Set up to show off every aspect of the new Titan XD’s features and abilities, the undeveloped area outside of Scottsdale, Arizona provided a perfect area. It included a nvariety of terrains as well as being a distance from town to allow for highway driving to get there. The 2016 Titan XD is an all-new pickup, not quite a heavy-duty but much more than a regular size.
It is difficult to focus on any one detail of the test-drive experience, since what makes the Titan so extraordinary is the whole package. Driving from the hotel out to the site included city streets with signs, traffic signals, turns and plenty of traffic. The populated area ended rather abruptly and the highway opened up offering views of desert-like stretches broken by occasional hills and curves. Nissan borrowed technology from NASA for their Zero-gravity seats, which reduce driver fatigue. It is not so much an issue of extreme comfort, but one of being unaware of discomfort, even after a lengthy time behind the wheel.
A group of automotive journalists were invited to Scottsdale to preview and test-drive the new XD model Titan by Nissan. It was powered by a new 5.0-liter diesel engine designed exclusively for the XD. The Cummins Diesel engine is powerful, with 310 horsepower and 555 lb/ft torque. This truck can definitely work hard, but still provides comfort for everyday driving.
What sets the Titan XD apart is the newly defined category it inhabits. A full-size pickup with increased power and capabilities, the XD fits in between the half ton and ¾ ton categories. Many buyers go back and forth, unable to settle on a half ton because it isn’t quite as powerful as they want, but finding the ¾ ton to be more than they want in cost, size and power. The Titan XD can be the answer for many of these people. It offers a maximum towing capacity of more than12,000 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 2,000 pounds, but has the advantage of size and fuel economy more like a half ton pick-up.
Features that add to the appeal of the Titan include the same Wide-Open rear doors as the regular-sized Titan, bedside storage compartment and Utili-track Bed Channel System. Running boards extend past the rear door to the front of the bed for access to the bed of the truck. These features and many more were on display or put to the test at the event. The back-up camera, designed for towing, eliminates the need for a spotter. The trailer hitch and the trailer tongue are clearly visible and easy to line up for connection. With a trailer light check, trailer sway control and down hill speed control, even the most nervous driver can tow with ease and confidence.
The Titan XD comes in three trim levels: the S, starting at $40,290; the SV, starting at 44,060; and the PRO-4X, starting at $50,970. There are a few option packages offered, giving the customer a better opportunity to find just the “right” truck for them.