Following its global debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD will be arriving at dealerships across the United States and Canada late this year. It is bound to penetrate into the highly competitive full-size pickup segment with its bold all-new design and determined performance.
The new Nissan Titan XD is engineered to deliver the towing and hauling capability of the larger heavy-duty trucks. In fact, it offers an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 lbs as well as, when properly equipped, maximum payload capacity of 2,000 lbs. Likewise, the new Titan XD is engineered to be as fuel efficient and as affordable as a half-ton pickup.
The new Titan XD will be available in any of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels. One of these cab configurations is the new Titan XD Crew Cab powered by a Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine, as shown in Detroit.
Fred Diaz, senior vice president for Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S. at Nissan North America, Inc., remarked that the full-size truck market is the toughest to crack in the entire industry, no thanks to several outstanding products. He noted that the new Nissan Titan XD is offering what rivals don’t – a marriage between outstanding towing and hauling capabilities as well as impressive fuel economy. Diaz added that the new Titan XD also offers superb levels of ride comfort and handling, as laden with features and amenities that truck owners demand.
Just like the first-generation Titan, the all-new Titan XD was a result of contributions from core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams in Arizona California, Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Titan XD is powered by an engine from Cummins Inc. Interestingly, the lead designer and around four dozen engineers for the Titan XD were also involved in the development of the original 2004 Titan.
The very first Nissan Titan made a name for its focus on consumer-related innovations like its Wide-Open rear doors, Utili-track Bed Channel System, bedside storage compartment and factory spray-on bedliner. Now, the Titan XD focuses on commercial strength components, like the radiator and the rear axle.
Diaz called the Titan XD as a truck that employs both technology and strength to make users more confident in completing their daily tasks. He remarked that around half of full-size truck owners tow more than 10 times a year, and around a quarter of them employ these vehicles to haul tools. With this in mind, Nissan engineered the toughness of the Nissan from the ground up.
The Titan XD is underpinned by a distinct frame and chassis that are capable enough to accommodate its Cummins diesel engine and its increased towing and payload potential. Derived from a durable chassis design from Nissan Commercial Vehicles, the new fully boxed, full-length ladder frame has been reinforced and strengthened just for the new Titan XD. In this application, the ladder frame boasts of increased levels of stiffness, torsional rigidity, vertical and lateral bending. The Titan XD also boasts of a wheelbase – measuring 151.6-inch wheelbase – that is around 20 inches longer than non-XD Titan models.
For optimized levels of stability, ride comfort and handling, the Titan XD is equipped with a new heavy-duty, highly stable suspension design. Up front, the Titan XD makes use of a reinforced double-wishbone (with stabilizer bar front suspension) that has been tuned for hard use. On the rear, the Titan XD features a rigid axle suspension with hefty leaf springs, large leaf bushings and twin-tube shock absorbers. Its front differential (4x4 models) measures 9.25 inches, while its rear differential measures 13.0 inches with 3.5-inch axle tubes. The new Titan XD could be availed with an Electronic Locking Rear Differential.
Employing hydraulic cab-mounts, the new XD rides on 17-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, as shod in LT245/75R17, LT275/65R18 or LT265/60R20 rubbers. Deceleration and braking are taken care of by a four-wheel disc system with 14.2 x 1.5-inch front and 14.4 x 1.2-inch rear ventilated discs, as complemented by a hydraulic power assist. An electric pump generates a high brake fluid pressure to ensure ample brake pedal force. The braking system for the new Titan XD delivers improved levels of noise and judder control.
Thanks to a re-circulating ball-type high-capacity steering system with parallel rod steering linkage, the new Titan XD offers responsive steering even when under heavy load. Compared to the previous Titan, the new Titan XD features a radiator which has a heat radiation cooling capacity that is better by 25 percent, thereby enhancing performance while making it compliant with SAE J2807. The engine capacity of the Titan XD is able to tow more than 12,000 lbs thanks to its large radiator, air transmission cooler as well as large 23.6-inch engine cooling fan.
As for the reason while the Titan XD is powered by the new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine, Diaz remarked that this mill fills the gap between more expensive big bore diesel units and less powerful smaller displacement diesel powerplant. Noting that the Titan XD is a new class of truck that demands a new class of engine, Diaz said that the new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel mill delivers more than just power and torque, as it is refined, quick-starting, responsive, quiet, lightweight and returns less emissions.
The Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine in the Titan XD marks the first commercial application of the new Cummins M2 two-stage turbo system. This system helps reduce traditional turbo-lag by precisely balancing high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. In addition, the patented Rotary Turbine Control delivers solid performance across the power band while controlling exhaust gas temperatures. The Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine also employs a Bosch HPCR fuel system for more precise fuel control. This fuel system could deliver multiple injections per combustion stroke, resulting to better levels of efficiency and reduced "diesel clatter." Moreover, the advanced Bosch ceramic glow plugs allow for quick engine starts, even during extreme low temperatures.
Moreover, the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine is designed to offer optimal levels of both power and durability as packed in a lightweight unit. Its lightweight nature was achieved by building the cylinder block from CGI (compacted graphite iron), which is considered as both lighter and stronger than traditional iron. This CGI block as well as the dual overhead camshafts help deliver superior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics. This engine also employs high-strength aluminum-alloy heads and composite valve covers. In addition, the new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine comes with an exhaust system with a particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction for cleaner operation and lower diesel noise.
These elements allow the new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine to be more capable than small displacement diesel engine units while being less costly than the large bore heavy-duty diesel powerplant. This engine is also designed to deliver a more enjoyable drive, thanks to the fact it provides around 45 percent more torque at cruising speed than similarly sized gasoline V8 mills. Furthermore, since this Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine features a low revving powerband, it lessens downshifts and helps save fuel during hauling or towing.
Diaz noted that majority of full-size pickup owners drive more than 10,000 miles a year, which means fuel economy is considered as critical in this segment. He remarked that the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine in the new Titan XD is expected to be around 20-percent more fuel efficient than a gasoline-powered V8 mills while towing full loads.
Power is sent to the wheels from the engine through a heavy-duty six-speed Aisin automatic transmission that was developed and tuned exclusively just for the new Nissan Titan XD. Aside from the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine, V8 and V6 gasoline units are also available for the new Titan XD. The off-road potential of the new Titan XD is boosted by features like Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD), Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist and. Nissan’s newest offering is provided with a new off-road gauge with accelerometer data that could calculate its pitch and roll angles.
As engineered by Nissan, the new Titan XD offers a maximum payload of more than 2,000 lbs when properly equipped. It also offers a maximum towing rating of more than 12,000 lbs. when properly equipped. Its towing capability is boosted by new available towing aids like an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and Trailer Sway Control (TSC). It also features a Trailer Light Check system that allows the driver to check turn signals, brake lights as well as running/clearance lights without having to get out of the cab.
In addition, the new Titan XD comes available with RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides as well as the Around View Monitor (AVM) that allows for "bird's eye" view of the surrounding area through front, rear and side cameras. The new Titan XD also features the Moving Object Detection (MOD) system that allows the driver to detect – through an on-screen notification and warning chime -- moving objects such as other vehicles while backing out.
Furthermore, the new Titan XD comes available with a number of hitches, like an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame. Easily accessible in the bed, a gooseneck hitch places the load in front of the rear axle for better handling control.
On the other hand, Diaz disclosed that during early trials held in Arizona, the gooseneck trailer was loaded with more than five tons, and the Titan XD was able to perform with total confidence. He added that the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD complies with the J2807 certification's standards.
Aside from RearView Monitor and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, the new Nissan Titan XD is also available with Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as well as Front and Rear Sonar System.
Nissan Design America was tasked to design the exterior and interior of the all-new Nissan Titan XD. While the original Titan was groundbreaking in terms of smart cabin and bed utility, the new Titan XD was designed to keep things simple but smarter. The exterior of the new Titan XD takes inspiration from the theme of "powerful precision tool," resulting to a bold, dominating road presence combined with a fresh yet modern technical feel. Diaz commented that designers wanted to give Titan a feeling of athletic strength, with an appearance that pays tribute to the power of its Cummins diesel engine.
Meanwhile, the profile of the Titan XD was influenced by its engine. Its extended front overhang was meant to accommodate a high performance grille, a two-battery installation as well as charged air cooler. Its aerodynamic performance is helped by a front spoiler, roof and tailgate spoilers as well as underbody covers and rear tire wind deflectors. Aerodynamics is also helped by a front tow hook hole cover as well as a seal between the cab and bed.
The new Nissan Titan XD could be specified with available LED headlights and rear lights as well as signature Daytime Running Lights. Also available are puddle lamps as well as step rails for cabin and bed entry/exit. Compared to the previous generation Titan, it takes less effort to close the doors.