Thursday, March 24, 2016

2017 Nissan Titan XD Gas V-8 Priced From $36,485


Registering just a half-percent of the U.S. pickup truck market, it’s a miracle the Nissan Titan ever advanced to a second generation. But the new Titan is here, with two distinct chassis and three engines, wrestling from the bottom of the pile. After debuting the pricier, not-quite-heavy-duty XD diesel last year, Nissan is now offering a gasoline V-8 on the XD for $5000 less.

A base 2017 Titan XD 4×2 Crew Cab S will start at $36,485 when it arrives this summer. Initially, Nissan will sell only Crew Cab gasoline V-8 models, with standard and extended King Cab models to follow. Later still, a true half-ton Titan (with a shorter length, wheelbase, and height) will emerge alongside a gasoline V-6.

Despite its rarity on the job site—or just about anywhere—the new Titan XD V-8 will cost a couple hundred more than a comparable 2016 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7-liter V-8, a vehicle that outsold the Titan 10-to-one last year. But it’s a couple hundred less than a similar Ford F-250, which is exactly the spot Nissan wants as it bridges the light- and heavy-duty segments.


Unlike the Cummins diesel, which gets a six-speed automatic, the gasoline XD pairs its 5.6-liter V-8 with a seven-speed. The V-8 is good for 390 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, increases of 73 horses and 16 lb-ft over the outgoing engine, thanks to direct injection, variable valve timing and lift, and higher compression (11.2:1 versus 9.8:1). Fuel economy, towing, payload, and other vital specs aren’t yet available.

As before, the gasoline Titan XD 4×2 will come in four trim levels (S, SV, SL, and Platinum Reserve). A fifth off-road variant (Pro-4X) is limited to the 4×4, and includes Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, skid plates, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in knobby tires. Nissan also hasn’t detailed standard and optional equipment for the other models, but we expect them to align with the diesel.



from Car and Driver Blog

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