By on January 12, 2015

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Nissan is going big with its new 2016 Titan, especially with the larger Titan XD.

The larger of the Titan’s two fully boxed frames, the XD’s 151.6-inch wheelbase is 20 inches longer than the standard Titan. The truck is powered by a 5-liter Cummins V8 capable of 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed Aisin automatic. The diesel option also helps the XD slot in between half-ton and three-quarter ton trucks, a category it will have all to itself for now. Gasoline-fueled V6 and V8 engines are on the cards for a later date.

Towing capacity is an SAE J2807-certified 12,000 lbs when properly equipped, while the max payload is 2,000 lbs. Towing is handled with an integrated brake controller, trailer sway and downhill speed controls, and a lighting system check. The XD can also be had with an electronic locking rear differential.

The Titan will come in three cab configurations, five trim levels, and the aforementioned two frames and three powertrain options. Other features include: 12-volt and 120-volt power outlets; blind-spot warning; front and rear sonar; fold-out rear floor; lockable storage under the rear seat; and a 7-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect. No price has been announced thus far.


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59 Comments on “NAIAS 2015: 2016 Nissan Titan XD Revealed...”


  • avatar

    I was starting to miss the Equator.

  • avatar
    RHD

    Why does the wall behind it say “2004 Titan”?

    It looks like a Ford, with Nissan headlights. Oh, well, no harm in copying a winner.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    It’s looking more than a little prior-gen F-150 up in here. I like the interior on the upgraded model, whatever that’s called. But the basic one looks too Altima-y.

    (Edit: The name Platinum Reserve sounds like a beer that’s putting on heirs. Dislike.)

    But still, if you want a prior generation Ford after they start doing the aluminum ones, here you go!

  • avatar
    danio3834

    The cab appears directly cribbed from Ram, probably for aero reasons. The rest of it should fit in with the Big Truck Truckin’ crowd and snag a few buyers by virtue of being new and somewhat different.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Really I see current all-new F150 in the cab sheetmetal. I was going to tease that Ford stole the Ferrari Enzo front for the GT concept and Nissan cribbed from Ford for trucks.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        Agreed that the front sheet metal follows the current F-150 design. The actual cab portion looks like Ram to me. There’s definitely a conglomeration of themes from the current crop of trucks in this thing.

    • 0 avatar
      86er

      Oh it’s shameless cribbing of Ford and Ram design cues but whaddya gonna do? At any rate this is Nissan’s attempt to say “we’re [belatedly] with it now” and also see if anyone follows them down the in-between 1500 and 2500 categories rabbit hole. I personally doubt it; I think this is more for their purposes, dipping a toe into the segment.

      Didn’t Fred Diaz move over there from Dodge/Ram?

  • avatar
    crtfour

    A Platinum trim level…..how original.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Will be interesting to see the diesel pricing and how this plays out vs $2 gasoline. That Cummins 5L is a sweet spot for a heavy half or junior HD. I assume they’ve also got a decent size rear axle now, that was an issue in the original Titan.

  • avatar
    jjster6

    Diesel engine (read $6000 option) to tow 12,000 pounds. And Nissan thinks Titan will go from 1% to 5% market share? I think they better prey they hold on to that 1%. Try again in 10 years at the next redesign.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I had not considered the price jump for the diesel engine. Though from what I have read, people are/were happy with the 5.6.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      They’re banking on the Cummins name bringing some people over from Ram.

      • 0 avatar
        greaseyknight

        Bingo, it was common knowledge back when Dodge first introduced Cummins engines in their truck, people were buying the engine, and a Dodge truck happened to come with it. No idea if that will be true with the Titan. If I was in the market for that type of truck, I’d probably prefer the Cummins V8 over an Italian V6.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @greaseyknight – the Ecodiesel in the Ram 1500 is a good match for that truck since it has sh!tty cargo ratings and moderately fine tow ratings.

          This truck will hurt Ram more than Ford or GM. Both Ford and GM make 1/2 ton trucks with max tow/haul packages that would be on par with this truck. Fleets aren’t going to pay an extra 6k for a diesel.

          Guys buying 1 ton HD’s to tow 10k trailers will flock to this truck (assuming that they don’t bleed blue, goat pee or bowtie yellow.)

          This truck is Fred Diaz’s revenge play at Ram. This engine was slated for the Ram 1500. Bailout #2 and Fiat killed that plan and most likely contributed to Diaz getting the ax.

          • 0 avatar
            SC5door

            Chrysler rejected the Cummins because of fuel economy reasons. Also it’s noted that Nissan needed to extend the front end of this Titan model in order to fit the cooling requirements of the engine, which the Ram guys didn’t.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    So this would go right up against an F-150 SuperCrew/6.5′ box with the HD Payload Package, I assume? Interesting, and I think it goes without saying that it’s great to see something new from Nissan in the truck department.

    EDIT: And what’s this I see? Three cabs? Gee, something tells me “regular cab” won’t be one of them unless Nissan really wants to try to take on Ford in the fleet business.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Drzhivago138 – regular cab is an option.

      This truck will appeal to those who want a max cargo 1/2 ton with a diesel or who don’t need a 800 lb ft 1 ton diesel.

      The Ecodiesel is not available in a regular cab.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        Sorry, are we talking about the same thing? Ram’s Build Your Own says I can get a Ram 1500 regular cab with the EcoDiesel, but I was talking about the Titan XD.
        Nissan has previously not offered a regular cab on the Titan, so I assumed it stood to reason that their three cabs would be a King Cab or other extended cab, a crew cab, and some form of Mega Cab. Is there information elsewhere that I’m not getting?

