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2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven

2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven
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  • Nissan Titan XD - Driven
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    310 @ 3200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    555 @ 1600
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    40000 (Est.)
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The Titan made its debut back in 2004 and hasn’t changed much since. Sure, there was a mild refresh back in 2008, but the bones remained unchanged. Nissan only offered two cab and bed configurations, one engine, and the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. That’s all changing for the 2016 model year.

Nissan has decided to expand the Titan into a pair of pickups – the regular Titan carrying the half-ton designation, and the Titan XD, a sort of go-between for customers who need the extra towing and hauling capabilities of a heavy-duty, but who don’t want to pay for 900 pound-feet of torque and a 30,000-pound tow rating. When asked to describe the new Titan XD, Richard Miller, Director of Product Planning for the truck, says to think of the Titan XD as a three-quarter ton truck from 2003. It has 500-plus pound-feet of torque and can tow roughly 12,000 pounds. That’s exactly where mainstream 2500-series trucks were at in the mid-2000s.

Miller and his design team know they’re marketing the Titan XD to a niche customer. Still, their research apparently shows there’s profit to be made in this middle ground. Helping expand the Titan’s marketability is an increased number of build configurations, trim levels, and (coming soon) engine options. No longer will the Titan be a one-size-fits-all truck. Single cabs, base trim levels, and eight-foot beds are part of the mix, as well as the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim with all the proper luxury trimmings. The combinations won’t be as extensive as those from Ford, Chevy, or Ram, but are said to cater to a much wider audience than before.

In order to find out more about the Titan XD, I took a trip to the Arizona desert just outside Scottsdale. These roads are very familiar to the Titan XD. Nissan’s R&D testing center is a two hours’ drive south and engineers spend many hours tuning the Titan XD on the six-percent grades found in the mountains outside of town.

So how’d the Titan XD stack up? Keep reading to find out.

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Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD Get a New Lift Kit From Icon Vehicle Dynamics

Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD Get a New Lift Kit From Icon Vehicle Dynamics

That’s three extra inches in ride height that can go a long way in enjoying the Titan’s off-road capabilities

The Nissan Titan is already one of the most capable pickups in the market, but even something as impressive as the Titan isn’t immune to added improvements. That’s why Nissan, in partnership with Icon Vehicle Dynamics, is now offering a way to lift the Titan’s suspension, increasing the Titan’s suspension by up to three inches, giving owners of the pickup more reason to enjoy the outdoors.

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5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

You’d want these trucks on your side when you need to do heavy lifting

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.

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Nissan Debuts Suspension Lift Kit for Titan & Titan XD

Nissan Debuts Suspension Lift Kit for Titan & Titan XD

Kit developed by ICON and won’t void warranty

Jeep isn’t the only automaker now offering factory-backed lift kits. That’s right Nissan is launching a suspension lift for the Titan and Titan XD pickups. The hardware comes from ICON Vehicle Dynamics, a well-respected company that designs and builds suspension lifts and other off-road gear for trucks and SUVs. The lift kit will give Titans up to three inches of additional height while not voiding the truck’s factory warranty.

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Nissan Announces Pricing For 2018 Titan, Titan XD

Nissan Announces Pricing For 2018 Titan, Titan XD

Midnight Edition brings monochromatic appeal for $1,250

Nissan has announced pricing for its 2018 Titan and Titan XD models, along with the price for the pickups’ new Midnight Edition. Both trucks carry over unchanged from 2017, including cab, bed, trim, and engine configurations. As such, Nissan is only upping the price by $200 across the board. The monochromatic Midnight Edition, which brings several visual updates to the trucks, adds an extra $1,250 to the MSRP.

The Titan and Titan XD are slowing gaining steam in the highly competitive pickup market, selling 7,679 examples in November inside the U.S. That’s up from only 4,114 in October and 3,773 in September. While these numbers are far less than Ford, GM, and Ram’s monthly truck sales, Nissan is playing out a strategy. Titan sales have been targeted to certain truck-centric markets like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. This allows the automaker to focus its marketing dollars while allowing its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant to ramp up production.

Nissan’s overall truck strategy has the half-ton Titan competing against stalwarts like the Silverado, F-150, Ram 1500, and Tundra, while the Titan XD carves out its own niche market in between the half-ton and three-quarter ton weight classes. Nissan is also betting big with its association to Cummins, which provides the optional 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel offered in the XD.

