Nissan Titan Brings Diesel V8 To Light-Duty Trucks
What is it? Nissan has just taken the wraps off its totally redesigned Titan, a full-size pickup that competes with the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500. The first version to go on sale will be the XD Crew Cab, representing the most popular configuration among modern half-ton pickups. This new Titan is only the second generation of the truck, replacing a design that was launched way back in 2003.
Solidifying its work credentials, the XD is available with a goose-neck trailer hitch already attached to the frame.
Available features include a lockable storage box beneath the rear seat, additional locked storage accessible from the bed, and LED lighting on the bed rails.
A suite of safety and driver-assistance features will be offered, including Nissan’s surround-view camera system, blind-spot warning, and moving-object detection.
Both the truck itself and all three engines are made in the USA.
CR’s take: The out-going Titan was never more than an also-ran, and it had a long history of subpar reliability. The new one had better be good, because the newest Ford, GM, and Ram pickups have raised the bar—significantly. We’ll see if size matters as much as Nissan is betting it does.
When will it be available? Late 2015.