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Deep Dive: Nissan Titan XD's Cummins Turbocharger

Deep Dive: Nissan Titan XD’s Cummins Turbocharger

The new 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel inside the 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a marvel of modern engineering that features a two-stage, four-mode turbo, which reduces lag for instant torque.

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Deep Dive: Nissan Titan XD's Cummins Turbocharger

Deep Dive: Nissan Titan XD’s Cummins Turbocharger

Anticipation is growing over the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD and its all-new 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Now with the official debut at the North American International Auto Show behind it, Nissan is slowly diving into the details of what makes the truck tick. In this case, the info swirls around the innovative turbocharging system bolted to the Cummins V-8.

The animation above shows just how the airflow moves through the two-stage turbo using a patented, Holset rotary valve that controls airflow through the system. Basically the turbo uses an extra set of turbines on both the exhaust and intake sides that increase pressure, getting boost flowing to the engine at lower engine speeds. Conversely, both the exhaust and intake sides have larger, low-pressure chambers that move vast amounts of air during higher engine speeds. The larger chambers act as the main boost-generating turbines.

During low-rpm acceleration, the smaller turbines spool up quickly, providing boost while the larger turbines take over during more aggressive throttle applications. This contributes to the 5.0-liter’s impressive 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque ratings. Nissan promises the truck will have staggering towing and hauling capabilities, likely making the Titan XD the most capable half-ton truck on the market.

The turbo system includes four separate modes. They are: high-pressure turbo mode, low-pressure turbo mode, wastegate turbo mode, and regen turbo mode. Within the entire assembly, two active valve systems work to control the airflow. On the intake side, a compressor bypass valve routes air either through or around the high-pressure turbine, while the exhaust side uses the patented valve Cummins calls the “Rotary Turbine Control” valve. As its name suggests, the valve is shaped like a cylinder and rotates. The valve directs air into either the high-pressure or low-pressure turbines.

Simply put, the system works to eliminate lag associated with larger turbos while still providing the grunt that big-bore turbochargers are known for.

Click past the jump for more details on the turbo system.

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Nissan Unleashes the Diesel-Powered Titan XD

Nissan Unleashes the Diesel-Powered Titan XD

After years of being an “also-ran” in the full-size truck segment, Nissan is obviously looking to change that with the introduction of the 2016 Nissan Titan. Introduced in 2003, the first-generation Titan has been around long enough to see three generations of Ford F-150 dominate the truck market, but the all-new Titan was just introduced at the Detroit Auto Show with a bold style and a big competitive advantage — a powerful Cummins diesel engine.

Bridging the gap between heavy-duty trucks and the traditional half-ton trucks, the Cummins-powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD balances towing power and fuel economy, and while exact numbers have yet to be released, initial estimates look very competitive. Nissan says that the Titan XD will be capable of towing more than 12,000 pounds to go with a 2,000-pound payload capacity, and the truck will be able to tow with a receiver-style hitch or a gooseneck — the latter comes available as a factory-installed option.

As for the engine, the Cummins 5.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, and Nissan says that this engine will help return fuel economy that is 20-percent better than a gas V-8. Speaking of gasoline engines, the 2016 Titan will also offer gasoline V-6 and V-8 engines, but Nissan has yet to divulge any information about these powertrains. The Cummins engine is paired with a heavy-duty, six-speed automatic that was designed specifically for this application. The Titan XD also rides on a chassis that was developed for use with the Cummins V-8 using a fully boxed ladder frame for optimal strength, and it has a wheelbase that is 20 inches longer the non-diesel Titan models.

Other than its age, the biggest disadvantage that the current Titan has in the full-size truck market is the lack of options. That won’t be the case with the 2016 Titan as Nissan is promising three cab configurations (Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab), three bed lengths and even five trim levels including the range-topping Platinum Reserve. Nissan has obviously left no stone unturned with this second-gen Titan.

To prove that it is serious about catering to the needs of truck buyers, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD is snow-plow capable, and it comes with Nissan’s Around View Monitor that includes a RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides for easy trailer hook-up. Since this makes it even easier for drivers to hook the Titan up to a trailer without any additional help, Nissan has also created the innovative Trailer Light Check System that allows drivers to also check for proper light operation without requiring a second person.

