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Monday, January 12, 2015

Nissan Offers Worldwide Debut of Titan Pick-up NAIAS 2015

DETROIT – Nissan says its all-new Titan XD pick-up, a worldwide debut at the North American International Auto Show 2015, meets a need for what it calls the "white space" between light duty and heavy duty trucks that it believes is not being currently met in the market.

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., in unveiling the new truck, said a "significant" number of truck owners typically move back and forth between the light duty and heavy duty segments. "It is clear that there is some 'white space' between those offerings that is not being currently met. The Nissan Titan XD fits that space."


The Titan boasts an available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. Customers will also be able to choose a V8 or V6 gasoline engine, although details on those configurations was not discussed at NAIAS 2015.

Vehicles featuring Titan's crew cab configuration will first appear in U.S. dealer showrooms in late 2015. Two additional cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels will follow.

“The next-generation Nissan TITAN XD is a truck that we are proud to have our Cummins engine in and logo on,” said Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Cummins global pickup business. “Pickup truck owners have very specific needs and capability has always ranked high on the list and with increasing fuel prices, efficiency is a close second. The new TITAN XD is capable of meeting both of those needs at once, as opposed to only being able to have great fuel economy or great performance. Light-duty pickup owners should not have to sacrifice fuel economy when they want to put their truck to work.”

Nissan officials said the Titan delivers maximum durability and power. The vehicle's weight was reduced with the use of compacted graphite iron (CGI) in the engine block, said to be a material that is stronger and lighter than traditional iron.

The CGI block, along with the dual overhead camshafts, also contributes to the engine’s excellent noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics. The new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel exhaust system has a particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction that enable the engine to run cleaner. That technology also serves a second purpose – reducing typical diesel noise.

As a result of all these advanced systems, the new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel is said to be more capable than small displacement diesel engine offerings and less expensive than big bore heavy-duty diesels.

Nissan said the new Titan is also designed to be fun to drive, with about 45 percent more torque at cruising speed than similar-sized gasoline V8 engines. The Titan requires less downshifting and provides more confidence while towing, as well as saving fuel whether towing or carrying heavy loads.

Fred Diaz, Nissan USA's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Titan is expected to offer 20 percent better fuel economy than a gasoline V8, although no actual mileage figures are currently available.

Helping handle the power and torque of the engine is a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission developed and tuned exclusively for the Titan XD.