One more Nissan truck, new 2016 Nissan Titan. Ford and GM aren’t the only car makers which produce quality full-size pickups, but rest of the competition seems to be in slumber, at least in the U.S. market.
Buyers in the states already have their preferences and they deem only home-made trucks worthy, but Japanese makers like Nissan have themselves to blame too, for not taking bigger slice of the market. 2016 Nissan Titan is supposed to change that, and even though it seems to be much better than outgoing model, Japanese manufacturer still has a long way to go.
2016 Nissan Titan Diesel
For the first time, Titan will be offered with diesel powertrain. And not any diesel engine, but Cummins mill. 5.0L V8 will put up hefty 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque which are supposed to be routed to the rear or all wheels via 6-speed automatic transmission. Incidentally, diesel Titan, called XD, will be the only option offered at truck’s introduction. This upscale light-duty full-sizer will come with 4-door crew cab and 6.5-foot cargo bed. Later on, lineup will be expanded with other, petrol V8 option and some downsized V6 engines as well which should make things even more interesting.
Design – Interior and Exterior
2016 Nissan Titan looks better than it did before. It now features Nissan’s very own V-motion frontal fascia with protruded trapezoidal mesh grille and large singular headlamps. Bumpers, fender outskirts and side skirts are painted in contrasting color which somewhat lowers the truck, at least visually. Roof pillars are very thin which allows for a large rearview window and great visibility. When all is considered, Titan is a modern truck which sticks to the pickup conventions.
Inside, 2016 Nissan Titan XD is lavishly decorated. Apart from leather seats, armrest, dashboard and door panel covers, it also offers leather-wrapped steering wheel and wood-accented dashboard. Cabin is divided into two parts, via middle tunnel which houses cupholders and has space for smaller trinkets and smart devices. Instrument panel is heavy and riddled with knobs and buttons of all sorts. Large touch screen display sits at its summit and serves as infotainment interface.
Most of advanced tech options are present as well, and new Titan might surprise you with its functionality. Finally, apart from all mandatory safety features which include stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, airbag system, trailer-sway control and hill-start assist, you won’t get much more than a rearview camera. However, thanks to the great rearward visibility, Titan hardly even needs anything else.
2016 Nissan Titan Price and MPG
Fuel economy (if we could call it that) used to be the biggest problem with previous Titans. New, diesel engine will be much more efficient, but being a large V8 mill, things still aren’t as they should be. Yes, 20+ mpg combined are good figures for such a large truck, but V6 options are expected to lower the fuel consumption even more. XD versions should be the most expensive ones and are supposed to cost around $50,000. However, future, complete lineup should offer $25,000 models and ones in-between as well.
2016 Nissan Titan finally offers long-awaited update to the full-size truck. Things still aren’t at their best, but it is a large leap in any case. Pickup offers premium refinement and one of the most beautiful interiors overall, at least in top grades. Finally, performance and fuel efficiency have been elevated as well, and so should be other segments too.