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Today's Deal - Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan King Cabs for sale near you

What Edmunds Says

Additional engine choices and updated features should transform the 2016 Nissan Titan from also-ran to legitimate contender among full-size pickups.

Pros

A diesel V8 engine is confirmed and a new V6 is very likely; additional body styles.

Cons

Lack of a ground-up redesign could limit its potential; must make huge strides to catch up with competition.

Available Titan Models

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  • 3.5L V6 engine 
  • Automatic transmission 
  • Side/Curtain Airbags 
  • Stability Control 
  • Traction Control 

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What's New for 2016

The 2016 Nissan Titan gets a much-needed redesign that includes new body styles and an optional 5.0-liter diesel engine.

Introduction

Given the brand loyalty of American truck buyers, Detroit truckmakers could likely raise a standing army through a simple Twitter plea. Depending on brand, 30-40 percent of truck buyers return for a new model from their favorite brand (the Chevrolet Silverado engenders the fiercest support). Toyota and Nissan, try as they may, haven't significantly broken this bond. Nissan will make another attempt with the 2016 Nissan Titan, however, seeking to expand the truck's fan base with a thorough overhaul and additional features.

Chief among those changes: a V6 engine. The current Titan only offers a 5.6-liter V8 and, at 15 mpg combined, a not particularly fuel-efficient one. Nissan officials have not confirmed a V6, but the smart money bets on it. Ford, for example, offers the F-150 with two V6 options. Together they comprise more than half of F-150 sales. The Titan will also offer a 5.0-liter diesel V8 supplied by engine manufacturer Cummins, best known for the long service life and good fuel economy of its engines in Ram heavy-duty trucks. Nissan hasn't disclosed power figures yet, but early estimates suggest more than 300 horsepower and around 550 pound-feet of torque.

This will not be a full redesign in the typical sense, as the Titan will likely use an upgraded version of its existing platform. Barring an entirely new architecture -- unlikely given the production schedule -- Nissan will need to extract weight from the new truck to help increase fuel economy. That could include adjusting frame thickness, using lighter body panels, or -- depending on ambition -- spreading extensive aluminum throughout the platform.

Initially Nissan will offer the Titan in extended and crew cab models, although a regular cab should arrive by 2016. Nissan hopes lower-priced models lure skilled-trades buyers and minimize the current Titan's perception as a weekend toy hauler and not a serious workhorse.

With the Detroit Three holding sway over most full-size truck buyers and Toyota building a constituency, Nissan thinks there's still room for the Titan. To succeed, the 2016 Titan will need to offer competitive features and options. The Ram 1500, for example, has a smooth-riding coil spring suspension and a top-quality interior. The Ford F-150 offers the fuel-thrifty EcoBoost engine option and is also due for a full redesign in 2016.

For the Titan's first significant overhaul since sales began in 2003, Nissan will need to pull out some stops. A light-duty diesel engine is one way to stand out in the segment, along with features like Nissan's 360-degree around-view monitor.

The 2016 Nissan Titan should debut at the Detroit auto show next year. Check back for a full review of the Nissan Titan, including driving impressions, specs and buying advice as it becomes available.

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