First Drive: 2016 Nissan Titan XD

Not quite a real heavyduty (although with a curb weight as large as 7,480 lbs plus a GVWR up to 8,800 pounds, the stout XD has sufficient mass to accommodate), but more truck than the normal ton, the Titan XD is poised to fill in a blank space on the marketplace which has basically been abandoned by the standard ton trucks as they battled it out at the capacity wars. Ten years ago, ton trucks had tow ratings in the 12,000pound range; they now begin at 14,000 and just climb from there. What's a truck buyer to do if he feels the ton trucks are too much of a step up in capability and price, although that the ton trucks are a little lightweight for his needs? Nissan believes it has the answer with the Titan XD.

Nissan will leave it up to your imagination as to what the "XD" stands for. We like to think of it but you can imagine it as a livable ton — a variant of Chevy 1500HD trucks or the Ford F250LD of yore. To say the truck ought to be pitted against the Ford F250 and Chevy Silverado 2500HD would be to miss this Titan XD's point . Nissan doesn't wish to steal the sales crown or get with Ram and Chevy. Nissan would like to make a truck that carve out a market share at the pickup component of its business and is suitable for the requirements of a group of truck buyers. If you want to know more about truck tool box top mount, just look into uws dog boxes.

What makes the Titan an XD? To be clear, this isn't the ton Titan replacement that is forthcoming. That variant, while sharing a number of beds and the taxi is gasolineonly truck, and a smaller, lighter. The XD has chassis that does not share a single bolt with its stablemate and a front clip. The Titan XD also packs the punch of an optional 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V8 churning up 310 hp and 555 lbft of torque, backed up with a sixspeed Aisin transmission. A 5.6L petrol V8 engine will join the lineup at a later date. The XD is capable of towing up to 12,314 lbs (as determined from the J2807 standard) depending on settings. Naturally, everything will depend on drivetrain and trim; the towing of a crew cab PRO4X falls down to 11,784 lbs.