Competition is fierce in the world of full-size pickup trucks, but Nissan has already planned several ways to set its newest Titan apart. Company President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn recently explained, “With the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, we weren’t just going for ‘best-in-class.’ Instead, we are offering the ‘Best New Class.'”
Nissan’s newest truck caters to a wider range of buyers, with towing capabilities typically seen in larger heavy-duty trucks along with fuel economy ratings and prices commonly associated with lighter trucks. The XD will be the first new model in the Titan series, and Nissan is intent on separating it from close competitors such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Toyota Tundra with numerous interior and exterior features. Here’s a closer look at what makes the TITAN XD so appealing.
Engine and Performance
The XD will be powered by an innovative Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel engine with a 310-horsepower rating and 555 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers a 3.0L turbo diesel V6 engine with 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet. A sturdy new transfer case promotes maximum power distribution in any gear by pushing torque into both axles, which in turn ensures four-wheel-drive capability in all types of weather. Other highlights include a new AISIN six-speed transmission and heavy-duty 14-inch brakes with adequate ventilation and stopping power even under heavy loads.
Along with a towing capacity greater than 12,000 pounds, the XD has a gooseneck hitch built into its frame for added stability. The ultimate goal was to create a truck with robust towing capacity without compromising fuel consumption or performance, prompting Nissan to construct a larger and more rugged chassis than ever before. A redesigned double wishbone suspension promotes better handling and comfort, while larger leaf springs and overhauled leaf bushings make the rear much stiffer and sturdier.
Customers will be able to choose from five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Platinum, and the PRO-4X for serious off-roading. There will be regular, extended, and crew cabs. Nissan opted to keep the design relatively simple yet modern, with a generously sized center console, column shifter, and an available touchscreen infotainment system. User-friendly buttons and controls promise stress-free operation. The ultra-comfy front seats will be covered in a supportive leather material. An optional front seat can expand to fit six. There’s also a false flat-floor for lockable storage underneath the rear seats.
An innovative new cargo system offers something for every job. One example is durable aluminum alloy cleats that move and lock nearly anywhere along the walls, bed floor, and header tracks. There is also flush-mounted LED lighting for exceptional visibility even in the dark, along with lockable in-bed storage. The truck also comes with built-in boxes, a feature that often costs extra on its competitors.
The XD boasts numerous standard and optional features. Projector headlights, standard daytime running lights in front, and LED taillights in the back are just a few examples. Other available features include a rearview monitor with guides for trailers and an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD). A convenient trailer light check system enables a one-person hook-up operation that includes checking turn signals, brake lights, and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle. Blind spot warning and front and rear sonar systems are also available.
The all-new Nissan Titan faces some very stiff competition. However, Nissan has shown that it’s ready and determined to compete with the best. Between its more powerful engine, enhanced towing capacity, and a refreshed interior, the TITAN seamlessly mixes business with pleasure. The truck is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealerships later this year.