For our opinions and driving impressions, check out our review of the 2017 Titan and 2016 Titan XD.

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Nissan Titan XD Snow Plow Package Is Ready for a White Christmas

Nissan Titan XD Snow Plow Package Is Ready for a White Christmas

Tough winter ahead? Nissan has you covered!

Recent U.S. winters have had greater than average snowfall, and it seems that the upcoming cold season won’t be any different. Nissan is doing something about it, though, by offering the Titan XD with snow plow and all the accessories needed to turn the pickup truck into a reliable, commercial or personal snow remover. Called the Snow Plow Prep Package, this special winter upgrade was showcased at the 2017 SEMA Show and will become available this fall.

The bundle includes snow plows from five leading manufacturers, so you get to choose between Boss, Fisher, Meyer, SnowEx, and Western. The package also comes with higher capacity front springs that increase front gross axle weight rating (GAWR) capacity by from 4,325 to 4,900 pounds). This allows fitment of snow plows on all three body configurations of the Titan XD (Single Cab, King Cab, and Crew Cab). It’s worth mentioning that the heavy-duty springs aren’t anything new, being already available for the Titan XD with the Heavy Duty GAWR Package, which makes vehicles equipped with that package snow plow-capable.

All these vehicles are powered by the massive, 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to move large quantities of snow off anything from neighborhood alleys to interstate highways. There’s no word as to how much the Snow Plow Prep Package costs, but commercial buyers will benefit from a $500 Nissan Upfit Allowance to help defer the cost of the equipment.

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2017 Nissan Titan & Frontier Midnight Editions

2017 Nissan Titan & Frontier Midnight Editions

Midnight at 2 P.M.? Nissan’s got you totally covered.

Nissan is playing off the massive hype surrounding the total solar eclipse by introducing three new Midnight Edition trucks for 2018: the Titan, Titan XD, and Frontier. Not surprisingly, the trucks are blacked out from hood to hitch with black interiors and several popular add-on features included. Not only does this tie in perfectly with today’s celestial event, it complements Nissan’s huge success with the Midnight Edition treatment on its other vehicles, which are said to sell twice as quick as standard models.

Billy Hayes, Nissan’s division vice president for North America sales, said, “Following the tremendous response to the original Maxima SR Midnight Edition, we’ve created a complete portfolio of the popular blacked-out Midnight Edition look among our core Nissan sedan, crossover and SUV models. We expect the strong customer appeal to continue with the expansion of the Midnight Edition package to our Titan, Titan XD and Frontier pickups.” Nissan isn’t the only automaker doing well with special edition models boosting sales. Chevrolet is killing it with special editions like the Redline, Rally, High Desert, Custom Sport HD, RealTree, Special Ops, Alaskan, and Black Out editions. Oh, and Chevy also has its own Midnight Edition with a blacked-out appearance, too. Ram also plays the game, offering its Ram pickups with the Limited Tungsten, Subline Green, Copper, Night, Rebel Black, and Rebel Mojave Sand editions. Hayes followed up by saying, “A great custom look straight from the factory is what buyers really appreciate. We’re finding that buyers in the millennial age group especially are attracted to the Midnight Editions. Last year, Nissan was ranked as the number one brand for millennial purchases.”

Speaking of purchases, the Titan, Titan XD, and Frontier Midnight Editions will go on sale starting in the late fall of 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced. For the full details on the trucks, keep reading below.

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Nissan Titan And Titan XD Receive New King Cab Body Style

Nissan Titan And Titan XD Receive New King Cab Body Style

King Cab fills third and final spot in Titan’s cab sizes

Nissan has finally introduced the King Cab body style for its Titan and Titan XD pickups. This marks the third and final body style offered by the Titan, adding to the four-door Crew Cab and two-door Regular Cab. All three cabs, combined with several bed lengths, cover a large portion of the personal and commercial pickup truck market, including fleet buyers. The King Cab utilizes rear-hinged doors for entry into the second-row bench seat. Nissan is also offering the industry’s first rear bench delete option, giving commercial buyers more interior cargo room without having to purchase the larger Crew Cab.

