2016 Nissan Titan XD Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Jan 13, 2015
  • Redesigned full-size pickup truck
  • Standard, King, and Crew Cab configurations
  • Two different frame sizes
  • Multiple bed lengths
  • Five trim levels
  • V-6 and V-8 engines
  • Cummins turbodiesel V-8 option
  • Payload rating of more than 2,000 lbs.
  • Tow rating of more than 12,000 lbs.
  • On sale in late 2015


Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan full-size pickup truck will be offered in multiple configurations when it goes on sale, but was initially revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) in Titan XD Crew Cab trim equipped with a new Cummins turbodiesel V-8 engine and a fortified frame and chassis designed to handle the powertrain's 555 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan is positioning the Titan XD as more capable than light-duty trucks, but not necessarily a heavy-duty truck alternative.

Exterior Features

Characterizing the 2016 Titan's design theme as anatomical rather than architectural, Nissan says that warrior helmets of antiquity, combined with a desire to improve aerodynamics, influenced the design of its new full-size pickup truck.

With regard to the Titan XD, the power and dimensions of the new turbo-diesel V-8 engine also impact the truck's appearance. Nissan forms this model's sheetmetal around the engine bay's increased volume requirements, and the result is an extended front overhang. The Titan XD model also sits on a special reinforced, strengthened, and extended version of the new Titan's fully boxed ladder frame.

A 6.5-ft. cargo bed is standard for the Titan XD Crew Cab. It continues to offer a factory spray-in bed liner and Nissan's Utili-Track system of adjustable cargo bed tie-down cleats, while the bedside storage compartments are moved to the inside of the bed and can be removed if so desired. A damped tailgate is easier to open and close, and Nissan makes a 120-volt power outlet accessible in the cargo bed.

Interior Features

Durability, comfort, and improved utility were the goals for the new Titan's cabin, according to Nissan, which says its new full-size truck reflects "a masculine yet premium quality." In fact, the automaker has used laminated front and side window glass in an effort to quiet the interior to the greatest extent possible.

Nissan says it has grouped controls by function type, locating them based on expected frequency of use. Controls are designed for operation while wearing gloves, and knobs feature grips to make them easier to grasp. A mix of analog and digital displays intends to convey a high-tech look, and a 7-in. touch-screen version of the automaker's NissanConnect technology is standard for the Titan XD.

Nissan applies its NASA-inspired "zero gravity" seat design to the Titan, which aims to make occupants so comfortable that they feel like they're floating in air. Water-repellant fabric upholstery is standard equipment, and front- and rear-seat heating is available with this seat covering.

To improve storage and functionality the Titan's gear selector is moved to the steering column, and the center console is larger, now designed to operate as a mobile workstation. Storage areas are also improved to accommodate a wider range of items, and a new lockable rear under-seat storage compartment is available. A 120-volt power outlet is available inside the cab.

Optional Features

With five different trim levels planned for the 2016 Titan, Nissan expects to offer plenty of ways to upgrade its new truck. Announced upgrades include LED headlights and taillights, LED bedrail lighting, step rails, and puddle lighting, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, premium audio system, navigation system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Leather upholstery will also be available, and on well-equipped Titans, Nissan claims that the linings of premium hunting jackets inspired the black-and-tan quilted leather appointments. Remote engine starting allows an owner to heat or cool the cab in advance of driving, and the Titan XD will include a supplemental cab heater for driving in very cold temperatures.

Under the Hood

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is equipped with a new, 5.0-liter, turbodiesel V-8 engine developed by Cummins. Generating 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, this new engine is more powerful than what Ram supplies with its EcoDiesel engine. A heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission feeds the power to the Titan XD's rear wheels, and a 4-wheel-drive system is available, along with an electronic-locking rear differential.

Cummins uses a new 2-stage turbocharger to reduce turbo lag, while a new fuel-injection system aims to reduce "diesel clatter" and ceramic glow plugs are designed for quick starts in the coldest of temperatures. The engine also features a strong, lightweight engine block made of compacted graphite iron.

Supporting the Titan XD's mission to do more than a typical light-duty truck, Nissan installs a heavy-duty double-wishbone front and rigid axle rear leaf spring suspension, and the pickup sits on light-truck tires wrapped around wheels ranging from 17 in. to 20 in. in diameter. Four-wheel-disc ventilated brakes and recirculating ball steering are also along for the ride, and Nissan has beefed up the Titan XD's cooling systems. Hydraulic cab mounts help to isolate the truck's occupants from the commercial-grade chassis components, the automaker says.

When properly configured, the new Titan XD is expected to tow more than 12,000 lbs. (by J2807 certification standards) and to haul more than 2,000 lbs. of payload in its cargo bed. Ground clearance measures 9.3 in.


Nissan will offer its moving-object detection technology for the new 2016 Titan, which identifies whether or not other vehicles are approaching the truck from the side while it is reversing from a parking space, driveway, or other "blind" situation. A blind-spot monitoring system is also available, along with front and rear park-assist sensors.


For the new Titan XD, Nissan plans to offer a number of technologies designed to maximize the truck's capabilities. Available features will include an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the truck's frame, integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, trailer-light check system, and downhill speed control for the transmission's tow/haul mode. Trailer guides are available for the truck's reversing camera, and an optional Around View monitoring system can help when connecting a trailer.

For off-roading, the new Titan XD includes hill-start assist, hill-descent control, and a brake limited-slip differential. An available off-road gauge uses an accelerometer to convey pitch and roll angles to the driver. Nissan has also designed the Titan XD to readily accept a snowplow.
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