Nissan completes Titan mission with new King Cab

BY TIM SPELL Motor Matters
Farm Forum

Nissan has delivered on an ambitious goal with its full-size Titan/Titan XD pickup lineup. Sitting on the tailgate of a Titan King Cab, Fred Diaz, general manager of North America Trucks, reminded the press of Nissan’s fulfillment of a promise to significantly expand its pickup line.

“We told you that in about a year’s time we would launch five trucks,” Diaz said. “Here we are — the fifth of five trucks, our final baby, our King Cab. This is proof positive that we are now about to play in 85 percent of the truck segment. Titan has now gained about 1.6 points of market share.”

Punctuating this accomplishment, he said that about a year ago Nissan was a player in less than 50 percent of the truck segment, and had less than a half point of market share.

The 2017 King Cab, which follows the Crew Cab and Single Cab to market, will be available in the spring of 2017 in both Titan half-ton and Titan XD “five-eighth-ton” models. All Titan and Titan XD King Cab pickups are offered in two- and four-wheel drive, and in three trim levels — S, SV and PRO-4X. Pricing has not been announced.

Beds feature a lockable, dampened-assist tailgate that easily opens with one hand, and optional factory spray-on bedliner, Utili-track channel system and lockable/removable Titan Boxes.

The King Cab is designed for customers needing adequate room in the back to haul friends, but also wanting behind-the-seat utility space and maximized bed length, said Rich Miller, director of Nissan truck and SUV product planning. It benefits from a 6.5-foot bed, which can become a workable 8-footer with a bed extender, and 1.5 feet of storage space behind the seat.

Upping the ante on utility is a segment-exclusive rear-seat-delete option, which provides a flat, heavy-duty, washable load floor and secure in-cab storage. This seat-less option is targeted for commercial applications.

Along with the seat’s deletion, the rear heater duct and roof-mounted assist grips are removed. A wall finisher, locking storage unit and floor-mounted D-rings are added.

The standard rear seat is a 60/40-split folding bench. Front-seat offerings of buckets or split bench give the consumer the option of five- or six-passenger seating. Bucket seats are standard on PRO-4X and optional on SV models. Heated or heated/cooled front seats are available on PRO-4X, and heated front seats are an SV option. Access to the second row is convenient with rear-hinged doors that open a wide 170 degrees.

Standard power for the Titan and Titan XD is the 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 gas engine, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 5.6-liter delivers 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 394 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Estimated fuel economy is 15 miles per gallon city and 21 mpg highway. Properly equipped, the Titan King Cab has a 9,420-pound towing capacity and 1,640-pound payload capacity.

Titan XD models are available with a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. It cranks out 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm. Maximum towing is 12,510 pounds and payload capacity is 2,710 pounds. Fuel economy figures are not available.

Flexibility of Titan/Titan XD lineup offerings, with two efficient powertrain and multiple body selections makes Nissan a serious player in the competitive full-size-pickup market.

“It’s been particularly intriguing and inspiring,” said Diaz, “to see the renaissance if you will, the new awakening and the awareness of what we as a manufacturer had to do internally, in our house – throughout the walls and halls of Nissan — to really change the dynamics on how we think.”

Nissan has announced the final model of its Titan/Titan XD lineup -— the 2017 King Cab. All Titan and Titan XD King Cab pickups are offered with a 6.5-foot cargo box, in two- and four-wheel drive, and in three trim levels — S, SV and PRO-4X. Nissan’s King Cab features wide-opening rear doors, 60/40-split folding rear bench and available six-person seating. A rear-seat-delete option, targeted to the commercial consumer, allows for a flat cargo and secure in-cab storage. Motor Matters photo