Fred Diaz, VP and GM for Nissan North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, summed up the Titan King Cab’s launch by saying:

“The launch of the new King Cab body is the last step in a journey that began in December 2015 with the debut of the breakthrough Titan XD, which continues to carve out a unique white space between competitors’ heavy-duty and half-ton trucks. Now, with the addition of a half-ton Titan, our new Endurance V-8, three body configurations, three bed lengths and a range of grade levels and equipment packages, we’re covering nearly every segment in the personal and commercial full-size truck markets. Add to that the industry’s best five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and the Titan family is even more compelling.”

The King Cab is offered on both the Titan and Titan XD, and can be paired with three trim levels. These include the base S grade, mid-level SV, and off-road biased PRO-4X. The truck will come standard with RWD, but 4WD is optional. All Titan models currently come standard with the new 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Titan XDs can be optioned with the 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel, which is paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic built for heavy-duty use.

The half-ton Titan King Cab is rated to tow 9,420 pounds or haul 1.640 pounds in the bed. Opting for the Titan XD boosts those max numbers to 12,510 pounds and 2,710 pounds respectively.

There is more to the Titan King Cab, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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Nissan Jumps into Texas-Themed Truck Packages

Nissan Jumps into Texas-Themed Truck Packages

Enter: the 2017 Nissan “Texas Titan” package

The 2016 Texas State Fair is fully underway in Dallas and Nissan is joining ranks with Ram in offering a Texas-themed trim package for its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups. Nissan calls it the Texas Titan package and it brings unique exterior upgrades that give the trucks a one-off look. This also marks the first special edition Nissan has brought to the second-generation Titan pickup.

These exterior changes include a unique chrome grille, 20-inch chrome aluminum-alloy wheels, metallic-finish kick plates in the door jambs, a chrome exhaust pipe tip, floor mats with the Texas Titan logo, and Texas Titan exterior badging.

The Texas Titan package can be optioned onto the mid-grade SV and upper grade SL trim levels in both the half-ton Titan or three-quarter ton Titan XD. The Crew Cab is the only cab choice, but customers can choose between RWD or 4WD, or the two available engine options in the Titan XD. Those include the standard 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 and the 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. The 5.6-liter V-8 is currently the only engine offered in the half-ton Titan. An entry level V-6 is expected to debut in the coming months.

"[The] Titan XD was named ’Texas Truck of the Year’ last fall by the Texas Auto Writers Association so it’s fitting to acknowledge the Lone Star State with this special vehicle," said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager of Nissan North America. "For native Texans like myself, the Texas Titan is the perfect representation of Texas attitude – big horsepower, big torque, huge capabilities."

Nissan might have the newest truck on the market, but it’s leading the segment in the longest bumper-to-bumper warranty. Both the Titan and Titan XD come with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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Nissan Launches "Steel to Wheels" Video

Nissan Launches "Steel to Wheels" Video

From cold steel to a rolling pickup – Nissan details construction of the new Titan pickup.

Production of the Nissan Titan and Titan XD is fully under way at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant. To celebrate, Nissan has released a short video called “Steel to Wheels” that highlights the plant, the assembly process, and the people that built the trucks.

Just like the video title suggests, the process starts as huge rolls of steel are unwound and stamped into doors, hoods, and beds to form the basic body structure. From there, the panels move into the body shop where the pieces are assembled together. The cab and bed are built separately before coming together just before the painting process begins.

In paint, workers closely inspect the bare metal, shaving off any imperfections with a grinder wheel. The bodies are then dunked in a cleaning solution that removes any oil, fingerprints, or debris before being primed with rust prohibitor. Paint is then applied in either a solid color or two-tone scheme. Those trucks with two-tone paint jobs spend extra time in the paint department since both colors have to be added separately. Another round of close inspections are done, looking for any type of imperfection in the body or paint.

From there, the Titan and Titan XD roll to the trim line. It’s here that the interiors are installed, including the carpet, headliner, dashboard, seats, and windows. It takes many workers during this stage, as most of the parts are installed by hand using pneumatic tools. With the body and interior assembled, the trucks meat up with the chassis, which is merging from its own assembly line were suspension and drivetrain components are added.

A massive cradle lowers the truck bodies onto the complete chassis. Workers then connect all the wiring harnesses, hoses, and tubes between the two sections. From here, final pieces like the grille, headlights, wheels, and tires are added. Workers then test all the computer systems to verify each are working properly. The trucks are then started for the first time, before driving off the assembly line.

