Titans from Nissan will fight for your attention
Nissan is turning its attention to the upcoming "standard" (half-ton) version of Titan at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Titan will compete in the heart of the full-size pickup segment – the half- ton – while the Titan XD provides a unique solution for customers by bridging the cost and capability gap between traditional half-ton and full heavy-duty pickups. Together Titan and Titan XD will cover nearly 85 percent of the total full-size truck market.
Titan is built on a separate chassis from Titan XD, and is approximately 228.1 inches long (14.7 inches less than XD) and 79.5 inches wide (same as XD), with the cab size shared between the two vehicles. The Titan and Titan XD do not share any common chassis components and even the lug nuts are different. The Nissan Titan will be assembled in Canton, Mississippi with the 5.6-liter V8 gasoline assembled in Decherd, Tennessee. The truck goes on sale in summer 2016.
Titan will be available in 4x2 or 4x4 drive configurations with three cabin configurations – Crew Cab, King Cab and Single cab – and three bed lengths – 5.5, 6.5 and 8 feet. Similar to Titan XD, Titan will be available in five trim levels. The Titan will be powered by Nissan's 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine capable of 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. A V6 gasoline engine will also be available.
Despite the difference in size, the two trucks look very similar with their big mesh grilles, headlights, and front fascias having a distinct resemblance. The standard Titan is smaller in profile, but the styling is still largely the same. Both models have the same width, though, and the cab sizes are also identical, so occupants shouldn't feel cramped. Both models will find their audience, no doubt about it, the only question is which one to choose because you can't miss whatever your choice. ■