Nissan unveiled the all-new diesel powered Nissan Titan full-size pickup on Monday at the North American International Auto Show.
With the Titan XD, Nissan tries to offer a pickup truck that slots in-between full size pickup trucks and their heavy-duty versions.
“With the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, we weren’t just going for ‘best-in-class. Instead, we are offering the ‘Best New Class,” said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.
The Titan XD will be the first of the new generation of Nissan Titan models. Nissan said this truck creates a new segment of the American market. It is said to offer the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – yet with the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups.
Nissan projects the truck will go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late 2015.
Powered by a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, Nissan explained the 2016 Titan XD will offer an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped), along with towing features such as an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame.
Additional available Titan XD utility features and convenience aids are said by Nissan to include 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.
Nissan added the wide range of available interior features includes front and rear NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and a large center console designed to serve as a mobile workstation.
“The new Titan will deliver toughness, capability and quality,” said Ghosn. “In addition to a range of cab configurations, the Titan lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices. These include an all-new workhorse gasoline V8, as well as our first V6 offering in this class.”
Of course, as unfortunately usual during such presentations, Ghosn stated more details on the full Nissan TITAN lineup will be announced at a later date.
“Our growing U.S. presence is bolstering our performance and helped to make 2014 a year of significant growth for Nissan in the U.S.,” said Ghosn. “Our operations, our network of partners, and – most importantly – our products are stronger than ever. Nissan is targeting 10 percent market share in the U.S. And the all-new TITAN is a key part of our growth strategy.”
The Titan XD Crew Cab presented in Detroit is the first of three cab configurations to be offered in the near future. Nissan explained two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels will be available later in the Nissan Titan lineup.