Each Titan is put though its paces on a short road course where inspectors listen for any squeaks or rattles and look for any other anomalies. From there, each truck is loaded onto a transport truck for delivery to Nissan dealerships nationwide.

Erik Fields, the director of engineering for the Canton assembly plant, makes an interesting observation near the end of the video: every Titan truck has been built in the Canton assembly plant. Since Nissan introduced the first-generation Titan in 2003, every Titan calls Mississippi home.

Be sure to watch the video for all the details.

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Watch the Nissan Titan XD's Assembly: Video

Watch the Nissan Titan XD’s Assembly: Video

Man and machine work together in building Nissan’s biggest truck

The assembly process for mass-production vehicles is immensely entertaining to watch. The swinging robot arms, the army of workers pieces parts together, the finished products rolling off the line under power – its all quite magical to see happen. Well, the guys at Trucks.com partnered with Nissan to produce this short video showing how the Titan XD goes from rolls of steel to a freshly polished truck.

The process takes place at Nissan’s Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The plant employs nearly 6,400 people and covers 4.7 million square feet. In addition to the Titan XD, the plant also produces the half-ton Titan, the Murano SUV, the Frontier pickup, and the NV cargo and passenger vans.

For more on the Titan XD, be sure to check out our full review, as well as our first-drive impression review.

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2017 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab

2017 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab

Nissan’s first single-cab Titan aims for the workin’ man

The second-generation Nissan Titan and its heavy-duty counterpart, the Titan XD are the newest members of the full-size pickup segment. The “heavier-duty” Titan XD arrived in dealers for the 2016 model year, while the half-ton Titan will hit showrooms for 2017. Missing until now was a single cab version. Now as both the Titan and Titan XD roll out for 2017, both trucks can be had in a regular cab, long bed configuration.

Nissan’s obvious target is the fleet and commercial segment where regular cab, work trucks offer all the capability of their extended and crew cab counterparts, but with less buy-in cost. Sure, there’s only room for three, but until the late 1990s, that was normal for most pickups.

"Once we complete the roll-out of all Titan cab, bed, powertrain, and grade level configurations, our all-new Titan family will cover about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace," said Rich Miller, the chief product specials for Titan and Titan XD. "More importantly, “ he continues, “the Titan XD and Titan single cabs will have the power, torque, heavy duty chassis, and durability demanded by today’s demanding worksites – including the highest towing capacities and payloads in the lineup."

Did you catch that? The regular cab versions of the Titan trucks will have the highest payload and towing specs of the trucks’ lineups.

The addition of a regular cab also means Titan XD customers can choose from the three traditional cab sizes with three bed lengths. Like all trucks in the industry, the available wheelbase lengths limit the number of cab and bed configuration. You can’t get a regular cab, short bed Titan XD even if you wanted it. Nissan could potentially make that combination available on the half-ton Titan in the future.

Both the Titan and Titan XD regular cabs will be available the S and SV trims, giving fleet managers a choice between the base and mid-grade levels. In the Titan XD, two engine options and two drivetrain options are given. This includes the heavily revised 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 and the new 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel, along with the choice of 2WD or 4WD with either engine.

So let’s dive into the Titan XD regular cab for all the details.

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Nissan Titan XD – Gas vs. Diesel Shootout!: Video

Nissan Titan XD – Gas vs. Diesel Shootout!: Video

Which V-8 is the fastest up the Ike Gauntlet?

The guys over at TFL Truck are pitting Nissan’s newest truck against itself. Yep, it’s all about gasoline versus diesel here in this head-to-head test. The two trucks are equipped very similarly Both are the 2016 Titan XD in crew cab, short bed form. Both have 4WD and both are equipped to two some impressive loads. But which powerplant pulls harder?

Yeah, most will say the diesel, myself included. It’s a 5.0-liter turbodiesel from Cummins that makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It’s hard to beat that. However, Nissan’s heavily updated 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 now sports direct injection, Variable Valve Event & Lift technology, and a high compression ratio of 11.2:1, allowing the big V-8 to produce 390 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque.

Transmission and gearing wise, the Cummins is backed by a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission while the Endurance is mated to Nissan’s seven-speed automatic gearbox. For maximum towing, it takes the Cummins to hit the Titan XD’s 12,300-pound limit.

