Friday, September 11, 2015


The hold up is over – Nissan has at long last acquainted a second era with its full-sized Titan pickup truck. New for 2016, the truck overcomes any issues between half-ton pickups and their substantial obligation partners. A high-quality edge underpins an all-new body and the profoundly expected 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. This denote the first real overhaul to the Titan pickup since its starting introduction in 2004. Little changes to the inside and a slight restyling of the outside have kept the truck from complete stagnation. Something else, the Titan's original soldiered during a time about unaltered. 

The Nissan is all-new starting from the earliest stage. It will be offered as both the general Titan and the more hearty Titan XD. While both trucks will ostensibly have a striking resemblance, the Titan XD will come prepared to tow more than 12,000 pounds and pull more than 2,000 pounds in its bed. In spite of the fact that the official numbers haven't been discharged, Nissan says the truck will agree to the new SAE J2807 towing principles. That implies the tuck will be ensured to pull and tow those sums. 

The standard Titan will be offered with a V-6 and V-8 gas motor. Nissan has yet to discharge any data on those two motors, yet we can suspect the automaker is focusing on mileage with the V-6 and mid-reach towing execution with the V-8.

The new Titan XD offers a host of convenience upgrades as well. Nissan’s fantastic Around View Monitor system is included, along with a unique in-bed, removable storage system, and a cabin with expanded storage spots and ergonomic controls.                                                                              There’s no denying Nissan went for a whole new look with the 2016 Titan. Only the corporate grille and side mirrors share any resemblance with the outgoing truck. Sculpted fenders front and rear give the truck a bold, wide stance. Both ends of the truck seem to flair out wider than the center-cab Accommodations inside the Titan XD are much, much improved over the outgoing truck. The truck now enjoys a new high-end trim level called Platinum Reserve to compete with other luxo-trucks. The photo above is evidence Nissan spared no expense to make the truck competitive. Wood accents liven up the steering wheel, dashboard, and door panels while French-stitched leather graces the rest of the cabin. Two-tone leather seats with perforated and quilted seat bottoms offer heating and cooling functions. The matching two-tone dashboard features controls that radiate away from the driver in order of importance – meaning often-used controls are close at hand.

The truck now enjoys a new high-end trim level called Platinum Reserve to compete with other luxo-trucks

The center console is large enough for a 15-inch laptop while still offering cup holders for front and rear passengers. Nissan purposefully dumped the idea of a console-mounted shifter in favor of column-mounted one, freeing up valuable real estate for other items.

The driver gauge cluster takes on an upscale appearance with black background and silver dials. A five-inch information screen shows important stats on the drivetrain. A new off-road screen shows the truck’s pitch and roll angles. A 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system keeps all five passengers rocking out while Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” front seats and limo-like rear legroom keep butts and legs happy. A lockable storage box resides under the rear bench and a flat floorboard makes hauling stuff a cinch.

Headroom – front/rear 43.5/40.4 inches,Hip room – front/rear 60.8/60.3 inches ,Shoulder room – front/rear 63.3/63.6 inchessection, making it look all the more forcing. The gigantic front belt of the Titan XD wears a chrome network grille the span of Texas with the "TITAN"  name embossed boldly across the top.   

There’s no denying Nissan went for a whole new look with the 2016 Titan

Side vents above the front tires show off what’s under the hood and likely act as functional heat extractors. Optional 17-, 18-, and 20-inch wheels are offered and are all wrapped in LT-series tires. The side running boards extend past the cab for an easy step up into the bed. Fender flares help protect the paint while adding to the truck’s bold looks.

Around back, stylized taillights add extra visual appeal while the tailgate gets a small spoiler lip up top and an accent crease along its mid section. The trailer wiring harness is located in the license plate cutout of the bumper and offers both the four- and seven-pin connections.

Wheelbase 151.6 inches
Length 242.9 inches
Width 79.4/80.6 inches
Height 78.7 inches
Min. ground clearance 9.3 inches (rear axle)
Angle of Approach 21.4 degrees
Angle of Departure 24.2 degrees
Breakover Angle 20.7 degrees
Now for the juicy stuff. Under the Titan XD’s hood is the long-awaited 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Making 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm, the oil-burner is capable of lugging around more than 12,000 pounds on the integrated gooseneck hitch plus the weight of the truck and its passengers. It’s mated to a heavy duty six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with manual shift controls.

The Cummins V-8 makes 310 horses and 555 pound-feet and is mated to a HD Six-speed transmission

This is the first application of Cummins’ M2 two-stage turbo system that helps reduce turbo lag through precise balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. A Bosch HPCR fuel system helps increase efficiency and reduces the clatter normally associated with diesel engines. A diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic converter work to keep things clean.

The engine block is formed from compacted graphite iron that is both stronger and lighter than traditional iron. Aluminum-alloy cylinder heads add strength and lightness, as do the composite valve covers. The engine employs dual overhead camshafts to operate its valvetrain for precise control.

Nissan says the engine will give owners the ability to haul more than conventional half-ton pickups can while getting superior fuel economy when not. “[The] Titan XD’s Cummins diesel is expected to provide a projected 20 percent better fuel economy than a gasoline-powered V-8 while towing full loads," says Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and U.S. Operations.

The Titan is offered in both two- and four-wheel drive with an optional electronic locking rear differential. Large 14.2-inch brake rotors and 14.4-inch rear rotors bring things to a stop, along with help from the integrated trailer brake controller on the dash.

Engine Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel V8 with Holset M2 two-stage turbo system
Horsepower 310 HP  3,200 RPM
Torque 555 LB-FT  1,600 RPM
Exhaust Diesel Particulate Filter and Selective Catalytic Reduction
Transmission Heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission
Drive Configuration Rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive,In keeping with its mission, the Titan XD offers an in-bed gooseneck hitch option like many of the heavy duty trucks do. That puts the trailer’s tongue weight in front of the rear axle, making it easier for the truck to handle the heavier load. Holding up the rear axle is a heavy-duty leaf spring package with twin-tube shocks. The axle itself is by American Axle Manufacturing and is purpose-built for the Titan XD. It includes an electronic locking differential for low-traction situations. Four-wheel drive is also available and comes with a shift-on-the-fly, dash-mounted rotary knob. Front tow hooks reside under the bumper for recovering from sticky situations and the front frame is prepped for snowplow use.

Speaking of the frame, the entire unit is fully boxed from bumper to bumper and offers more torsional and longitudinal rigidity than ever before. Non-XD Titan get a less beefy frame that helps save weight and cost.Nissan has not released pricing information on either the standard Titan or the Titan XD. Expect the Titan to compete closely in price with offering from Chevy, Ford, and Ram while the Titan XD will be priced somewhere between the half ton and heavy duty categories.Ford boasts some pretty impressive towing numbers in its standard F-150 when equipped with the range-topping 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. When equipped with two-wheel drive and the 3.55 axle ratio, the F-150 can two 12,200 pounds.

When not towing the V-6 gasoline engine boasts some impressive fuel economy stats. The EPA rates the truck at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. There have been plenty of reports, however, of journalist and owners not getting nearly as good of mileage in real-world driving.

Pricing for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-150 starts at $27,700 to $27,720  for an XL grade truck with a single cab and eight-foot box in two-wheel drive.

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