After the plan to sell a new Titan derived from the Dodge Ram 1500 was canned a couple of years ago, Nissan‘s full-size pickup has remained somewhat in limbo. For the 2011 model year, the Titan will solider on with only minor updates, essentially 4×4 badging added to the tail gate of four-wheel drive models and revised names for trim levels – S, SV and SL in place of the previous (and familiar) XE, SE and LE.
For off-road fans, the Pro 4X will continue unchanged. Other than that, the 2011 will be much like the current Titan, employing just a single engine – a 5.6-liter single overhead cam V8 with 317 horsepower. It’s a flex fuel engine with E85 capability and Nissan claims that with it, the Titan can tow up to 9,500 lbs, but the lack of change and options compared with some rivals, especially Ford, Ram and GM, is likely to further hurt sales, which have trailed off considerably in the last few years. Rumors indicate that their might be an all new Titan by 2014, but by then the original will have been on the market for more than a decade with very few changes, which might hurt Nissan’s chance to gain new full-size truck customers.