The 2016 Nissan Titan XD has been unveiled at the 2015 Detroit auto show, with the Japanese brand’s rival to the Ford F-Series debuting a long-awaited Cummins turbo diesel V8 engine.
The all-new large pick-up for North America features a US-made 5.0-litre diesel unit with a hefty 750Nm of torque that Nissan claims can enable the Titan XD to tow up to 5440 kilograms and cart a payload of 900kg.
New towing aids include an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, a towing/hauling mode with downhill speed control and a clever “trailer light check system” that allows a lone tower to check their lights from inside the cabin without having to run to the back of their trailer.
It is fitted with a six-speed Aisin automatic gearbox as standard, and 4×4 models feature a new transfer case “designed to ensure maximum power distribution in every gear”. According to Nissan, 4×4 models also get hill descent control, hill start assist and brake limited-slip differential.
Nissan claims the Titan “combines the capability of a heavy-duty hauler with the driveability and affordability of a light-duty pick-up”, and the big pick-up receives a new interior with improved storage, redesigned button layouts, improved outward visibility, and new Zero Gravity seats front and rear.
The XD dual-cab model was shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, but the Titan range will expand to include three body styles, as well as five model grades. The XD’s wheelbase measures 3.85 metres, about 50cm longer than the standard version.
The full Titan range will include petrol V6 and V8 engines alongside the turbo diesel Cummins engine.
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