Nissan’s "right-sized" pickup

After 12 years, Nissan finally introduced a second-generation Titan pickup truck. But more than that, Nissan introduced a “right sized” model that split the difference between a half-ton and three-quarter ton. Called the Titan XD, the truck debuted for the 2016 model year and features lustworthy components like a 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel, a modern cabin, and an integrated gooseneck hitch into the cargo bed. The truck comes in Single, King, and Crew Cabs with three corresponding bed lengths. Nissan’s strategy is undercutting the competition’s three-quarter ton trucks on price, while providing more payload and towing capacity than a half-ton pickup.

While not common, this strategy has been tried before. Chevrolet offered a Silverado 1500 HD in the early 2000s, but canceled the model due to slow sales. Nissan is well aware of this and is attacking the heavy duty market from both sides – both the high-end consumer trucks with every whiz-bang feature and the fleet segment with base model, single cab pickups built for work. Regardless of trim, the Nissan Titan XD is certainly capable of work. A high-strength frame supports the all-new body and the highly anticipated 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. A heavily updated 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 comes standard. Properly equipped, the Titan XD can haul 2,920 pounds in the bed and tow 12,640 pounds via its gooseneck hitch. What’s more, Nissan’s specs are SAE J2807 compliant, meaning they are indeed true.

Update 06/20/2017: Nissan has released pricing for its late-released King Cab configuration. Check out the Prices section for the full breakdown of each Titan XD configuration.

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

  • 2016 Nissan Titan XD
  • Year:
    2016
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    390 @ 5800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    401 @ 4000
  • Energy:
    gas
  • Displacement:
    5.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    40290
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.3/10

Exterior

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There’s no denying Nissan went for a whole new look with the 2016 Titan XD. Only the corporate grille and side mirrors share any resemblance with the outgoing truck. Sculpted fenders front and rear give the truck a bold, wide stance. Both ends of the truck seem to flare out wider than the center-cab section, making it look more imposing. The huge front fascia of the Titan XD wears a chrome mesh grille the size of Texas with the “TITAN” name embossed boldly across the top.

There’s no denying Nissan went for a whole new look with the 2016 Titan

Side vents above the front tires show off what’s under the hood with either the Endurance V-8 or Cummins badge. Sadly, they don’t as functional heat extractors. Optional 17-, 18-, and 20-inch wheels are offered and are all wrapped in LT-series tires. The side running boards extend past the cab for an easy step up into the bed. Fender flares help protect the paint while adding to the truck’s bold looks.

Around back, stylized taillights add extra visual appeal while the tailgate gets a small spoiler lip up top and an accent crease along its midsection. The trailer wiring harness is located in the license plate cutout of the bumper and offers both the four- and seven-pin connections.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 151.6 inches
Length 242.9 inches
Width 79.4/80.6 inches
Height 78.7 inches
Min. ground clearance 9.3 inches (rear axle)
Angle of Approach 21.4 degrees
Angle of Departure 24.2 degrees
Breakover Angle 20.7 degrees

Interior

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Accommodations inside the Titan XD are much, much improved over the outgoing truck. The truck now enjoys a new high-end trim level called Platinum Reserve to compete with other luxo-trucks. The photo above is evidence Nissan spared no expense to make the truck competitive. Wood accents liven up the steering wheel, dashboard, and door panels while French-stitched leather graces the rest of the cabin. Two-tone leather seats with perforated and quilted seat bottoms offer heating and cooling functions. The matching two-tone dashboard features controls that radiate away from the driver in order of importance – meaning often-used controls are close at hand.

The truck now enjoys a new high-end trim level called Platinum Reserve to compete with other luxo-trucks

The center console is large enough for a 15-inch laptop while still offering cup holders for front and rear passengers. Nissan purposefully dumped the idea of a console-mounted shifter in favor of column-mounted one, freeing up valuable real estate for other items.

