Nissan Takes a Chainsaw to the Titan, Offers a Regular Cab Version

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
nissan takes a chainsaw to the titan offers a regular cab version

With so many parents using crew cab pickups as family haulers, it’s gotten to the point where a regular cab full-sizer starts to look weird. Well, Nissan has one on tap that looks weirder.

Nissan will offer a regular cab Titan and Titan XD this fall, part of its plan to flesh out the lineup to three body styles. An extended “King Cab” version will follow the “Single Cab”, which is somewhat jarring when viewed from the side.

The automaker pulled the wraps off the newest Titan member today. It’s the first full-size regular cab in Nissan’s history, and (along with the future extended cab) its purpose is to soak up more sales by covering more bases.

“Once we complete the roll-out of all (Titan) cab, bed, powertrain and grade level configurations, our all-new (Titan) family will cover about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Rich Miller, chief product specialist for Titan and Titan XD, in a release.

Nissan didn’t announce pricing, but called the new models “an affordable and rugged entry-point in the commercial fleet/work truck market.”

Regular cab Titans come with an eight-foot bed, two trim lines, and a choice of engines — a 5.6-liter gasoline V8 or the 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel V8. A V6 will follow at a later date. Gas models get a seven-speed automatic transmission, while diesel versions receive a six-speed unit. The wheelbase is about a foot shorter than Crew Cab versions.

The regular cab models look fine from the beltline on down, where the Titan’s bulging fenders add visual muscle to its flanks. The sloping roofline ends abruptly and looks a bit awkward, like a Holden Ute.

Work and fleet buyers traditionally head to the Detroit Three to meet their needs, but Nissan hopes they’ll look its way and think hmm, maybe I’ll go Japanese this time. Before the redesigned models arrived, Nissan said it wanted to sell 100,000 Titans annually.

Titan sales reached a peak of 86,945 units in 2005, but its been a steady decline since then. A post-recession peak of 23,416 units came in 2010, but last year’s total was only 12,140. May and June sales figures were well off last year’s performance, but the changeover from the previous generation to the 2017 Titan could explain that. The Titan XD bowed as a 2016 model, but was slow to reach dealer lots in significant numbers.

Regular cab Titans go on sale in late fall.

[Image: Nissan]

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  • Geo Geo on Jul 27, 2016

    It reminds me of an unhappy cat being bathed.

  • RHD RHD on Jul 29, 2016

    The fender flare reaching deep into the door is just silly. The over-chromed front end can only be attributed to trying to out-tough the American pickups by making the front even more silvery and shiny. If the price is within the economic reality of construction workers, it should sell pretty well, if Nissan can just convince them to walk into a Nissan dealership.

  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed speed!!There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents. For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and is slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin. Deja vu……
  • Michael Eck With those mods, I wonder if it's tuned...
  • Mike-NB2 I'm not a Jeep guy, but I really, really like the 1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept.