Thousands of automotive journalists from around the world joined automotive executives and members of the general public for a glimpse into the future of the automobile at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Numerous manufacturers chose the Detroit Auto Show to debut their newest production-ready vehicles, as well as the latest cutting-edge concept cars. One of the most anticipated debuts at the event was the official unveiling of the all-new and totally redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan.
New from the Ground Up
The first redesign of the Titan in more than 10 years, the bold, new half-ton Nissan Titan XD is a great leap forward in design, engineering, versatility, style, comfort, safety, and advanced technology. It also makes a serious bid to attract commercial fleet buyers, as well as those looking for a boldly styled, brawny, and exceptionally capable large-sized truck. The new 5.0 liter turbocharged Cummins diesel V8, eight years in the making, pumps out an impressive 310 HP and a prodigious 555 lb-ft of torque; contributing to a 12,000-pound towing capacity and 2,000-pound payload capacity. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic, creating an estimated fuel economy that’s predicted to be around 20% better than an equivalent gasoline-powered engine. Additional engine options include a V6 and V8, both gas-powered.
The 2016 Nissan Titan redesign bristles with innovations, including a unique, gooseneck trailer hitch jutting out from the truck bed that is welded to the fully boxed frame for extra strength.(The hitch ball is removable for when a flat-bed is needed.) Other innovations include “zero-gravity” seats designed in collaboration with NASA, and Nissan’s proprietary “Around View Monitor” that assists drivers in maneuvering the big truck in tight spaces. The cavernous truck bed features lockable in-bed hideaway storage bins, Utili-track® multi-position tie downs, and flush-mounted LED lighting that illuminates the entire truck bed from the inside. A Nissan-first “Trailer Light Check” system triggered by the key fob allows the driver to visually inspect that all trailer lights are working correctly.
Powerful and Purposeful Design
According to Nissan’s design chief, Diane Allen, the Titan’s fresh, modern styling was heavily influenced by the new Cummins diesel’s capabilities. “We wanted to make it look like a true work truck,” she explained. “We’ve always been a play truck, but with this design we wanted to honor the new power and capability…It’s going to appeal to guys who tow, haul things, who need that extra capacity, but don’t want to step up to a 250…It’s a more techy, more modern design language.”
A New Level of Interior Refinement and Technology
The new Nissan Titan also sports a completely new interior that offers a new level of sophistication, refinement, and technology. According to chief designer Allen, the interior deliberately mimics the exterior’s powerful and muscular looks. “It’s a power read,” she said. “Just like the power reads on the outside, the intent was to get that power read on the inside.”
The handsome new interior includes a large, 7-inch touchscreen display offering the “NissanConnect” navigation and app suite. Mounting the shift lever on the steering column instead of the center console frees up enough space to easily accommodate a 15-in. laptop, along with 32-oz capacity cup holders for those long, thirsty rides. An available 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, numerous storage compartments and power outlets, along with available leather seating, and ample room for five make the Titan’s masterfully crafted interior a comfortable environment for a cross-country journey, or a jaunt across town. The new Titan also comes equipped with safety features like moving object detection and blind-spot warning technology.
The redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan will come in three cab variations and five trim levels, from the base “S” package all the way up to the ultra-lux “Platinum Reserve.” Designed and built in the U.S., the Titan is set to arrive in Nissan showrooms later this year.
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