Nissan has finally taken the wraps off its new Titan half-ton.
The brand revealed the Titan XD, a heavy-duty version of the truck last year and now it has chosen the Chicago Auto Show to pull the sheet from the standard-sized truck. Based on its GVWR, the XD is a three-quarter ton truck, while the standard Titan will be a direct competitor with the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado half tons.
The Titan’s chassis is 228.1-inches long, about 11.8-inches shorter than the XD, though the trucks have the same width at 79.5 inches. Larger brakes and thicker axles on the XD mark the other two major differences between the two versions of the truck.
A 5.6-liter V8 with 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque will be available with the non-XD Titan, linked to a seven-speed automatic. A V6 engine option will be announced later. Buyers looking for the 5.0-liter Cummins diesel will have to spring for the Titan XD, which can also be equipped with the gas-burning V8.
Nissan has expanded the Titan’s range of combinations as well, now offering crew cab, king cab and single cab configurations along with 5.5-, 6.5- and 8-foot boxes. Crew cab versions of the Titan measure in with a 139.8-inch wheelbase and a height of 77.2-inches.
Nissan’s assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi will build the Titan half-ton, which goes on sale in the summer of 2016.
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