Nissan North America decided to challenge the only automaker offering a diesel-powered full size pickup truck in the United States – Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel. But the 2016 Nissan Titan is also being offered with gasoline engines starting next year.
Nissan, the second biggest Japanese automaker, aims to create a “new class” of pickup with the introduction of the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD later this year, equipped under the hood with its massive Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel that delivers 310 horsepower and a massive 555 lb-ft of torque, sent to the asphalt via a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission. Delivered as a Crew Cab, the Titan XD is only the first version of a lineup offensive that will include three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels (S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve). The gasoline powered Titans will be in dealerships in spring next year.
Unfortunately, the lengthy statement sent by the press office of Nissan North America – detailing all the 2016 model year Nissans – had no details about those gasoline-munching Titan versions that would battle the other two pickup gurus – Ford’s aluminum F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado. That doesn’t mean we can’t speculate, since Nissan has an extensive engine lineup and we already know what powertrains would be suitable for use in the Titan. In the V6 department we could see the 4-liter DOHC 24-valve unit from the Frontier, delivering 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft (381 Nm) of torque. The V8 department should be handled by the Endurance 5.6-liter V8 – it boasted 317 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque (521 Nm) on the 2015 Titan.