The driver gauge cluster takes on an upscale appearance with black background and silver dials. A five-inch information screen shows important stats on the drivetrain. A new off-road screen shows the truck’s pitch and roll angles. A 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system keeps all five passengers rocking out while Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” front seats and limo-like rear legroom keep butts and legs happy. A lockable storage box resides under the rear bench and a flat floorboard makes hauling stuff a cinch.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom – front/rear 43.5/40.4 inches
Hip room – front/rear 60.8/60.3 inches
Shoulder room – front/rear 63.3/63.6 inches

Drivetrain

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Now for the juicy stuff. Under the Titan XD’s hood is the long-awaited 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Making 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm, the oil-burner is capable of lugging around 12,640 pounds on the integrated gooseneck hitch plus the weight of the truck and its passengers in Single Cab form. It’s mated to a heavy duty six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with manual shift controls.

The Cummins V-8 makes 310 horses and 555 pound-feet and is mated to a HD six-speed transmission

This is the first application of Cummins’ M2 two-stage turbo system that helps reduce turbo lag through precise balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. A Bosch HPCR fuel system helps increase efficiency and reduces the clatter normally associated with diesel engines. A diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic converter work to keep things clean.

The engine block is formed from compacted graphite iron that is both stronger and lighter than traditional iron. Aluminum-alloy cylinder heads add strength and lightness, as do the composite valve covers. The engine employs dual overhead camshafts to operate its valvetrain for precise control.

Nissan says the engine will give owners the ability to haul more than conventional half-ton pickups can while getting superior fuel economy when not. “[The] Titan XD’s Cummins diesel is expected to provide a projected 20 percent better fuel economy than a gasoline-powered V-8 while towing full loads," says Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and U.S. Operations. Don’t expect official EPA mpg numbers, however, as the Titan XD falls above the EPA’s cutoff for GVWR. Initial reports from Motor Trend’s "Real MPG Test" show the diesel-powered Crew Cab achieving 15.8 mpg city, 20.8 mpg highway, and 17.7 mpg combined. The only other diesel pickup to score better in Motor Trend’s testing is the fuel-sipping Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

The Titan is offered in both two- and four-wheel drive with an optional electronic locking rear differential. Large 14.2-inch brake rotors and 14.4-inch rear rotors bring things to a stop, along with help from the integrated trailer brake controller on the dash. The Cummins also comes standard with an exhaust brake.

5.6-liter Endurance V-8

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Also offered in the Titan XD is a heavily revised, 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. The gasoline mill is the standard engine in the Titan XD, while acting as the optional halo engine for the standard Titan. Nissan concentrated on increasing the V-8’s performance while maintaining fuel economy. The cylinder heads now boast Nissan’s Variable Valve Event & Lift technology, otherwise known as VVEL. The system works with the dual overhead cams to precisely control the flow of air, both into and out of each cylinder.

A high compression ratio of 11.2:1, along with a new piston design, works in conjunction with the V-8’s new direct fuel injection to improve performance and efficiency. Overall, wide-open throttle performance is said to be improved, while engine knock is reduced and combustion reliability is increased.

All told, the new V-8 makes 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The V-8 will come mated to a new, seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 5.6L Endurance V-8 5.0L Cummins® V-8 TD
Horsepower 390 HP @ 5,800 RPM 310 HP @ 3,200 RPM
Torque 401 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 555 LB-FT @ 1,600 RPM
Exhaust TBA Diesel Particulate Filter and Selective Catalytic Reduction
Transmission 7-Speed Automatic Heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission
Drive Configuration Rear-wheel drive or 4WD Rear-wheel drive or 4WD

Towing and Hauling

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The Titan XD offers an in-bed gooseneck hitch

In keeping with its mission, the SV and above trim level Titan XDs will come standard with an in-bed gooseneck hitch. Nissan also offers a fifth-wheel hitch engineered to attach to the gooseneck ball mount and safety chain points. Both tow systems put the trailer’s tongue weight slightly in front of the rear axle, making it easier for the truck to handle the heavier load.

