The American Titan
A few weeks ago Lynn and I were invited to Columbus Indiana to tour the Cummins Diesel Engine Plant and see the production line for the new 5.0 liter V8 diesel that will be in the all new, all American Titan pickup beginning later this year.
This is an American truck. It was designed in San Diego at the Nissan Design Center, engineered at the Technical Center in Farmington Hills Michigan and tested at a proving grounds in Arizona. The engines built at Cummins Engine Plant in Columbus, Indiana and at Nissan’s Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd (De-kurd), Tennessee (Gas engines built at this plant), and the truck will be assembled at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.
The prime focus of our trip was of course the new Cummins V8 diesel that will be available power for the Titan. This engine incorporates a lot of new technology such as a graphite composite engine block and aluminum heads, however, the biggest innovation may be the two stage turbocharger. The turbo system uses 2 individual turbo chargers. The first is a high pressure unit that comes in at a very low engine speed and eliminates the turbo lag so noticeable in many boosted engines. The second low pressure turbo comes in at mid to upper range rpm and provides forced air for higher power operations and cruising speeds. The blending of these two air pumps is computer controlled and allows the engine to reach maximum torque early and maintain a flat peak torque output across the rpm range.
Rate at 310 horsepower and 555 foot pounds of torque the Cummins power plant will fit well in the huge gap between gas powered half ton pickups and the brute power of the three quarter and one ton offerings today.
The truck was onsite for us to see, but not drive. Driving impression will come soon as Nissan promises to have the truck available to us at the Texas Auto Writer’s Truck Rodeo in October.
Redesigned for 2016 the Titan XD can holds its head up in the company of the other luxury trucks on the market. Released in many cab and bed configurations the Titan will be available as anything from standard cab work truck to a full on luxury Platinum Edition.
The redesigned interior now features all of the amenities popular with truck owners from exceptional leather seating, to heated steering wheel. The infotainment system is Nissan Connect controlled through a 7.1 inch central display that includes mapping and apps. The control knobs and switches received extra attention with deeper grooving to make them easy to use even in work gloves. Power points and cup holders abound. Rear seat leg room is expansive and package trays fold down when the seat is raised to make carrying interior cargo easier.
The bed comes with sliding tie-downs to secure the load and LED lighting. A big new feature is the factory installed gooseneck hitch and trailer wiring, including trailer brake.
The exterior sports a big bold stance in line with the strength of the truck. A large selection of exterior colors and trim packages enable the new Titan owners to get the look they want in their truck.
Of course the strength of the truck comes from the ground up as the suspension, frame and driveline have all been beefed up to make the American Titan capable of towing more than 12,000 pounds.
The American Titan will be available late this year. For more information go to www.nissanusa.com