Nissan also stepped up the styling of the 2016 Titan with a bold, new design. Everything from the oversized grille emblazoned with the “Titan” letters to the cargo bed were styled to give the 2016 Nissan Titan a more imposing look. The best part about the exterior design? Those big Cummins “C” logos affixed to the front fender vents. As expected, the cargo bed also has plenty of practicality with options that include an available factory spray-in bed liner, an integrated Utili-Track Bed Channel System and even bedside storage compartments – moving the built-in compartments inside the bed rather the previous model’s exterior placement.

Nissan says that the 2016 Nissan Titan will go on sale later in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

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Nissan Titan "Truckumentary" Chapter 2:" The Quarterback"

Nissan Titan "Truckumentary" Chapter 2:" The Quarterback"

The time is growing closer to Nissan’s grand unveiling of the next generation Titan pickup truck on January 12th at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In preparation for this, Nissan has been rolling out a short video series called “Truckumentary” that gives back story to the Titan’s evolution. Now Chapter two is making its rounds on the internet with only a handful of days left before the big debut.

This episode follows Rich Miller, Nissan’s director of product planning of trucks and SUVs, through his love of trucks and his role in developing the new Titan. The episode also delves into the truck’s design at the automaker’s southern California design facility and its testing regiment at its Arizona proving grounds.

Miller makes sure to mention the Titan’s U.S. roots with its 5.6-liter gasoline engine and upcoming 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine being built in the states, along with the truck’s final assembly in Canton, Mississippi. “All the aspects of this vehicle have been centered around making sure it stays right here in the U.S. because that’s where the expertise is for full size trucks,” Miller says.

Yet another key aspect of the Titan’s mark on the truck industry is its list of innovative features it brought when it debuted in 2003. Those include a ton industry “firsts” like the factory spray-in bedliner, the cargo management system, the bed-side storage box, the wide-opening rear door for extended cabs, and the dampened tailgate struts.

We suspect Nissan had better bring another list of “firsts” if it plans on competing with the established players. While offering the Cummins V-8 turbodiesel is a great start, more will be needed. Stay tuned for all the news when the 2016 Titan bows at NAIAS.

Click past the jump for more information of the upcoming Nissan Titan

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"Nissan Titan Truckumentary" Chapter 1: Video

"Nissan Titan Truckumentary" Chapter 1: Video

To understand why Nissan’s pickup trucks are considered as some of the finest in the industry, it’s important to trace back the history of the automaker’s all-wheel people haulers. That’s what Chapter 1 of the “Nissan Titan Truckumentary” wanted to highlight. For the most part, it did just that. While the focus of the multi-chapter documentary is centred on the Titan, the documentary started of talking about the lineage of Nissan’s trucks, specifically in the U.S.

Nissan Titan product planner Brent Hagan hosted the first episode, introducing us to Nissan’s humble beginnings in Smyrna, Tennessee where the first vehicles produced in the U.S. by Nissan came from. The opening of the Smyrna factory not only helped boost the economy of the rural town, but it also marked the beginning of a relationship between the American town and the Japanese automaker. It’s a relationship that has lasted to this day and is largely responsible for Nissan setting up its North America headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee.

This is all related to the Titan because if Nissan hadn’t seen the value of setting up shop in rural Tennessee, then we probably wouldn’t have the Titan, or many other Nissan models in the U.S., for that matter.

Once the company’s history in the U.S. was established, Hagan proceeded to take us on a tour of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee where some of Nissan’s most iconic trucks are displayed. This isn’t just a stroll down memory lane of some of the finest Nissan trucks in history; it’s also a reminder on how far Nissan has come from building the Job 1 Truck in 1983 all the way to the present-day Titan pickup.

In between these two models, Nissan established a reputation that continues to this day. It’s one thing for the automaker to be considered as the company that brought us the Nissan GT-R; it’s another thing to be known for building some of the best trucks in the world.