Holding up the rear axle is a heavy-duty leaf spring package with twin-tube shocks. The axle itself is by American Axle Manufacturing and is purpose-built for the Titan XD. It includes an electronic locking differential for low-traction situations on PRO-4X models. Four-wheel drive is also available and comes with a shift-on-the-fly, dash-mounted rotary knob. Front tow hooks reside under the bumper for recovering from sticky situations and the front frame is prepped for snowplow use. Speaking of the frame, the entire unit is fully boxed from bumper to bumper and offers more torsional and longitudinal rigidity than ever before. Non-XD Titans get a less beefy frame that helps save weight and cost.

Frequent towers will also love Nissan’s new trailer light check system. Simply connect the trailer wiring, press and hold the lock button on the key fob, and the truck will cycle through the brake, turn, and reverse lights while the driver observes from the rear. No more hoping the trailer lights work or asking a friend to help.

2016 Titan XD Specs

Titan XD Single Cab Titan XD Crew Cab
Wheelbase (in.) 139.8 151.6
Overall Length (in.) 231.0 242.8
Overall width (in.) 79.5 79.5
Overall height (in.) 77.2 (2WD) / 77.1 (4WD) 78.0
Bed length (ft.) 8.0 6.5
Max Payload (lbs.)* 2,910 (gas) / 2,420 (diesel) 2,590 (gas) / 2,091 (diesel)
Max Towing* 11,590 (gas) / 12,640 (diesel) 11,270 (gas) / 12,314 (diesel)
Max Tongue Weight* 1,159 (gas) / 1,264 (diesel) 1,126 (gas) / 1,231 (diesel)
Max GCWR* 17,700 (gas) / 19,450 (diesel) 17,700 (gas) / 19,450 (diesel)

* When properly equipped

Prices

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Matching the Titan XD’s “middle ground” theme, Nissan has positioned the Titan XD’s pricing to fall between the half-ton and three-quarter ton segments. Prices for the Single Cab in S trim with the gasoline V-8 starts at $31,090. At the opposing side of the spectrum is the Crew Cab Platinum Reserve with the Cummins and 4WD. Before options, it starts at $60,520. While expensive, it does undercut an equally loaded Ford F-250 Platinum’s $71,105 price. The same is true for Ram’s 2500 Limited with 4WD and the turbodiesel engine. It costs $68,070 with no other options selected. Only the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the Duramax and 4WD undercuts the Titan’s price with a $59,310 as-comparable price.

All MSRPs listed here are before Nissan’s $1,195 destination and delivery charge are added.

Titan XD S Single Cab 5.6L Gas 4x2 $31,090
Titan XD SV Single Cab 5.6L Gas 4x2 $34,990
Titan XD S Single Cab 5.6L Gas 4x4 $34,120
Titan XD SV Single Cab 5.6L Gas 4x4 $38,020
Titan XD S Single Cab 5.0L V8 Diesel 4x2 $37,140
Titan XD SV Single Cab 5.0L V8 Diesel 4x2 $41,040
Titan XD S Single Cab 5.0L V8 Diesel 4x4 $40,170
Titan XD SV Single Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x4 $44,070
Titan XD S King Cab 4x2 $33,560
Titan XD SV King Cab 4x2 $37,960
Titan XD S King Cab 4x4 $36,590
Titan XD SV King Cab 4x4 $40,990
Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 $45,440
Titan XD S King Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x2 $40,110
Titan XD SV King Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x2 $44,010
Titan XD S King Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x4 $43,640
Titan XD SV King Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x4 $46,540
Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 5.0L Diesel 4x4 $50,490
Titan XD S Crew Cab 4x2 $40,290
Titan XD SV Crew Cab 4x2 $44,060
Titan XD SL Crew Cab 4x2 $52,030
Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x2 $57,470
Titan XD S Crew Cab 4x4 $43,290
Titan XD SV Crew Cab 4x4 $47,010
Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 $50,970
Titan XD SL Crew Cab 4x4 $55,030
Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 $60,520

Competition

2015 Ford F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost

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Ford boasts some pretty impressive towing numbers in its standard F-150 when equipped with the range-topping 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. When equipped with two-wheel drive and the 3.55 axle ratio, the F-150 can tow 12,200 pounds.

