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The last variant of Nissan’s redesigned full-size pickup was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in the form of the 2017 Titan King Cab which will be available in both standard half-ton models and the heavier duty XD versions. The extended cab of these new models feature rear-hinged access panels for the second row and provides seating for up to six when equipped with bench seats fore and aft.

“The launch of the new King Cab body is the last step in a journey that began in December 2015 with the debut of the breakthrough Titan XD, which continues to carve out a unique white space between competitors’ heavy-duty and half-ton trucks,” said Fred Diaz, vice president for Nissan’s North American truck operations. “Now with the addition of a half-ton Titan, our new Endurance V8, three body configurations, three bed lengths and a range of grade levels and equipment packages, we’re covering nearly every segment in the personal and commercial full-size truck markets.”

Three trim levels

The half-ton Titan King Cab, which is offered in addition to the standard cab and conventional 4-door crew cab models, is available in three trim levels, S, SV, and Pro-4X in both rear- and 4-wheel drive. Power comes from Nissan’s 380-horse/5.6-liter V8 mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. Total towing capacity is 9,420 pounds, while maximum payload is 1,640 pounds.

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In the XD lineup, the King Cab is available in the same three trim levels as well as in rear- and 4-wheel drive. Two engine choices are offered:  the 5.6-liter gas V8 and the 5.0-liter Cummins V8 turbodiesel, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. Diesel models come with a heavy-duty Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. With that powertrain, the King Cab XD is capable of towing up to 12,510 pounds. The V8 gas engine can accommodate a payload of up to 2,710 pounds.

Rear seat delete option

Nissan says the King Cab offers the first-in-segment rear-seat delete option, which eliminates the rear bench, heater duct and roof-mounted assist grips. The changes result in a flat rear load floor, while the rear bulkhead is fitted with a finish panel that incorporates tie-down hooks.

“This features going to be extremely well received by commercial truck buyers for its extra utility and secure, climate-safe storage space inside the cab,” Diaz explained. “It’s a real workhorse like the new Single Cab, but with more flexibility to stow equipment and other valuables. Now, with the new King Cab and Single Cab models, we expect to grow our worksite presence with the Titan and Titan XD as well.”

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The King Cab can be equipped with a choice of a front split bench or bucket seats (standard on Pro-4X, optional on the SV), while the rear features a 60/40 split fold-down configuration. Heated front seats are available on Pro-4X and SV, along with optional heated and cooled front seats on the former.

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab models go on sale this spring. Pricing has yet to be finalized, but expect the base MSRP to land between the standard cab half-ton rear-drive model’s base sticker of $29,580 and the Crew Cab version of the same truck that opens at $34,780.


 

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