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Video: Nissan Titan Truckumentary Teaser

Video: Nissan Titan Truckumentary Teaser

The days are growing closer for Nissan’s reveal of the heavily revised second generation Titan pickup truck. Though Nissan hasn’t announced a specific date or event at which the new Titan will bow, we suspect it will be early in 2015. Nevertheless, the automaker is drumming up awareness with a series of short videos showcasing the Titan’s development and the team of people behind it.

Nissan is calling the video series the “Truckumentary” as somewhat cheesy play on words. “The ’Truckumentary is not meant to be the all-encompassing last word on Titan," said Rich Miller, Nissan’s Director of Product Planning for trucks and SUVs. "Rather it’s the continuing story of the vehicle’s evolution, accompanied by a close look at the American-based team that is bringing this all-new truck to market."

The mini-series of videos will have more than a dozen episodes set to debut throughout 2015, with the first video debuting in mid-December. The teaser video above gives a taste of what we can expect; sappy — err — heartwarming stories, mud-covered trucks, trailer towing, developmental testing, and some truck information scattered between.

TopSpeed will bring you the videos as they come, so stay tuned.

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Video: Nissan Project Titan Movie

Video: Nissan Project Titan Movie

Nissan had been preparing for this event for quite some time. You may remember the automaker’s Project Titan that used votes on Facebook to build the ultimate adventure rig. The idea was to have two U.S. military veterans and alumni of the Wounded Warrior project complete a weeklong expedition through some of Alaska’s harshest wilderness. Their mission was to complete several tasks for other veteran-centered businesses and programs.

The 21-minute short film not only follows veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon on their journey through the stunning Alaskan territory, but also through their traumatic past events in the line of duty. With Guzman suffering from a severe leg injury and McMahon battling PTSD, the two were well aware before starting this mission what its deeper meaning was — bringing awareness to and support for fellow vets who came home changed from war.

Their missions included bringing new outboard boat engines to a fellow vet who runs a fishing business especially for disabled veterans. Another was hauling firewood and a hog for roasting to a group of volunteers and veterans helping clear land for the local Elks Club. Mostly the trip was about honoring those service members currently deployed, those back home, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Follow along as the pair take the modified 2014 Nissan Titan through some of the most bone-chilling terrain south of the Arctic Circle.

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Video: Project Titan PR Film

Video: Project Titan PR Film

Remember the modified Titan pickup Nissan built using crowd sourcing in its Facebook page? If not, it centered around rising support and awareness for the Wounded Warrior project by putting two Wounded Warrior alumni veterans in the Titan and sending them on a weeklong adventure through the Alaskan wilderness while a film crew followed closely behind.

Well, the time has come for Nissan to reveal the completed project.

This video teaser shows a few snippets from the video series set to release this Veterans Day happening November 11th. The series can be viewed though Hulu, XBOX Live, and the History2 Channel.

The truck itself features a host of upgrades including a lift kit, 35-inch-tall Nitto Trail Grappler tires, an ARB front bumper, A bed topper with roof rack, and a compact off-road camping trailer wrapped in the same desert camo as the Titan. A Lowrance GPS system and a pair of Wounded Warrior-stitched seat covers help dress up the interior. A small list of changes on the engine including a cold-air intake and a reprogrammed ECU make some extra power for tackling the challenging Alaskan terrain.

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2014 Nissan "Project Titan"

2014 Nissan "Project Titan"

Nissan announced over the summer that it would commence in building its second crowdsourced vehicle, a 2014 Titan pickup. The one-off truck would be built with the help of Nissan’s 170,000 Facebook fans in preparation for an epic Alaskan adventure, led by two veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project.

The truck started life as a stock Titan, no different than one found at a local dealership and through the last several weeks, Nissan’s Facebook fans have voted on which parts to add, including wheels, tires, bumpers, mechanical modifications, interior accessories, and exterior graphics. With the truck completed, WWP Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon are setting off on a week-long adventure through the Alaskan wilderness.

Nissan is creating a video mini-series that will debut in the fall of 2014 on YouTube that documents the two veterans’ extreme journey.

While this is Nissan’s first off-road iteration of a crowdsourced vehicle, it’s the automaker’s second similar build. Back in 2012, Nissan’s Facebook fans helped build a 370Z with a twin-turbo kit, a revised and track-ready suspension kit, and a host of visual changes to attract attention.