When not towing the V-6 gasoline engine boasts some impressive fuel economy stats. The EPA rates the truck at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. There have been plenty of reports, however, of journalist and owners not getting nearly as good of mileage in real-world driving.

Pricing for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-150 starts at $27,715 for an XL grade truck with a single cab and eight-foot box in two-wheel drive. Opt for the high-end Limited model with all the option boxes checked, and the MSRP will shoot to $60,000 area.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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The Chevy Silverado offers 12,000 pounds of towing capacity with its 6.2-liter V-8-equipped 1500-series truck. Customers must opt for the Max Trailering Package to get hit the 12k number, however. The package includes unique suspension tuning, a larger radiator, a trailer brake controller, an automatic locking rear differential, and the upgraded 9.76-inch rear axle.

The 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful engines in its class. The Max Trailering package is only available on LT and up trim levels thanks to the premium V-8. Prices start at roughly $38,000.

Conclusion

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With three cab configurations, two frame sizes, two powertrain options, and no less than five trim level grades, the Titan XD truck lineup offers something for everybody. Those looking for a bare bones, single cab work truck can go for the S trim grade while those looking for a limo-like luxo-truck than can tow 12,300 pounds can opt for the Platinum Reserve trim. We’re very curious to see how well the Titan XD does in the market and if other truck makers try bridging the gap between half ton and heavy duty trucks.

Astute truck fans may recall General Motors’ attempt at this with the Silverado and Sierra 1500 HD series that lasted between 2001 and 2006. Slow sales proved its demise. Hopefully Nissan’s attempt is better received. Nissan should, as the Titan XD offers a better compromise between 1500-series and full-on HD trucks, tons of modern tech and safety equipment, and a striking design both inside and out that should appeal to the burly truck-drivin’ types.

Read our full driven review of the Titan XD here

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Update History

Update 08/04/2016: We’ve added photos of the Titan XD Single Cab and updated the specifications sections with towing and payload ratings.

Updated 12/22/2015: Nissan has announced pricing of the 2016 Titan XD as it goes on sale at local dealerships. For now, the truck will carry a base price of $40,290 and max out at $60,520, before options. Only diesel-powered Crew Cab models are currently available, so prices should drop once the other engine and cab options become available.

Updated 12/15/2015 Nissan has announced the details on the Titan XD’s gasoline V-8. It’s an updated version of the 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 that makes 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque thanks to updated technologies like direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

Updated 10/13/2015: We’ve added a bank of original photos of the Titan XD dressed in the PRO-4X off-road package. Enjoy!

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Press Release

The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, which made its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is set to shake up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment when it goes on sale in the United States and Canada beginning in late 2015 – with a bold all-new design that stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries.

Called the "XD," it offers the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds* and maximum payload capacity of 2,000 pounds* (when properly equipped) – yet has the fuel-efficiency* and affordability of a half-ton pickup.

The new TITAN XD Crew Cab, which was shown in Detroit with its powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels to be available in the full TITAN lineup.

"The full-size truck market is the toughest market to crack in the entire industry, with so many outstanding products available," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. "This new Nissan TITAN XD is designed to offer buyers something the others don’t – combining outstanding towing and hauling capabilities and exceptional towing and hauling fuel economy. It also offers excellent ride comfort and handling, and the features and amenities that real working truck owners want."

