Ahead of the official launch of the 2016 Nissan Titan, the automaker is revealing some of the truck’s backstory with a video series titled “Titan Truckumentary.” After first highlighting Nissan’s history as a truckmaker, the series then gave some background about the truck’s chief product specialist and the design process of the 2016 Titan, and the fourth installment of the series shows some of the more rigorous development that went into creating the new truck.

Nissan has a lot to prove when it comes to competing in the full-size truck market against the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra. The latest video focuses on how the 2016 Nissan Titan was torture-tested to ensure that it would live up to the harsh conditions that will it will encounter in the hands of buyers. Nissan engineers tried to replicate every imaginable driving situation the Titan will encounter, including driving along washboard and cobblestone roads, which is done both in controlled test tracks as well as live simulators.

These tests are very similar to what most new cars are put through, but Nissan went a step further, looking at some of the more challenging driving scenarios pickup trucks must survive, including driving over curbs, driving through deep, standing water and severe chassis and suspension flex.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

Nissan Titan XD

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The 2016 Nissan Titan XD bridges the gap between a conventional half-ton pickup and the heavy-duty trucks currently on the market. The XD will be the work-ready model of the new Titan lineup, with a 5.0-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel V-8 that produces 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. This power output will allow the Nissan Titan XD to tow more than 12,000 pounds and have a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds. When the full 2016 Nissan Titan lineup goes on sale closer to the end of this year, it will offer three engine options (the Cummins diesel, a gas V-6 and a gas V-8) along with five trim levels, three cab configurations and two frame lengths.

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The fourth chapter of Nissan’s "TITAN Truckumentary" focuses on early durability testing that the company’s next-generation full-size pickup has been undergoing the past few months.

Viewers get a glimpse inside Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) outside of Detroit and into the desert environs of Nissan’s Arizona Test Center (ATC) to see engineers and technicians putting the forthcoming 2016 TITAN XD* through a number of coordinated real-world and simulated test scenarios.

Filming took place in and around ATC in Stanfield, Ariz. and at NTCNA in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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