So which powertrain wins out? You’ll have to watch TFL Trucks’ video to find out.

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Nissan Unveils Titan XD Accessories At 2016 SHOT Show

Nissan Unveils Titan XD Accessories At 2016 SHOT Show

Nissan helps customers make their Titan XD their own

The aftermarket pickup truck accessory market is big business and Nissan is looking to grab a bite of the action. At the 2016 annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nissan unveiled a wide selection of accessories to fit the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD. These accessories help upfit the Titan for outdoor use or for those with active lifestyles, making the SHOT Show the perfect place for the announcement.

"With 1,600 exhibitors filling 630,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a challenge to stand out. Fortunately, we have a couple of Titan XD pickups on hand, which always draw a crowd wherever they go," said Fred Diaz, president of North American trucks for Nissan. "The all-new Titan XD is the perfect canvas for customization and the SHOT Show is a great venue to spotlight our complete line of custom-fit, custom-designed and durability tested accessories."

Many of the accessories are custom-fit for the Titan XD, some even making use of the Titan’s Utili-track bed channels and cleat system. Nissan’s Titan Boxes, for example, fit snuggly against the inside bed rails of the truck, providing extra storage space while sill allowing room within the bed. Since the Titan Boxes fit within the bed, they can still be used with a tonneau cover or bed topper.

There’s also a sliding tool box that moves along the bed channels to accommodate cargo or easy access from the tailgate. Bed dividers, trailer hitches, chrome step rails, splash guards, seat covers, fog lights, and even off-road lights are available. There’s even a bed tent that secures inside the cargo box for an off-the-ground camping experience.

Best of all, if you purchase the accessories when you buy the Titan, the Nissan dealership will install the parts and protect them with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.

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Nissan Titan XD Commercial Solutes ‘Detroit Three'

Nissan Titan XD Commercial Solutes ‘Detroit Three’

Nissan’s latest commercial for its all-new 2016 Titan XD pickup is a welcomed breath of fresh air from the typical “bigger, better, stronger” ads that populate prime-time TV spots. The Tennessee-based automaker actually pays tribute to the Detroit Three – Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge – who paved the way in the pickup truck industry.

The sobering commercial, full of emotion-filled, dramatic scenes and narrated by a young boy, draws a parallel between the relationship between the Titan XD and the Detroit Three as to a child and parent. Just have a look at the video transcript:

We have all had a giant, someone who stood tall, who showed us how to be what we could become and how to get there. Who by heart or by hand, laid a path beneath our feet; whose footsteps we followed to come this far; and whose shoulders we stand upon to see how much farther we can go. To those who’ve gone before us – Chevy, Ford, Dodge – thank you. We see the way forward.

This chilling advertisement pulls at heartstrings and praises Nissan’s competitors for leading the way, only to suggest it’s time for the Titan XD to take over and lead the charge. The minute-thirty spot has certainly hit a chord with Internet viewers – the video has racked up two million views in four days.

The only other advertisement in recent memory of this caliber is Ram’s award-winning “Farmer” spot that features the legendary radio personality Paul Harvey reading his “So God Made a Farmer” speech originally spoken at the 1978 Future Farmers of America convention.

It’s refreshing to see such a humble yet awe-inspiring message from an automaker. Nissan will surely reap the benefits of the spot while earning respect from all three corners of Detroit. Nicely done, Nissan.

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Prices Released As 2016 Nissan Titan XD Goes On Sale

Prices Released As 2016 Nissan Titan XD Goes On Sale

Nissan has officially released the pricing for the all-new 2016 Titan XD as the pickup truck finally goes on sale. The truck will carry a base price of $40,290 for the Crew Cab in S trim, while the range-topping Platinum Reserve Crew Cab in 4WD starts at $60,520 before options.

"This is a big day for Nissan, our retailers and our customers – figuratively and literally – as our new ‘Every Duty’ Nissan TITAN XD powers into showrooms across the country," said Dan Mohnke, vice president of Sales & Marketing Operations for Nissan North America. “There’s never been a TITAN like this and the diesel-powered TITAN XD Crew Cab is only the beginning."

Mohnke is certainly right about this only being the beginning. The Titan XD will soon have both Extended Cab and Single Cab configurations available, with different bed lengths to match. Also on the horizon is the availability of the heavily revised 5.6-liter gasoline V-8. The gasser will become the standard engine in the Titan XD, likely lowering the base price below that of the Cummins-powered trucks.

