2015/03/26 | Test drive
Nissan Titan: second act
To be polite, let's say that Nissan's first foray into the full-size pickup truck category was a bit unsuccessful.
This time Nissan thinks it has found the solution by creating the 2016 Titan. The latter intends to position itself on the market's chess board as a "powerful precision tool" (dixit Nissan) capable of pulling a maximum load of over 12,000 pounds (SAE J2807 standard), while displaying the fuel efficiency and price of half-ton trucks.
The new Titan will be offered with three cabin configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain types and five versions.
The thougher version, the XD, will be the first to be seen in dealerships in late summer. It is primarily aimed at customers who intend to use the Titan's services on a commercial basis. Designed on a single chassis - its wheelbase is 508 millimeters longer than the “standard” Titan - the Titan XD accommodates a Cummins V8 turbodiesel engine under its hood. This 5.0L engine produces 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.
This engine is also equipped with a high pressure common rail system that provides precise control of the fuel delivery. Another key advantage is that this Cummins turbo engine is made from a lighter engine block.
The V8 turbodiesel exhaust system features a particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction process that allows the engine to run cleaner and quieter.
V6 and V8 gasoline engines will also be listed in the manufacturer's catalog.