Nissan unveiled the brawniest member of the all-new 2016 Titan lineup at the Detroit auto show. The Titan XD is the most capable Titan ever. Nissan showed the Crew Cab Titan XD, powered by a Cummins V8 turbodiesel that puts out 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 6-speed automatic. The XD is capable of towing more than 12,000 pounds and hauling more than 2,000 pounds of payload. (We think other cab configurations may be even more capable than that.)

It has been a long time since Nissan made significant changes to the Titan pickup. But it looks like the 2016 Titan was worth the wait. With the new Titan, Nissan is addressing customers that may not have had the right truck available to them in the past, and are also increasing the scope that the Titan covers. One of the biggest complaints about the current Titan is that when it comes to the number of potential combinations, there isn't enough variety. The 2016 Titan solves that problem.

Two Models, Same Goal

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The Titan is going to be sold as two models, the Titan and the Titan XD. Both share the Titan's new sheetmetal. The XD uses a larger frame than the Titan, and is built to handle tougher tasks than typical 1/2-tons can handle. It is for those people who want to tow 10,000-12,000 pounds, but don't want to spend the extra premium required to get a heavy-duty truck. Yet, like the heavy-duty offerings from Ford, GM and Ram, the XD is available with a diesel V8, but without that added $12,000-plus cost that can come with the move from 1/2- to a 3/4-ton with a diesel. And since Nissan doesn't offer a 3/4-ton truck, there is no risk at cannibalizing its own heavy-duty truck sales. The Titan XD may simply appeal to those who need something that's a little stouter than a 1/2-ton but not as big or expensive as a 3/4-ton.

The Titan XD offers cool features like a gooseneck hitch integrated into the frame, an integrated trailer brake controller, a Trailer Light Check system that makes it easier for one person to hook a trailer up to a truck, a wide variety of towing-centric safety features and Nissan's excellent Around View Monitor, a feature that practically begged to be available on a truck. The Titan will also have lockable in-bed storage and Nissan's Utili-track tie-down system.

The interior is far nicer than in the current Titan, with attractive modern style and a bevy of modern comfort and connectivity amenities. Nissan has announced there will be five trim levels, with the top-of-the-line choice being the new Platinum Reserve model. 

When the Titan lineup goes on sale, there will be three engines--a gas-powered V6 and V8 in addition to the Cummins turbodiesel--three cab configurations which can seat up to six people, and multiple bed lengths. Pricing, fuel economy and the on-sale date haven't yet been announced.

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