  • avatar
    Hummer

    So 1500HD?
    I want to be extremely giddy, but I know when the gasser info is released its going to have the letters (D)OHC next to it.
    Best case scenario is this causes GM to reintroduce a 1500 HD with a new non-current bigger engine choice.

    The looks are slowly growing on me, it looks like the all-new F-150, very similar to it infact. Though I don’t much care for the front end, it seems very thin, vertically, in relation to the body. I do like it, the diesel isn’t something I’d look at though, with the big 3 diesels closing in on 900 lb-ft torque and a large market availible to delete EGR, AFM, etc, on those trucks, this simply can’t compete. It will be too expensive to be marketed as a economy motor, but too small to be marketed to the heavy haulers, it would however be the perfect engine to do swaps with, if it weren’t drowned in EPA mess.
    Basically what the market needs is another BB gasser, diesels that can tow are a 6-10k option, and making a BB option for 2k or so that could do 90% of that work would be amazing. I don’t expect a BB engine from any of these Japanese brands, but a smaller 6-7L engine would be a good start.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      The GM 1500HD in the early 2000s was just a non-HD 2500 with a different badge.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        The 2500 used the same fame as the 1500HD? I’m pretty sure they were different, could be wrong.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Really, my only rationale for the 1500HD and 2500 non-HD being identical is that the 1500HD was available only as a crew cab/6.5′ bed, while the 2500 was available as a regular cab, ext cab/6.5′ bed and ext cab/8′ bed. Essentially everything but a crew cab/6.5′ bed. And the only year that the 1500HD wasn’t available (2004), the 2500 non-HD was suddenly available as a crew cab/6.5′ bed. Coincidence? Maybe, since I don’t claim to be an expert, but Occam’s Razor says that the simplest answer tends to be the right one.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      I think Ram already makes what you’re looking for. The truck spec 6.4 Hemi makes more power than any big block ever factory-installed in a pickup and more torque than any of them except for the very last Vortec 8100. And it’s got a lot of torque still to be unlocked; the car variant of the same engine trashes the 8100’s torque figure. And, just for you, it avoids those evil overhead cams.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Interesting move for Nissan to try to slot this between conventional truck classes.

    With the Cummins diesel, I am curious why they didn’t just make a 2500 truck.

  • avatar
    Turbo Is Black Magic

    This is a whole new level of ugly truck.

  • avatar
    86er

    E for Effort.

    This is really more of a shot across the bow of Toyota than anyone.

    On paper, bringing the well-regarded Cummins name down to the 1500-level makes sense, and gives them an entree if they decide to dip a toe into the 2500 field.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    It looks like a Ram got raped by an F-150. But there’s no shame in Nissan’s game here. It’s just crazy they didn’t do it much sooner. And am I hearing correct, there’ll be Titan regular cab V6 fleet specials?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Based on looks alone, I like this Titan. The grill isn’t quite as pretentious as most of the others and the overall look is simply smoother, implying better aerodynamics even if such implication isn’t realized. On the other hand, it is a full sized truck and as such is much too big for my needs.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    U-G-L-Y

  • avatar
    NN

    Looks like a Chinese knockoff of the F-150 or a cartoon of what Americans want, like the infamous Canyonero. “XD PLATINUM RESERVE, bro!” 35 feet long, 20 sq ft of chrome on the grill, flares and lumpiness everywhere, 5.0L Cummins diesel, 20 more sq feet of chrome on tailgate. They should put a smoke stack in the bed, put much bigger Nissan badges on it, make huge hairy truck nuts hanging off the tow hitch standard, then it might grab a full percentage point of the market.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
      smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..

      Canyonero! Canyonero!

      Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
      It’s the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!

      Canyonero! (Yah!) Canyonero!
      [Krusty:] Hey Hey

      The Federal Highway comission has ruled the
      Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.

      Canyonero!

      12 yards long, 2 lanes wide,
      65 tons of American Pride!

      Canyonero! Canyonero!

      Top of the line in utility sports,
      Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!

      Canyonero! Canyonero! (Yah!)

      She blinds everybody with her super high beams,
      She’s a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!

      Canyonero!-oh woah, Canyonero! (Yah!)

      Drive Canyonero!

      Woah Canyonero!

      Woah!

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Is “XD Platinum Reserve” really any different from “Laramie Longhorn,” “Lariat King Ranch,” or “Silverado High Country?” And the domestics at those high trim levels have just as much chrome. Same exact game. Apparently pickup buyers think “the gaudier, the better.” Can’t blame Nissan for playing.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    This is a great move by Nissan.

    Nissan can’t lose out, how much lower could the Titan have got?

    Take some of the lighter heavy duties sales away from the Big 2 and FCA.

    The point regarding the additional cost of the XD package (diesel); isn’t just the engine. How much more is that gearbox and diff worth?

    A few grand?

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      XD gets a different frame too. Pricing will be key for the new Titan’s prospects. If Nissan can keep a 4×4 crew cab XD diesel to $50k, they should be fine. $55 or 60k and everyone will just buy domestic.

    • 0 avatar

      Big Al do you think this, or variations of it, are likely to be available down under?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Big Al from Oz – I think that this truck is aimed more at Ram than Ford or GM. Ram’s 1500’s are too light duty. Even the Ram 2500’s with coils have lost some cargo ratings.

      it is a brilliant move by Diaz to target the max cargo/max tow 1500/light 3/4 ton overlap.

      Diaz was Ram’s boss and I bet he has an ax to grind. This is his ax and Ram is his chopping block.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Yeah, just what we need, more four door pickups.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    This is a nice looking copy of an F-150. When you can’t beat them join them. Maybe they should rename it the N-150 (Nissan 150).

  • avatar
    nrd515

    I like it’s ok, except for the shnozz on it. Just ruins it.

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