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Facts, Figures and Video for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD

When the Nissan Titan XD unveiled in Detroit as a heavy-duty half-ton pickup with massive amounts of Cummins power under its hood, many were surprised as the truck's specifications were revealed. Here's the facts along with the unveil video.

The Nissan Titan unveil was one of the first of the day when the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened in Detroit. The unveiling was chaperoned by Carlos Ghosn himself, arguably the busiest CEO in the world, and ignored pomp and circumstance in favor of frank honesty. The Titan XD, said Ghosn, is not "the best in class," it's the "best new class." While he didn't use the term "heavy-duty half-ton," that is what the Titan XD is.

The gasoline versions of the new Titan will unveil later this year, but several points were made that clearly show the direction Nissan is taking with the second-generation Titan. Ghosn openly admitted that in ten years, the Titan has gained only about one percent of the overall pickup truck market in the United States. On the other hand, the truck market here is arguably the most difficult for a newcomer to break into. With this new offering and lineup of Titan trucks, Nissan expects to see their market share grow by four or five fold to roughly four or five percent of the market. That single-digit share may not sound like much, but to do that over just a couple of years will be ground-breaking and would give Nissan a solid enough footing to be considered a permanent fixture in pickup trucks.

Leading the way will be the Nissan Titan XD with its huge diesel engine and mind-boggling capabilities. After the unveil video, we'll list some fast figures for the truck. Later, we'll pen a comparison showing how this new Titan XD stacks up against the current-generation 2015 Titan.

Astute readers who know us here at Torque News may note Aaron Turpen moving through the crowd of press after the unveil.

  • Seating: 5 or 6 passenger (front bench optional)
  • Drive: Rear- or Four-wheel drive
  • Wheelbase: 151.6 inches
  • Length: 242.9 inches
  • Width: 79.4 inches/80.6 inches
  • Height: 78.7 inches
  • Minimum Ground Clearance: 9.3 inches (axle hub)
  • Angle of Approach, Departure: 21.4, 22.8 degrees
  • Engine: Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel with Holset M2 two-stage turbo system
  • Transmission: Heavy-duty Aisin 6-speed automatic
  • Horsepower: 310 @ 3,200 RPM
  • Torque: 555 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM
  • Suspension: Double-wishbone with stabilizer front, rigid axle/leaf spring rear, twin-tube shocks
  • Brakes: Ventilated discs, hydraulic assist; 14.2x1.5 inch front, 14.4x1.2 inch rear
  • Wheels: 17-inch styled steel, 18-inch aluminum-alloy, 20-inch aluminum alloy
  • Steering: Recurculating ball-type high-capacity
  • Maximum Payload: 2,000 pounds when equipped
  • Maximum Towing: 12,000 pounds when equipped