Nissan Titan Finally Gets Updated For 2016

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onJanuary 12th, 2015


So Nissan decided that walking the sidelines of the full-size truck market was no longer an option. Nissan has finally, after 10 long years, come out with an all new Titan. Designed and built in the USA, this is an American truck for America.

First up will be the Titan XD. Nissan says that it is a cross between a heavy duty and light duty pick up and you get best of both worlds. 12,000 lbs of towing and 2,000 lbs of payload with the ride of a light duty truck (when properly equipped).

The design of the truck is interesting. Apparently, the engine was designed first. It’s a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo diesel pumping out 310 hp and 555lb-ft of twist. The latter number is quite compelling. Based on the size of the engine, the rest of the truck was designed around it. Nissan says that the new Titan follows current Nissan design language and I would have to agree. It is ugly like the rest of the line up. My opinion of course. I also think it is weird to see the Cummins “C” on the side of a truck that isn’t a Ram.

Nissan really focused on making this a “Tow” truck. They use a larger full length, fully boxed, high strength steel ladder frame for toughness that improves in all aspects of bending and rigidity. Massive 14 inch brakes for stopping. A new axle from American Axle Manufacturing that comes from their commercial trucks. It also has a integrated gooseneck hitch right in the bed!

To make sure you know this is a towing vehicle, Nissan has added a bunch of available features that make it easy for one person to hook up and drive away.

Designed as a “powerful precision tool,” the new TITAN features available cutting-edge towing, utility features and convenience aids – including RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle. Also available are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and a Front and Rear Sonar System.

The truck isn’t totally ugly. It is functional and has a very strong presence. From an aerodynamic perspective, Nissan added spoiler to the roof and the bed that they say improved fuel economy by 10%. They say that LED headlights and tail-lights are available but didn’t say weather the LED headlight was the main beam (like the F-150) or DRL.

The interior is a big improvement. What is interesting is that they purposely put the shift lever on the column on the 5 seat model with the center console. The new Titan features Zero Gravity seats to keep you feeling fresh on those long drives. Materials seem better than what I remember of the old Titan.

The bed features LED cargo lighting and a new bed rail system. Standard is a spray in bedliner. I honestly don’t know why it is an option or aftermarket with other brands. The Utili-track® cargo system is an interesting proposition. What happens when the tracks get full of dirty, or worse, rocks or concrete? How do you chip out concrete from aluminium rails?

The Titan XD is expected to be release in the 3rd quarter of 2015 with the regular Titans following after that. Expect regular, King and extended cab version in both 4×2 and 4×4 versions. A V8 and V6 are expected.

Enjoy our live photos from the NAIAS happening in Detroit right now.

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