Tow ratings for the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD have been quietly revealed by Nissan on its media website.
Spotted by TitanXDforums, Nissan lists the maximum tow rating for the XD at 12,314 pounds in base S trim when equipped with two-wheel drive. For now, all of the tow ratings released pertain to the diesel-powered Titan XD crew cab, the only model that will be initially available. Moving up in trim, the SV will be able to tow 12,164 lbs, while the PRO-4X off-road model can move 11,784 lbs. The SL and Platinum Reserve models are rated to pull 11,915 and 11,836 lbs, respectively. All of these tow ratings are for rear-wheel drive trucks. Opting for four-wheel drive will take about 276 lbs off the tow rating.
Nissan doesn’t specify whether or not these numbers are SAE J2807 certified, though when the truck launches, the towing limits will be determined using this industry standard testing procedure. For GVWR, the release lists the Titan from 8,800 to 8,950 lbs depending on trim.
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This number gives the truck a higher tow rating than any half-ton pickup truck, though if you consider the GVWR of 8,800 lbs., the Titan XD is actually classified as a class 2B, or three-quarter ton pickup truck.
The 2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost can pull 12,200 lbs on its hitch, while GM’s half-ton trucks can hitch up to 12,000 lbs.
The Titan XD is powered by a 5.0-liter Cummins V8 diesel that makes 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic. Unlike the other automakers who are making their trucks lighter and therefore allowing for more trailer weight, Nissan has added large 14-inch vented brake rotors, beefier axles, a larger frame and strengthened suspension to its Titan XD to better accommodate heavier loads. This results in a heavy curb weight of between 6,709 lbs and 7,480 lbs.
In comparison, the new F-150 has a curb weight range of between 4,051 lbs and 5,009 lbs.
We recently had the chance to drive the new Nissan Titan XD diesel, though our review of the truck won’t be released until Sunday, Nov.15. Check back for our impressions of the truck including a full video review.