2016 Nissan Titan
Twelve years is an eternity in automotive terms, and it’s hard to imagine that the Nissan Titan full-size pickup has been around that long. It’s a testament to Nissan’s designers and engineers that the vehicle has remained viable that long with relatively minor changes, but the 2016 models bring a truck-load of innovations at an important time, with each of the Big Three releasing new or significantly redesigned full-sizers in the last year.
Nissan is releasing many iterations of the new Titan – it’s soon going to be available with three engines, two drivetrains, three cab configurations, two frame sizes, five trim levels and three bed lengths. Arguably, though, the first one out of the gate is the most groundbreaking: All hail the Nissan Titan XD Turbo Diesel!
More robust that a standard half-ton but not going full-bore, hard-core Heavy Duty, this truck features a 5 litre twin turbo Cummins diesel that generates a massive 555 ft-lbs of torque while delivering more that respectable fuel economy. And all this power is available at just 1600 RPM, and is delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The XD frame is a beefed up version of the existing Titan frame, and it’s, well, a Titan, handling massive payloads and delivering impressive towing ability. A variety of towing aids will be available, too, including trailer brake control, sway control and a trailer light-check system that allows a solo driver to confirm from inside the cabin if trailer lights are working.
The truck is also laden with thoughtful and useful touches. Some highlights include LED headlights and bed lighting, removable locking in-bed storage boxes, a damped tailgate opening and a household-style power outlet in the bed. Inside the cabin you will find optional heated and ventilated front and rear seats, leather upholstery and a 7-inch display for navigation and entertainment.
The 2016 Titan also offers the full gamut of safety features including blind spot warning, front and rear sensors, a 360-degree view camera with trailer guides when backing up, hill ascent/descent control, hill-start assist and rear-cross-traffic monitoring.