2016 Nissan Titan Redesign news: The Nissan Titan has been completely redesigned for 2016 with a host of new technological innovations and design features that are going to make it much more contemporary and fun to drive both on and off the road. Its big turbocharged diesel V8 is going to give it a whopping 310 horsepower and a 12,000 pound towing capacity.
To say Nissan is taking a huge gamble with its next-generation pickup truck, the 2016 Nissan Titan, hugely undersells the point. Its current Titan is selling as many units in a month as other half-ton competitors sell in a single day or weekend. That’s why Nissan decided to completely start over, partnering with a strong diesel engine company and offering a two-tier (lighter-duty and heavier-duty) half-ton chassis.
First to hit the dealer showrooms will be the completely new full-size Nissan Titan. In its present configuration (2015) the Titan comes standard with a 5.6 liter V8 that kicks out 317 horsepower and 385lb-ft of power-pulling torque. When outfitted and equipped with the 4×4 package, its city/highway mileage comes in at a less than marginal 17 mpg highway, 12 mpg in the city.
Yes, fuel economy falls flat, but the big truck accelerates quickly, briskly and is extremely responsive either when slogging slowly on off road trails, or when towing your trailer, boat or just hammering it on the highways. One of the strong points in the Titan’s favor is that the steering has always been extremely nimble for a full-size truck with a curb weight of over 5,100 pounds, and an overall length of almost 225 inches! When maneuvering in city/highway traffic, or when negotiating through mud, snow and rocks on the trail… when you touch the steering wheel on the Titan, the truck responds instantly and imparts a feeling of confidence with drivers of all levels of ability!
Compared to the Titan’s many “updated rivals,” the 2015 Titan has fallen behind its class competitors. The overall design and use of materials in the passenger cabin area do not reflect the use of “high-quality luxury materials,” that most of the auto makers are using today. However, when put in the context that it is a rugged off-road and back-country traveling truck, it delivers on that promise, and has been something that many of us Titan fans simply accepted.
For 2016, the redesigned Titan XD is being transformed into a heavy-duty hauler/tow vehicle that is capable of over 2,000 pounds of cargo capacity, and a monstrous 12,000 pound tow rating! Previous versions were rated to 7,400 pounds of boat/trailer towing, so this is a huge 4,600 pound capacity jump. In order make the Titan bigger, bolder and bader, Nissan’s new XD design is going to grow the truck’s wheelbase chassis from 139.8 inches to an extra-long 151.5 inches. The truck’s chassis is also going to incorporate an all-steel fully boxed, full-length ladder frame. According to the engineers/designers this is going to add a marked increase in the vehicle’s stiffness, vertical and lateral bending, as well as torsion rigidity.
Nissan has also said that the new Titan will have an increased ride-height, and more ground clearance, but has yet to release any of their official figures.
Expect to see a King cab and standard model as well, but they are likely to be introduced sometime after the XD version is rolled out. Lack of bed lengths and body styles was another criticism of the older Titan.
In the powerplant department, the big news is the introduction of a “two-stage” turbocharged Cummins V8 diesel. According to the specs, Nissan says that the two-stage turbo revs fast and eliminates the traditional turbo lag and lack of quick response. It will also deliver 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque for pulling/towing all those large loads and toys. All this burly power is going to be paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission.Could we see improved fuel-economy increased by 20-30 percent?
Nissan claims that it will also have some “new and improved” gasoline engines to select from, but again they have not released details yet. Our guess is that the old reliable 5.6 liter V8 is going to be put out to pasture because of its lagging fuel economy. And while many like the diesel availability, there is always concern about the price variations in the cost of gas versus diesel fuel. We are all just going to have to hang-in-there and see what V8 and even V6 gas engines are forthcoming.
Making this huge investment exposes Nissan to monumental failure, especially since its strategy banks on attracting untapped truck buyers looking for more capability than a normal half-ton yet less capability than a three-quarter-ton. But if the excitement the aftermarket is showing for this new truck is any indication, the risk Nissan is taking could translate into larger sales and much higher transaction prices than it’s ever seen.
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