Similar styling but unique chassis for standard half-ton truck.
A little over a year after the Nissan Titan XD “heavy half-ton” pickup debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show, the Japanese automaker revealed the “standard” half-ton Nissan Titan pickup at the 2016 Chicago auto show this week.
“There’s a strong family resemblance between TITAN XD and the standard TITAN, with their shared rugged exterior style,” said Rich Miller, Nissan’s director of product planning for trucks, SUVs and commercial Vehicles, in a release.
Although the Titan and Titan XD share similar styling, the two pickups ride on completely different underpinnings. Where the Titan XD Crew Cab rides on a 151.6-inch wheelbase and measures 242.8 inches overall, the regular Titan Crew Cab has a 139.8-inch wheelbase and is 228.1 inches stem to stern. At 77.2 inches tall, the regular Titan is 1.5 inches shorter than the Titan XD. Both trucks measure 79.5 inches wide.
“TITAN will compete in the heart of the full-size pickup segment — the half-ton — while the TITAN XD provides a unique solution for customers by bridging the cost and capability gap between traditional half-ton and full heavy-duty pickups,” Miller said. “Together TITAN and TITAN XD will cover nearly 85 percent of the total full-size truck market.”
Although the Titan and Titan XD share the same cabs, everything under the skin is unique to each model. “The TITAN and TITAN XD do not share any common chassis components,” added Miller. “Even the lug nuts are different.”
Like the Titan XD, the standard Titan will be offered in two- or four-wheel-drive, with three cab sizes (Single Cab, King Cab, Crew Cab), and three bed lengths (5.5-, 6.5- and 8-foot). Five trim levels will be available, including S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve.
Powertrain options on the standard Nissan Titan include a yet-to-be-detailed gasoline V-6 and the automaker’s gasoline 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 engine rated 390 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission backs the V-8 engine. The base V-6 could be an updated version of the outgoing model’s 4.0-liter engine.
The 5.6-liter will be the base engine in the Titan XD, which will also be offered with a 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8, rated at 310 hp and 555 lb-ft, and mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic.
Assembled in Canton, Miss., the Nissan Titan will join the already on-sale Titan XD in dealer showrooms this summer.