Now that the 2016 Nissan Titan have been officially uncovered, the folks at Nissan are now giving a more detailed behind-the-scenes look with the latest episode of the “Titan Truckumentary.” This third part follows Diane Allen, Nissan’s Senior Design Manager, and her design team’s work on the new truck. From penciling sketches to fitting parts onto a pre-production truck, the team worked to conceptualize a full size truck that appealed specifically to the North American market.

The team started brainstorming by bringing in inspirational things like tools, hardware, and even images of the Titan gods. After countless hours of work, the team became smitten with a sketch from designer Randy Rodriguez. His design pulled in cues from the helmets worn by the mythical Titans while giving a more muscular stance with its bulging fenders and gaping grille.

Allen says the truck embodies the Nissan flair while getting a more technology-rich appearance that is futuristic in design yet historical in its heritage. She should know – she’s been working at Nissan for 30 years and has held positions working on the first-generation Titan, the Armada, Rogue, 350Z, and the 350Z.

So before I spoil the video’s plot line, give it a watch. If you haven’t seen the first two “Truckumentary” episodes, click past the jump to catch up.

Click past the jump for the other "Truckumentary" videos

Part 1

Part 2

Nissan Titan XD

2016 Nissan Titan XD High Resolution Exterior
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Nissan has completely redesigned the Titan for 2016, bringing a new design language along with a completely new chassis and diesel engine. The Titan will come in two forms: the standard Titan and the Titan XD. The Titan XD sort of bridges the gap between a light duty truck and a full-on heavy duty. In fact, the XD comes powered by a Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Nissan has not released any information on towing capabilities, but it’s expected to be in line with other automakers’ 2500-series trucks.

The Cummins V-8 is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which comes in at only 1,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a Aisin six-speed automatic transmission and powers either the rear wheels or all four wheels if 4WD is purchased.

Pricing has not been announced yet, but the truck is expected to be competitively listed against other trucks from Ford, GM, and Ram.

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Diane Allen, Senior Design Manager at Nissan Design America (NDA), is featured in "Sketch Pad," the third chapter of Nissan’s "TITAN Truckumentary." Allen and her team are responsible for the design of the recently revealed 2016 Nissan TITAN XD.

Filming took place at NDA, located in San Diego, Calif., giving viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the team in action. Allen, who also managed the team that created the original Titan, explains some of the inspiration behind the next-generation TITAN’s appearance while also revealing the philosophy that guided the overall design process.

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