will be available closer to its early spring 2016 on-sale date.

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