2016 Titan XD Diesel Unveils in Detroit with 555 lb-ft of Power

Nissan has finally pulled the wraps off the 2016 Titan, showcasing the top-of-the-line and most powerful Titan XD Crew Cab at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. CarNewsCafe is front-row center at this biggest of auto shows and we saw the Titan up close and personal. We’ll have photos from the event as soon as they’re processed.

The 2016 Titan XD is massive. It’s wheelbase is more than ten inches longer than the previous-generation Titan (151.6 inches vs 139.8) and its length is 18 inches longer than the 2015 Titan (242.9 inches vs 224.6). Yet the width of the truck is basically the same at 79.4 inches (versus 79.5). Roof height is two inches higher at 78.7 inches which means two inches of headroom inside.

Everything about this new Titan XD is tough and work-ready. The massive Cummins V8 promised to be under the hood will over-deliver at a whopping 555 lb-ft of torque and 310 horsepower. That runs through a tough 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission. Suspension, framing, and more have all been beefed up to accommodate this diesel engine’s 2,000 payload capability and 12,000 towing capacity.

But the diesel isn’t the only show. The Titan XD is what’s on display, but the side notes made by Nissan really highlight what the company is doing with their full-sized truck. To be blunt: they’re going after the market. Hard.

The 2016 Nissan Titan will be offered in regular cab, King cab and Crew Cab configurations. It will have both four-wheel and two-wheel drive options for the drivetrain. Plus a surprise V6 engine, to be announced later, is in the lineup along with the powerful V8 and, of course, the big Cummins.

Nissan appears to be going for broke and wants to shake up the pickup truck industry. With the options the new Titan and Titan XD will have, including AroundView monitor, trailering controls, and more, they might just do it.

For those wondering, here are some specs to sate your appetite before we go more in-depth with this truck and get our hands on one for a review.

Titan XD Key Specifications

Seating capacity: 5-passenger (6-passenger with front bench seat)

Maximum payload More than 2,000 pounds (when properly equipped)**

Maximum towing More than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped)**

Drive Configuration: Rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive

Engine: Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel V8 with Holset M2 two-stage turbo system

Horsepower 310 horsepower @ 3,200 rpm

Torque 555 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Exhaust: Diesel Particulate Filter and Selective Catalytic Reduction

Transmission: Heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission

Wheels/Tires: 17-inch styled steel / LT245/75R17 tires

18-inch aluminum-alloy / LT 275/65R18 tires

or 20-inch aluminum alloy / LT265/60R20 tires

Suspension: Double-wishbone with stabilizer bar front suspension, rigid axle/leaf spring rear suspension, twin-tube shock absorbers

Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated discs, 14.2 x 1.5-inch front/14.4 x 1.2-inch rear, hydraulic power assist

Steering: Recirculating ball-type high-capacity steering system

Wheelbase: 151.6 inches

Length: 242.9 inches

Width: 79.4/80.6 inches

Height: 78.7 inches

Min. ground clearance: 9.3 inches (rear axle)

Angle of Approach: 21.4 degrees

Angle of Departure: 22.8 degrees

Breakover Angle: degrees

Headroom – front/rear 43.5/40.4 inches

Hip room – front/rear: 60.8/60.3 inches

Shoulder room – front/rear: 63.3/63.6 inches

Exterior Features: Available LED headlights and signature Daytime Running Lights, LED taillight bulbs, puddle lamps, step rails, improved access for cabin and bed entry/exit, 120V access in bed, tailgate dampener, cargo and tailgate lamps, laminated side glass

Interior Features: Available Zero Gravity front and rear seats, Automatic Dual Zone Climate Control, supplemental cabin heater (diesel only), interior cabin filter, remote start HVAC Auto Temp Control, 12-volt and 120-volt power outlets (150 and 400 watt), Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker premium audio system, column shifter with manual shift control, tilt and telescoping steering column, NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services

Smart Cabin/Bed Utility: Available Fold-out Flat Floor, LED Bed Rail Lighting, lockable in-bed storage, tailgate illumination, spray-on bedliner, two-way tailgate assist

Towing Aids: Available Trailer Light Check, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Trailer Sway Control, Integrated Gooseneck Hitch, Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control, Electronic Locking Rear Differential

Driving Aids: Available Around View® Monitor (AVM), Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Front and Rear Sonar system

*Specifications current as of January 2015, subject to change without notice.

** Estimated figures, final figures to be available closer to production date.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.