Updated 09/08/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video revealing a series of new details on its latest Project Titan. The new video shows the Titan with new hardcore wheels, LED lights, and wrap the exterior in a bold, military inspired, custom digital camo print.

Click past the jump for more info on the Titan project

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LA Shooting Rampage: Police Mistake Toyota Tacoma for a Nissan Titan Nearly Killing Two Women

LA Shooting Rampage: Police Mistake Toyota Tacoma for a Nissan Titan Nearly Killing Two Women

Los Angeles police officers made a horrible mistake last week while they were chasing Christopher Jordan Dorner — a disgruntled ex-cop suspected of hunting down members of the LAPD and their families. According to an interview offered by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, police offers were informed that Dorner was driving a gray Nissan Titan, which is a pretty solid description.

While LAPD was running surveillance on Dorner’s house, a pickup truck was approaching and police officers opened fire. When they stopped shooting they realized their mistake: the truck was not a Nissan Titan, but rather a Toyota Tacoma and it was aqua blue, not gray. Two innocent women were victims of this incident: Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71 who were there just to deliver copies of the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD Chief said that this incident occurred because the police officers were working under "incredible tension." A total of seven officers opened fire and at the end of the shooting, cars, trees, garage doors and roofs were all full with bullet holes. Emma Hernandez was shot in her back and is expected to recover, while her daughter escaped with only minor wounds from broken glass.

LAPD stated this was just a misinterpreted situation, but for sure this excuse won’t help them when the two women will start a lawsuit against them.

We can understand confusing vehicles, but to confuse an aqua Tacoma for a grey Titan is like confusing a blue Chevy Cruze with a red Ford Taurus: it’s nearly impossible regardless of the situation. Fortunately, everyone is expected to survive, but we’re sure the city of Los Angeles will have a mighty lawsuit on its hands…

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Infiniti Giving its V-8 Engines the Axe Treatment; Nissan Could be Next

Infiniti Giving its V-8 Engines the Axe Treatment; Nissan Could be Next

Just recently, we reported that Johan de Nysschen left Audi USA to head up Infiniti, and it appears he is already making some necessary changes. According to Car Sales, Nysschen confirmed that it, like many other automakers, is heading away from V-8 engine configurations to help reduced CO2 emissions and help it meet the anticipated CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. He was quoted saying: “I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan”

This means that models like the FX50, M56, and other V-8-powered Infinitis will opt for a turbocharged or supercharged V-6 or 4-cylinder engine. Ironically enough, the sister company of Nysschen’s former employer is going the exact opposite route, cutting out its turbocharged V-8 in favor of a V-12 configuration.

It is admirable seeing luxury automakers willing to take a step forward to help meet the needs of the world, as fuel prices continue to rise. This is a sharp contrast to his former employer stance, as Volkswagen has spoken out pretty harshly against these upcoming regulations and is one of only a handful of car manufacturers that has not signed the CAFE agreement. We wonder if this was a ideological difference that helped push Nysschen away from Audi and VW.

Keep an eye out for the next generation of Infiniti cars to be lacking the all mighty Nissan 5.6-liter V-8 engine and we are now awaiting Nissan to announce a similar changeover. This would entail changes to the Nissan Titan and NV van lineups. Ford has already shown that a turbocharged V-6 engine works great in a pickup truck and we’re sure it translates well to a van too.

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2004 - 2012 Nissan Titan

2004 - 2012 Nissan Titan

In 2004, the same year as with the Armada, Nissan has brought on the market the Titan pick-up. Contested by some people, loved by others, the Titan was and still is one of the most impressive pick-ups out there. Despite the fact it is only being offered in King Cab or a Crew Cab versions, Nissan Titan has been selected as the North American Truck of the Year.

The Titan shares the same Nissan F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Armada and is being powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft torque (305 HP for models launched before 2006). Its top speed is being limited to 115 mph and offers towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped).

Nissan Titan is being offered in four trim levels: S, SV, Pro-4x, and SL, with prices for the 2012 model year starting from $29,960.

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