The all-new TITAN XD, like the first-generation Titan, was developed with core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi. The TITAN XD’s engine will be sourced from Cummins Inc. in Indiana. And, the lead designer and nearly four-dozen engineers also worked on the original 2004 TITAN development.

Built from the Work Job Up with Commercial Strength
While the original Nissan TITAN is known for its consumer-focused innovations such as the Wide-Open rear doors, bedside storage compartment, factory spray-on bedliner and Utili-track™ Bed Channel System, the next-generation starts with a focus on commercial strength components – from the radiator to the rear axle and everything in between.

"TITAN XD is a truck that uniquely utilizes both technology and strength to add confidence to the completion of everyday work tasks," said Diaz. "Half of all full-size truck owners tow more than 10 times a year, with a quarter of owners using them to haul tools, so we engineered TITAN XD’s toughness from the ground up."

Nissan TITAN XD models utilize a unique frame and chassis to handle its Cummins diesel and its expanded towing and payload potential. Starting with a durable, proven chassis design from Nissan Commercial Vehicles, the new fully boxed, full-length ladder frame is extensively reinforced and strengthened for use with the TITAN XD with added stiffness, vertical and lateral bending, and torsional rigidity. It also features an extended 151.6-inch wheelbase – about 20 inches longer than non-XD TITAN models.

To maximize stability, handling and ride comfort, TITAN XD uses a new heavy-duty, highly stable suspension design. The double-wishbone with stabilizer bar front suspension is reinforced and tuned for hard use and the rigid rear axle suspension utilizes hefty leaf springs and leaf bushings, along with twin-tube shock absorbers. The axle is a large purpose-built American Axle Manufacturing design. The rear differential measures 13.0 inches with 3.5-inch axle tubes, while the front differential (4x4 models) measures 9.25 inches. Also available is an Electronic Locking Rear Differential.

Hydraulic cab-mounts help isolate the occupants from the advanced TITAN XD chassis. The new TITAN XD rides on 17-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with LT245/75R17, LT275/65R18 or LT265/60R20 tires for strong all-weather/all surface traction.

Braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc system with 14.2 x 1.5-inch front/14.4 x 1.2-inch rear ventilated discs front and rear with hydraulic power assist. The high brake fluid pressure generated by an electric pump assists brake pedal force for a confident feel. The system is designed to provide improved noise and judder control (versus the previous generation Titan).

Responsive steering is provided by a recirculating ball-type high-capacity steering system with parallel rod steering linkage to optimize steering effort characteristics, even under heavy axle weight and towing conditions.

Even the radiator’s heat radiation cooling capacity has been increased more than 25 percent (versus the previous TITAN) to help enhance performance and meet SAE J2807 compliance. TITAN XD engine capacity meets 12,000-pound tow requirements* through use of the large radiator, air transmission cooler and large 23.6-inch engine cooling fan diameter.

Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel – Power, Durability and MPG
"A new class of truck also demands a new class of engine. Like the TITAN XD itself, the new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel fills the space between more expensive big bore diesels and less capable smaller displacement diesels," said Diaz. "And more than just power and torque, this engine is refined, starts fast and is responsive and quiet. It’s also lightweight and offers clean emissions."

The TITAN XD Cummins diesel is the first commercial application of the new Cummins M2 two-stage turbo system, which helps reduce traditional turbo-lag through precision balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. The patented Rotary Turbine Control provides solid performance across the powerband and manages exhaust gas temperatures.

The new engine also features a Bosch® HPCR fuel system to deliver precise fuel control and multiple injections per combustion stroke, which helps increase efficiency and reduce traditional "diesel clatter." And, the advanced, maintenance-free Bosch® ceramic glow plugs provide quick engine starts, even in extreme low temperatures.

Another key advantage of the new Cummins diesel design is that it provides maximum durability and power in a lightweight package. Weight was reduced by building the cylinder block out of compacted graphite iron (CGI), which is stronger and lighter than traditional iron.

