Nissan unveils 2016 Titan XD with 310 horsepower Cummins V8 diesel engine

Updated Sep 19, 2016

Nissan today debuted the Nissan Titan full-size pickup to a standing room-only crowd of international media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Presiding over the dramatic reveal was Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, who stated, “With the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, we weren’t just going for ‘best-in-class.’ Instead, we are offering the ‘Best New Class.’”

The 2016 Nissan Titan uses a 310 horsepower Cummins V-8 diesel.The 2016 Nissan Titan uses a 310 horsepower Cummins V-8 diesel.

The Titan XD, the first of the new generation of Nissan Titan models, creates a new segment of the American market.

It offers the towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups. It is projected to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late 2015.

Powered by a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and hefty 555 foot-pounds of torque, the 2016 Titan XD will offer an towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped).

The truck will also be available with towing features such as an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame.

Additional available Titan XD utility features and convenience aids include RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle.

2016 Nissan Titan Xd InteriorAlso available are Blind Spot Warning and a Front and Rear Sonar System.

The wide range of available interior features includes front and rear NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and a large center console designed to serve as a mobile workstation.

“In addition to a range of cab configurations, the Titan lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices,”Ghosn says. “These include an all-new workhorse gasoline V8, as well as our first V6 offering in this class.”

More details on the full Nissan Titan lineup will be announced at a later date.

The Titan, like the first-generation Titan, was developed with planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi.

The  Titan XD Crew Cab is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels to be available later in the Nissan Titan lineup.

Editor’s Note: Bruce Smith is a Senior Editor at Randall-Reilly

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