Next Nissan Titan Will Make Detroit Debut
July 10th, 2014 3:56 PM Share
The next-generation Nissan Titan will make its debut in Detroit, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
The next Titan is a make or break product for Nissan, which has seen its half-ton entrant fare poorly in the segment, failing to gain ground on Detroit’s trucks or the Toyota Tundra. But Nissan has invested a lot into the new Titan, from poaching Ram’s truck guru to getting a diesel V8 engine as an optional powertrain.
Published July 10th, 2014 3:56 PM
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I'll be interested to see Nissan's effort on this. An upgrade is loooonnnggg overdue. Nissan's current parts bin currently contains the makings of a pretty competitive pickup. They have a 5.6L DI V8 that puts out 400 hp and 413 ft/lbs of torque with a 7 speed auto. The new 5.0 Cummins diesel. And don't forget the 2500 and 3500 versions of the NV van, which is basically the current Titan. One has to imagine that they could enter the HD truck market fairly easily if they chose to. Just as long as the base model doesn't come with the 3.5 and a CVT. (Ha!)
At the time it was released, the Titan had the best interior room (back seat) of any crew cab (it's the reason I bought my 2004), and the engine was very sweet as well. Other ideas have since been copied by the Big Three and Toyota: bed rails etc. I later bought a 2006, which I still own. Almost 180,000 mostly trouble free miles. The exhaust manifolds may develop tiny cracks, other than that mine have been very dependable. I wouldn't buy one now, since the design is too dated, but I'll definitely check the new one out next year.
I may be in the minority here, but I still like the Titan and think the styling has aged well. Too bad the powertrain is dated and such a gas guzzler. To me the Silverado & F150 look a little dated and geriatric. The RAM looks great but still not sure about Chrysler quality. Another thing that I like about the Titan is that it seems to be the only full size truck that still has real ground clearance with the 4wd version.
If this comes out with the Cummins engine...........we could see that engine resurrect Titan just like it resurrected Dodge.