Other lightweight engine components were added, including high-strength aluminum-alloy heads and composite valve covers. The CGI block, along with the dual overhead camshafts, also contributes to the engine’s excellent noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics. The new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel exhaust system has a particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction that enable the engine to run cleaner. That technology also serves a second purpose – reducing typical diesel noise.

As a result of all these advanced systems, the new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel is more capable than small displacement diesel engine offerings and less expensive than big bore heavy-duty diesels.

It is also designed to be fun to drive, with about 45 percent more torque at cruising speed than similar-sized gasoline V8 engines. And, its low revving powerband requires less downshifting and provides more confidence while towing, as well as saving fuel whether towing or carrying heavy loads.

"Since the majority of full-size pickup owners drive more than 10,000 miles a year, fuel economy is also critical. TITAN XD’s Cummins diesel is expected to provide a projected 20 percent better fuel economy* than a gasoline-powered V8 while towing full loads," said Diaz. Actual mileage figures are not yet available.

Helping handle the power and torque of the engine is a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission developed and tuned exclusively for the TITAN XD.

TITAN will also be offered with V8 and V6 gasoline engines. Details on those engines will be announced at a later date.

Durable off-road performance has also been emphasized, with features such as Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD). A new off-road gauge uses accelerometer data to calculate the vehicle’s pitch and roll angles.

Towing and Hauling – Informed and In Control
TITAN XD has a maximum payload of more than 2,000 pounds (when properly equipped) and a maximum towing rating of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped). It is also snow plow-capable.

Among the list of new available towing aids are an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from inside the TITAN cab.

Also assisting trailer hook-ups is the TITAN XD’s available RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, while the available Around View® Monitor (AVM) provides a unique "bird’s eye" view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras to help with parking and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system also includes Moving Object Detection (MOD), which helps the driver to detect moving objects such as vehicles, shopping carts or other large objects when backing out via an on-screen notification and warning chime.

Helping TITAN XD owners take advantage of its ample towing power are a range of available hitches – including an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame and easily accessible in the bed. Gooseneck hitches put the load in front of the rear axle, enhancing the ability to control the vehicle.

"In early trials held in sweltering Arizona – the testing ground for the new SAE J2807 towing standard– we put more than five tons in a gooseneck trailer and the TITAN XD performed with total confidence," explained Diaz. The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD meets the new J2807 certification’s standards.

The new TITAN XD also includes a range of available advanced driving aids in addition to RearView Monitor and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Front and Rear Sonar System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Smart Design, Smart Utility
The all-new Nissan TITAN XD exterior and interior designs were created at Nissan Design America. Where the original Titan broke new ground in terms of smart cabin and bed utility, the goal this time around was to keep things simple but smarter – making owners’ lives easier.

Inspired by a theme of "powerful precision tool," the TITAN XD exterior provides a bold, commanding presence with a fresh, modern technical feel. "The designers sought to give TITAN a feeling of athletic strength – a look that honors the power of the Cummins diesel engine," explained Diaz.

The profile of the TITAN XD, with its extended front overhang, was actually influenced by the engine, to incorporate the high performance grille, charged air cooler and two-battery installation. Aerodynamics also played a role in the exterior design, which is improved from the previous Titan and incorporates a front spoiler, roof and tailgate spoilers, front tow hook hole cover, underbody covers, rear tire wind deflectors and a seal between the cab and bed.

Available exterior features include LED headlights and taillights, signature Daytime Running Lights, puddle lamps, and step rails for cabin and bed entry/exit. Door closing effort has also been reduced (compared to the previous generation Titan).

"We see the TITAN XD as a truck with bold presence – tough enough to roll on to a job site with confidence, but refined enough for everything else," said Diaz. "And the bed, like on the original Titan, check all the boxes with user-friendly features and attention-to-detail."

TITAN’s industry-first Utili-track™ Bed Channel System continues, once again featuring four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that move and lock anywhere along the walls, bed floor and header tracks that give the user endless tie-down possibilities.

