Nissan Titan XD: Platinum Reserve V-8 decked in luxury

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Nissan has launched into the full-size-pickup scene with fresh Titan trucks that answer a variety of consumer demands. Importantly, the lineup addresses the large and growing luxury market with the 2016 Titan XD Platinum Reserve 4WD crew cab, powered by the new 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 gas engine.

This Platinum Reserve, base priced at $56,715, has such a generous helping of premium upgrades that no options are needed to boost appearance, comfort, or convenience. Muscle, provided by the 5.6-liter V-8, also fits the need of those wanting top-notch performance. This gas engine joins the first-to-market 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 in the lineup to give truckers capable choices to fit varying applications.

The new powerplant, which unleashes 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, trumps its gas-fueled predecessor by 73 horsepower and 16 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan engineers eked out extra power, as well as improved throttle response, via Direct Injection Gas and Variable Valve & Lift technologies.

The Endurance V-8’s DIG and VVEL technologies team with a new heavy-duty seven-speed transmission to enhance performance and fuel economy. The smooth-operating transmission features adaptive shift control and downshift rev matching. The engine runs on regular unleaded gas, but official fuel ratings aren’t available because it isn’t a requirement for this class of vehicle.

The Cummins turbodiesel option, which adds $5,000 to the price tag, is the choice for those focused on torque. It delivers 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and a healthy 555 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm. Maximum towing capacity for the Cummins is 12,037 pounds versus the gas-powered Titan XD 4×4’s 11,000 pounds. The gas engine, on the other hand, provides a payload-capacity edge of 2,523 pounds compared to the diesel’s 2,003 pounds.

Platinum Reserve models are rigged for towing with an integrated gooseneck hitch and a Class IV tow-hitch receiver. The cargo box is protected with spray-on bedliner and fitted with Nissan’s Utili-Track channel system, featuring four adjustable cleats. Utility is added with tow hooks up front.

A trailer light check system allows the driver to conveniently check the status of the turn signals, brake lights, and running/clearance lights from inside the cab or with the key fob outside the cab. A trailer brake controller also allows the driver to adjust or activate trailer brakes to assist directional stability.

Platinum Reserve models ride on distinctive 20-inch dark-chrome aluminum-alloy wheels, wrapped with hefty LT265/60R20 tires. Dark chrome also accentuates the grille, exhaust-tip finisher, door handles, and outside mirrors. The mirrors extend for towing and incorporate puddle lamps and turn signals.

Running boards make accessing the high-riding 4×4’s cab more convenient, and storage is enhanced with Titan Boxes — large, lockable bedside storage compartments on the lower outside fender panels — that are watertight and drainable, and can be used as coolers.

The truck’s exterior and interior are branded with Platinum Reserve logos. Most prominent is the large “PLATINUM RESERVE” lettering stamped into the wide swath of chrome traversing the tailgate.

Inside, the interior treatment sends an upscale design message, and is also branded with Platinum Reserve logos on front seatbacks, instrument panel, front door sills, and heavy-duty floor mats. Seats are upholstered in two-tone leather with quilted-like dark center portions and light outers. The contoured steering wheel grip combines leather and wood, and contrasting stitching, open-pore wood-tone trim and chrome accents adorn the cab.

The eight-way power-adjustable driver and four-way adjustable passenger Captain’s chairs are heated and cooled, and the 60/40-split flip-up rear bench is heated. Temperature can be set to satisfy driver and passenger needs with dual-zone automatic control.

Platinum Reserve models are packed with technology dedicated to safety and infotainment. Helping the driver stay aware of nearby vehicles and objects is a front and rear sonar system, Around View Monitor with moving object detection, blind spot warning, and automatic collision notification.

A NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system are standard. Sound from the AM/FM/CD audio system surrounds the cab with 12 speakers.

With the introduction of its gas V-8, Nissan’s full-size truck plans are coming closer to fruition. The complete lineup will offer three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrains (V-6 gas coming), and five grade levels — with the Platinum Reserve luxury model leading the pack.