August 31, 2015 | © Photo by Sherri Tilley
Bounding onto the scene with a polished yet exuberant confidence, the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup brings a brand-new niche segment to the American truck market. Powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel engine rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, the Titan XD is specifically designed for consumers who have previously struggled to find the just-right balance between light-duty and heavy-duty pickups.
This collaborative effort between Nissan and Cummins has yielded a full-size truck that stands alone to fill the "white space" between the smaller and larger diesel options thereby offering more power than a light-series pickup while simultaneously providing vehicle affordability, the comfortable ride of a personal-use truck, and a projected real-world fuel economy that is 20% better than V8 gasoline-powered rivals.
The new Titan XD engine, which features over 70 percent parts commonality with the commercial variant of the Cummins ISV5.0 engine family, is mated with a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission to become the right tool for the right job. This next-generation Nissan Titan is ideal for business-end users such as contractors who will appreciate more than 2,000-pounds of maximum payload capacity* as well as recreational users who will find value in more than 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity.*
Nissan and Cummins have been working together since 2007 to optimize the calibration and specific hardware for this specifically-designed turbo diesel which combines a durable yet lightweight compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block, forged steel crankshaft, high-strength aluminum alloy heads, and composite valve covers along with an Mtwo-stage turbocharger which is configured to work well at both high and low engine speeds. Dual overhead camshafts also aid in outstanding characteristics regarding noise, vibration, and harshness levels; while the advanced ceramic glow plugs (which are designed to last the life of the engine with no maintenance) significantly reduce start time during cold weather.
Cummins has set records with innovative diesel technology since 1919, and the term "diesel goodness" has recently been coined to signify the one-of-a-kind engine’s tenacity in acceleration, consistency in performance, and inherent world-class power. The engine has undergone rigorous validation work, countless hot and cold test cell hours, and over a million grueling test miles to prepare it for production.
Nissan’s "Titan Truckumentary" video series explores the design, development, and engineering of this next-generation Nissan Titan pickup with Chapter 6 further examining the manufacturer’s relationship with Cummins and its pivotal role in the development of the 2016 Titan XD. The complete partnership project also showcases Nissan's commitment to localized endeavors as the new Titan (created for American buyers) was engineered at the company’s Michigan technical center, designed in California, and tested in Arizona. The Indiana-made Cummins 5.0L V8 will subsequently be integrated into the Titan’s assembly in Mississippi.
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About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STARPartner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at Nissan USA and Infiniti USA, or visit the Americas media sites Nissan News and Infiniti News.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
* Totals are accurate when vehicle is properly equipped.