What’s more, Nissan will soon release the standard-duty version of the Titan. The half-ton version – simply called the Titan – is said to offer three cab configurations, a V-6 powerplant, as well as the 5.6-liter V-8 as an option. It is rumored to have its own styling, separating it from the Titan XD.

Initial Titan XD trucks are limited to the Crew Cab configuration with the 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Customers can choose between 2WD and 4WD, along with five trim levels. Those include S, SV, PRO-4X (4WD only) SL, and Platinum Reserve.

Nissan is charging $1,195 for destination and handling on top the MSRP. For a full list of prices, click “continue reading.”

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Nissan Titan Gets New 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 Engine

Nissan Titan Gets New 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 Engine

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.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven

2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven

The Titan made its debut back in 2004 and hasn’t changed much since. Sure, there was a mild refresh back in 2008, but the bones remained unchanged. Nissan only offered two cab and bed configurations, one engine, and the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. That’s all changing for the 2016 model year.

Nissan has decided to expand the Titan into a pair of pickups – the regular Titan carrying the half-ton designation, and the Titan XD, a sort of go-between for customers who need the extra towing and hauling capabilities of a heavy-duty, but who don’t want to pay for 900 pound-feet of torque and a 30,000-pound tow rating. When asked to describe the new Titan XD, Richard Miller, Director of Product Planning for the truck, says to think of the Titan XD as a three-quarter ton truck from 2003. It has 500-plus pound-feet of torque and can tow roughly 12,000 pounds. That’s exactly where mainstream 2500-series trucks were at in the mid-2000s.

Miller and his design team know they’re marketing the Titan XD to a niche customer. Still, their research apparently shows there’s profit to be made in this middle ground. Helping expand the Titan’s marketability is an increased number of build configurations, trim levels, and (coming soon) engine options. No longer will the Titan be a one-size-fits-all truck. Single cabs, base trim levels, and eight-foot beds are part of the mix, as well as the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim with all the proper luxury trimmings. The combinations won’t be as extensive as those from Ford, Chevy, or Ram, but are said to cater to a much wider audience than before.

In order to find out more about the Titan XD, I took a trip to the Arizona desert just outside Scottsdale. These roads are very familiar to the Titan XD. Nissan’s R&D testing center is a two hours’ drive south and engineers spend many hours tuning the Titan XD on the six-percent grades found in the mountains outside of town.

So how’d the Titan XD stack up? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven

2016 Nissan Titan XD - Driven

The Titan made its debut back in 2004 and hasn’t changed much since. Sure, there was a mild refresh back in 2008, but the bones remained unchanged. Nissan only offered two cab and bed configurations, one engine, and the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. That’s all changing for the 2016 model year.

Nissan has decided to expand the Titan into a pair of pickups – the regular Titan carrying the half-ton designation, and the Titan XD, a sort of go-between for customers who need the extra towing and hauling capabilities of a heavy-duty, but who don’t want to pay for 900 pound-feet of torque and a 30,000-pound tow rating. When asked to describe the new Titan XD, Richard Miller, Director of Product Planning for the truck, says to think of the Titan XD as a three-quarter ton truck from 2003. It has 500-plus pound-feet of torque and can tow roughly 12,000 pounds. That’s exactly where mainstream 2500-series trucks were at in the mid-2000s.

Miller and his design team know they’re marketing the Titan XD to a niche customer. Still, their research apparently shows there’s profit to be made in this middle ground. Helping expand the Titan’s marketability is an increased number of build configurations, trim levels, and (coming soon) engine options. No longer will the Titan be a one-size-fits-all truck. Single cabs, base trim levels, and eight-foot beds are part of the mix, as well as the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim with all the proper luxury trimmings. The combinations won’t be as extensive as those from Ford, Chevy, or Ram, but are said to cater to a much wider audience than before.

In order to find out more about the Titan XD, I took a trip to the Arizona desert just outside Scottsdale. These roads are very familiar to the Titan XD. Nissan’s R&D testing center is a two hours’ drive south and engineers spend many hours tuning the Titan XD on the six-percent grades found in the mountains outside of town.

So how’d the Titan XD stack up? Keep reading to find out.

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