With the arrival of the new of the all-new flagship XD model of Nissan’s re-imagined Titan family of pickups on dealer lots, Nissan took the opportunity at the Chicago Auto Show to release some limited details and a few photos of the upcoming companion standard half-ton (aka full-size) version of Titan.
“There’s a strong family resemblance between Titan XD and the standard Titan, with their shared rugged exterior style,” said Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning for Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. and Chief Product Specialist for Titan and Titan XD.
“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.”
According to information provided, the new half-ton 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,” added Miller. “Even the lug nuts are different.”
The half-ton Titan will be available in 4×2 or 4×4 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 – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve.
Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine, capable of 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, will power half-ton Titan. This engine will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. A V6 gasoline engine for the half-ton Titan will also be available (details to be announced at a later date).
The 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine and 7-speed automatic transmission will also be available on all of the trim levels of the all-new Titan XD pickup truck later this year and is also the designated power train for the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV that is scheduled to go on sale this summer.
There is still member of the Nissan family of pickups missing – the mid-size Frontier. According to sources, given the level of resources engaged in getting the all-new lineup for Titan XD and the new standard Titan to market, we should not expect to see an all-new Frontier until the middle of 2017 probably badged as a 2018 model.