While the previous Titan offered a bedside storage compartment in the lower outside fender panels, the new TITAN XD features an available dual lockable in-bed storage boxes that sit sight-unseen at street level and can hold a wide range of essential work and recreational equipment. Unlike other pickup bed storage boxes, the TITAN XD units are accessible from inside the bed without having to remove a camper top or tonneau cover. The boxes are watertight (and drainable) and can be used as a cooler for picnics or tailgating. They are also removable for times when extra bed capacity is required.

Other TITAN XD bed features include the popular spray-on bedliner, flush-mounted LED bedrail lighting, cargo and tailgate lamps, 120-volt in-bed access and a damped tailgate that is light to lift and smoothly damped when lowering.

The all-new Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab is the first in a lineup of TITAN trucks that will be offered in Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab configurations, along with three available bed lengths.

A Big Cabin with a Bold and Commanding Presence
Trucks today are multi-functional, used as work and everyday vehicles – so the interior has to be multi-functional as well. The designers focused on enhanced utility and on making the interior easy to use through improved layout of switched, driver control and storage spaces.

Front storage has been increased 33 percent and rear storage 28 percent, for example, over the previous generation Titan. New 2nd row underseat storage includes a locking lid for added security and the integrated fold-out flat floor. The center console can hold a computer tablet with case or a 15-inch laptop.

All switches are now grouped by function type and location is based on frequency of use. Other convenient interior design features include seven assist grips, console-side map pockets, 12-volt and 120-volt power outlets (in addition to the bed), remote start with climate control function, and Rockford Fosgate premium 12-speaker audio system. The special attention to detail even includes moving the glove compartment handle to the left hand side for easier access by the driver.

The TITAN XD also features a tilt and telescoping steering column with a standard column-mounted transmission shifter lever – a move that helps increase the visibility and usability of the center stack area. This also opened up the center console for additional storage and can fit a laptop in the center console without giving up rear cupholders and 2nd row climate control vents.

The premium grade instrument panel includes a combination of analog and digital gauges, along with a 5.0-inch color display, unique diesel monitoring and maintenance displays, and 7.0-inch NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services color monitor.

As in other Nissan vehicles, the new TITAN XD offers seating that is out of this world – or at least inspired by NASA. The standard front and rear Zero Gravity seats help maximize posture positioning for enhanced comfort during long-distance driving. Heating and cooling front seats are also available, along with a choice of water-repellant fabric or durable leather-appointments. Heated front and rear seats are available in both cloth and leather trim levels.

"While worksite-tough, the interior styling also projects a premium quality and style inspired by outdoor gear such as quilted hunting jackets," said Diaz. "In the new TITAN XD, power and comfort easily co-exist."

Special attention was also paid to reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration into the cabin. TITAN XD utilizes laminated front and rear side glass, the first full-size pickup to do so. Engine noise isolation and body sealing was also improved versus the previous generation TITAN design.

Durability, Quality and Reliability
The TITAN design and engineering teams also set one other bar extremely high, what they designated as "120 percent DQR." That meant infusing the vehicle with exceptional fit and finish, top quality components inside and out, and unrelenting attention to detail – in areas that can be seen and areas that are not.

The 2016 TITAN has undergone some of the most rigorous and extensive testing of any vehicle in company history, building on the foundation established for Nissan Commercial Vehicles extended durability evaluations.

"TITAN is about one thing – getting the job done," concluded Diaz. "While dimensionally the TITAN XD will fit in most garages just like a light duty truck, it has the heart and soul of a heavy duty machine. Owners will never have to worry about having towing or hauling power in reserve – without having to pay the price in terms of drivability, fuel efficiency or affordability."

The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD will be assembled in Canton, Mississippi, with engines assembled in Indiana and Tennessee (5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel and gasoline V8 and V6 respectively). Pricing and full specifications will be announced at a later date.

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