Video: Nissan Shows Towing, Terrain Testing of Titan XD in Arizona
Cooling System of Trucks Put to the Test
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is one of the most highly anticipated new trucks in quite a while, with a lot of the interest centered on its 5.0L Cummins V-8. Although some buyers may simply want the bragging rights of saying they own a Cummins, for most potential buyers, the big advantage of having a diesel is its towing and hauling capacity. Nissan made sure the new truck would live up to buyers’ expectations by putting it through its paces in Arizona, one of hottest locales in North America, and a rigorous test of any vehicle’s cooling system.
Two tests in particular are highlighted in the ninth episode of Nissan’s “Truckumentary” series. One is taking the Titan XD up a long, rough, uphill trail. This tests both the truck’s cooling system and four-wheel-drive system, at times requiring low range. Although Nissan says this scenario is on the “severe” side of expected use, for some buyers, it may be representative of their daily drive.
The other test is the infamous Davis Dam on the border of Arizona and Nevada. This six-percent grade is used by most manufacturers to test vehicles’ towing ability and cooling system capacity. The Davis Dam is so well known it’s actually spelled out by name in the SAE J2807 testing protocol. Check out the video below to see how the Titan XD was designed for hard work.
Source: Nissan via YouTube