Five Things We Learned About the Nissan Titan XD
From the 2015 State Fair of Texas
Nissan has been teasing us for some time now about the company's all-new 2016 Titan XD pickup. We know that it is all new from the ground up, sharing nothing in common with the outgoing model. We know that it will have a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbodiesel engine option, and we know that it will be available in standard, extended, and crew cab configurations. However, there's still a lot we don't know about the truck. Fortunately we picked up a few new tidbits of information from the 2015 State Fair of Texas.
1. Colors. Nothing official has been announced, but we've all seen the photos of the yellow PRO-4X and the copper and black Platinum Reserves. And all of them have been two-tone, until now. At the State Fair of Texas Nissan had on display several new colors of Titan XD, including solid silver, two-tone blue and gray, and two-tone burgundy and gray. We've yet to see white, which is a common truck color.
2. Engine. Fred Diaz, Nissan North America senior vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed what we suspected all along: The Titan XD's volume engine will be a new 5.6L gasoline V-8. While no details we given, we suspect it will be the same one from the QX80, where it makes 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
3. On sale in December 2015. We've heard rumblings of different launch dates for the truck, which has been pushed back numerous times. We now have a firm date: The Titan XD will arrive at dealers in December. Start counting your pennies.
4. Crew cab first. As you would suspect, when the Titan XD goes on sale the first trucks available will be in the crew cab configuration, followed soon after by extended cab. If you're in the mood for a regular cab you'll have to wait, likely until mid-2016.
5. Titan. We've known about Titan XD since January of this year when it was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. However, we now have confirmation of the existence of another Titan. Fred Diaz confirmed that after Titan XD goes on sale in December, the standard Titan would make its appearance. It shares dimensions with the Titan XD, but its frame and running gear are more in line with a typical 1/2-ton, and the front clip (hood, fenders, grille, ect.) is physically smaller. We don't know anything else about this pickup, but expect the XD's cab configurations, an optional 5.6L V-8 gasoline engine, and a standard V-6 engine.