Chicago 2017: Nissan Reveals Titan King Cab Option That's Not Just For Passengers

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn

In 1977, Nissan released the revolutionary King Cab option for the Datsun 620 pickup, which opened up 10 extra inches of space behind the front row of seats for people or stuff.

Forty years later, Nissan has revealed the new King Cab for the Titan and Titan XD, joining the Crew Cab and Single Cab options to round out the product line.

Interestingly, the Titan and Titan XD King Cab is offered with a rear-seat delete option, giving extra cargo space behind the front row for the coveted work-truck market.

The Titan and Titan XD King Cabs both have 78-inch-long beds, slotting nicely between the 67 inches of the Crew Cab and the 98.5 inches of the Single Cab bed. Like the other Titans, the only engines offered are the 5.6-liter gasoline V8 in the standard Titan, and either the gas V8 or the diesel Cummins V8 in the Titan XD.

The rear-hinged rear doors open 170 degrees to allow for easy access to the second row — or to your securely stowed cargo if you opted for the second-row seat delete. This could be a great option for contractors who need secure stowage for expensive tools and equipment. When the seat is eliminated, the Titan has a flat load floor and tie down hooks on the rear wall of the cab.

The Nissan Titan and Titan XD King Cab will be available this spring. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

[Images: Nissan]

Chris Tonn
Chris Tonn

Some enthusiasts say they were born with gasoline in their veins. Chris Tonn, on the other hand, had rust flakes in his eyes nearly since birth. Living in salty Ohio and being hopelessly addicted to vintage British and Japanese steel will do that to you. His work has appeared in eBay Motors, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars, Reader's Digest, AutoGuide, Family Handyman, and Jalopnik. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, and he's currently looking for the safety glasses he just set down somewhere.

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  • Tomifobia Tomifobia on Feb 10, 2017

    "In 1977, Nissan released the revolutionary King Cab option for the Datsun 620 pickup, which opened up 10 extra inches of space behind the front row of seats for people or stuff." It was only revolutionary for small pickups. Dodge released their D-Series Club Cab model for MY1973.

    • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Feb 11, 2017

      And the 10" (if that's really how long it was) was only for stuff, no passengers. The first Datsun King Cab with actual passenger space was the 720 pickup in 1980, and that was around 18" long, same as just about every compact/midsize extended cab before or since. Dodge's '73 Club Cab was 18", long enough for two jump seats, but not enough for a full bench. Early models still had the fuel tank in the cab--something I'm pretty sure the '74+ Fords never did. Ford's SuperCab was 22" longer than the regular cab, long enough to put a full bench and advertise 6-passenger seating in a smaller-than-crew cab truck. Plus by the time they started making them, all pickup (non-chassis cab) models had moved the fuel tank under the bed.

  • INeon INeon on Feb 11, 2017

    "And the 10″ (if that’s really how long it was)" tehee

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    • INeon INeon on Feb 11, 2017

      @Drzhivago138 You're killin' me! Thanks for making a slow work morning more entertaining :D

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.