According to a report coming from TheDetroitBureau.com, the Japanese manufacturer has finally decided to refresh the aging and slow-selling Titan full-size pickup.
The model has been on the US market for eleven years, four more than originally planned. Back in 2010, the automaker’s plans for a replacement fell apart, prompting the carmaker to go back to the drawing board. The successor, the 2016 Titan should be presented officially to the public during the Detroit Auto Show in January, and unnamed sources also report that Nissan has been readying specifically for the model a new diesel engine. That would put it on pace with Chrysler’s Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup truck on sales across the US.
Both Toyota – with the original T100 and subsequent Tundra models – and Nissan tried and failed to make a dent in the last Detroit three stronghold: the full-size pickup segment. Four years ago Nissan was ready to pan a surprising new Titan, after it partnered with then struggling Chrysler Group to develop the model on the make’s Ram 1500. After Fiat SpA acquired the majority stake in bankrupt Chrysler Group LLC in 2009, the new CEO – Sergio Marchionne – quickly declined to continue the project, sending Nissan back to Japan to start from scratch.
The new Titan has been developed by Nissan to allow a larger lineup of body styles and powertrain options and the new diesel should be available from the start. On the other hand, Ford – the King of the segment for decades – has opted to stay with petrol engines as it makes the switch to the new 2015 F-150, now with an aluminum intensive design.