Nissan to unveil next-gen Titan at Detroit Auto Show in January 2015

Article by Christian A., on December 23, 2014

Nissan Motor Corp. will unveil a new version of the Titan full-size pickup next month at the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show. Nissan and Cummins Inc. have confirmed that the new Titan could be availed with a Cummins-built 5.0-liter turbodiesel V-8 – providing at least 300 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque -- as an option.

As shown by spy photos, the second-generation Titan seems to feature larger headlights located on the lower part of the front fenders; a big-rig style and a larger grille.

In July, Automotive News reported that the new Titan will be available in three cab configurations -- crew, extended and, a regular cab.

Earlier this year, Fred Diaz was recruited by Nissan as its senior vice president for sales, marketing and operations. He told Automotive News in February that requested some changes to the next-generation Titan, adding that he is confident Nissan full-size pickup will be competitive with domestic models.

Nissan will commence sales of the 2016 Titan late 2015, a time when Ford is posting a full-year of sales for its new F-150.

When Nissan released the first Titan, it became recognized for a number of innovations focused on consumers like the Utili-track Bed Channel System, factory spray-on bedliner, bedside storage compartment, and Wide-Open rear doors. For this next generation, it starts by putting focus on the commercial strength of the components, which begins with the radiator and all the way to the rear axle.

In order for the new Titan XD to maximize ride comfort, handling, and stability, the brand utilized a highly stable and heavy duty suspension design. The front suspension has a double-wishbone which comes with a stabilizer bar and is tuned and reinforced for hard use. Meanwhile the rear axle suspension makes use of the sturdy leaf springs and leaf bushings, in addition to the twin-tube shock absorbers.

The axle in particular is a purpose-built and large American Axle Manufacturing design. While the front differential for the 4x4 models measure 9.25 inches, the rear differential is 13.0 inches with axle tubes at 3.5 inches. Offered for the Titan XD is the Electronic Locking Rear Differential. Nissan also revealed that the Titan XD models make use of a distinct frame and chassis.

This is to better handle the Cummins diesel and result in expanding the payload and towing potential. Development began with the proven and durable chassis design using Nissan Commercial Vehicles. What followed was a full-length fully boxed ladder frame that has been strengthened and reinforced extensively to give the Titan XD additional torsional rigidity, lateral and vertical bending, and stiffness.

Compared to non-XD Titan models, the wheelbase has been extended 20 inches and now measures 151.6 inches. By having hydraulic cab-mounts, occupants are isolated from the advanced chassis of the Titan XD. Equipped to them are the aluminum-alloy wheels measuring 17 inches, 18 inches, or 20 inches. It is fitted with tire size LT245/75R17, LT275/65R18 or LT265/60R20, all of which offer all surface/all-weather traction.

Diaz said that this truck manages to make use not only of strength but even technology in order to give confidence in completing daily work tasks. He added that around 50% of full-size truck owners generally tow at least 10 times per year with 25% making use of the trucks to haul tools. He continued by saying that the company engineered the new Titan XD to be tough from the ground up.

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