Fifth 2016 Nissan Titan XD Truckumentary Video Released
Titan Braves the Cold of Colorado, Michigan, and Alaska
It’s not unusual to see foreign automakers test models that will never actually be sold in North America. That’s because the U.S. has some of the greatest temperature, topography, and climatic extremes in the world. So, for a vehicle aimed squarely at the U.S. market, it’s imperative that it operate as reliably as possible in these extremes. Arizona is a well-known locale for hot weather testing, but cold-weather testing is just as important and the U.S. has plenty of places to do that. Nissan chose the three locations of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, southwest Colorado, and Fairbanks, Alaska, to conduct their testing of the 2016 Titan XD.
Although plenty of extreme temperature testing can be done in indoor test labs, one of the development engineers noted the accumulation of snow under the vehicle from driving, something potential buyers could face in real-world use, was something that couldn’t be readily replicated in the lab. One of the key tests for the Titan XD was the heater warm-up period from a cold start. Other aspects tested in extreme cold are door seals, extension of the tow mirrors, and other scenarios that might be commonly encountered by users living in extreme climates. You can watch the Truckumentary YouTube video below.