Drivetrain: An all-new 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V8 makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque; a six-speed automatic transmission sends that torque to the rear or to all four wheels.
It took a while — 12 years to be exact — but Nissan has finally come out with a second-generation Tennessee-built Titan pickup that will duke it out with the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and the related Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. These trucks represent pretty formidable competition and the Titan would appear to have plenty of terra firma to make up. Likely for that reason, Nissan is initially only sending out the strongest and best-equipped Titan. The XD crew cab has a 5.0-liter V8 supplied by Cummins that’s rated at 310 horsepower, but, more importantly, a stump-pulling 550 pound-feet of torque and will be paired with a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. Thus equipped, the Titan will offer up to 2,000 pounds of payload capacity and 12,000 pounds maximum towing. By spring of 2016, the crew cab will be joined by both regular- and extended-cab Titans that can be ordered with V6 or V8 gasoline engines. All-wheel-drive will be optional in the XD, as it probably will be in extended-cab gas V8 units when they come to market. The list of available features includes a trailer brake and sway control systems that steady what you’re towing when headed downhill and when confronting crosswinds. There’s also rearview monitor with trailer guides as well as an around-view monitor that shows front, rear and side views, all at the same time. “Moving Object Detection” warns of large objects in front or in back when the Titan is running and the transmission is in gear. Ultimately, with S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve models available, buyers will have plenty to choose from, even before the remaining lineup members show up for duty.
Base price (incl. destination): $45,000 (est.)
Type: Four-door full-size pickup
Base engine (hp): 5.0-liter DOHC V8, turbo-diesel (310)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/highway): 17/26, (est.)
Weight (lb.): 4,650