Posted: January 23, 2015
Nissan’s 2016 Titan XD Ready To Hit The Truck Market
The Titan XD's capacities are greater than a standard 1/2-ton truck, but isn't a 3/4 tonBy TTM Staff
The long expected release of Nissan's new full-size Titan pickup truck is the talk of the light-duty pickup truck market. The XD is positioned in the market with more capability than a 1/2-ton Ford or Chevrolet pickup in its class. Although the 2016 Nissan XD is a heavier duty version of the standard Titan pickup, it is not a 3/4-ton model. With the 5.0-liter V8 Cummins turbo engine however, this heavier duty pickup can tow up to 12,000 pounds and has a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds.
The Cummins diesel engine makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, making this a worthy contender in the full-size truck market. It's backed by a Aisin six-speed automatic transmission that was exclusively tuned for the XD. Nissan has also announced that the standard Titan pickup, will also be available with a V6 and V8 gasoline engines as well, but the company hasn't stated what those engines would be at this time.
Available in Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab configurations, the Titan XD is ready to be used as a work truck, and debuted with a 6.5-foot bed in Detroit. According to Nissan, the XD will also be available as a work-truck model with base interior and exterior trim, but traditional Nissan trim models (Pro-4X, and new Platinum Reserve) will be available on the XD.
Chassis & Suspension
With a strengthened chassis, the Nissan XD has a 151.6-inch wheelbase, which is approximately 20 inches longer than non-XD TITAN models. Nissan also had to upgrade the Titan's suspension and utilized the standard double-wishbone, but it is reinforced for heavy-duty use and features twin-tube shock absorbers. The rear uses heavy-duty leaf springs and bushings and hydraulic cab mounts help isolate road vibrations. The XD will come with 17-inch wheels as standard, but will also be available with 18 and 20 inch aluminum alloy wheels. Because the truck is intended as a working vehicle, Nissan engineers added Wide-Open rear doors as well as a bedside storage compartment. The bed will come with a factory spray-on bedliner and a Utili- track Bed Channel System.
Nissan was quick to point out that the 2016 Titan XD meets J2807 certification towing standards. Aside from this, Nissan engineers also added an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation. This unique feature allows the driver to check turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from inside the cab.
The XD will also be available with a rear view monitor, trailer guides and Around View® Monitor. This gives the driver a complete view around the vehicle for easy parking, backing up and pulling out of tight spaces. Available systems also include Moving Object Detection (MOD), which helps the driver to detect moving objects such as vehicles, shopping carts or other large objects when backing out via an on-screen notification and warning chime.
With an sleek and stylish appearance, the Nissan Titan XD will definitely turn heads. LED headlamps and available running lamps give the truck modern elements, and a luxurious interior are all part of Nissan's new attention to being a player in the light-duty pickup market. According to Nissan, the 2016 XD will be available late 2015, and truck accessory manufacturers will be quick to start designing aftermarket accessories that will allow customers to personalize and outfit these vehicles to fit their lifestyles and/or work environment.
The interior of the Titan XD is spacious, luxurious and has a host of features that make it functional as well as work-ready.
Because high-end trim levels have been popular at dealerships over the past two years, the Titan XD will also be available in a Platinum Reserve model.