Nissan Titan

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Nissan Titan
2008 Nissan Titan crew cab
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2004–present
Assembly Canton, Mississippi, United States
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style 2-door truck
4-door truck
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Nissan F-Alpha platform
Engine 5.6 L VK56DE V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase SWB: 139.8 in (3,551 mm)
LWB: 159.4 in (4,049 mm)
Length 2004-07: 224.2 in (5,695 mm)
2008-present SWB: 224.6 in (5,705 mm)
LWB: 244.3 in (6,205 mm)
Width 2004-07: 78.8 in (2,002 mm)
2008-present: 79.5 in (2,019 mm)
Height 2004-07 King Cab 4WD: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2004-07 Crew Cab 4WD: 76.7 in (1,948 mm)
2004-07 King Cab 2WD: 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
2004-07 Crew Cab 2WD: 75.1 in (1,908 mm)
2008-present King Cab 4WD SWB: 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
King Cab 4WD LWB: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
2008-present Crew Cab SWB: 74.7 in (1,897 mm)
Pro-4X King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2008-present LE King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.4 in (1,941 mm)
2008-present King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
LE King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.8 in (1,900 mm)
Curb weight 5,038 lb (2,285 kg)[1]
Related Infiniti QX
Nissan Frontier
2005 Nissan Titan King Cab
2008 Nissan Titan crew cab long bed

The Nissan Titan introduced in 2004, is a full-size pickup truck produced for the North American market by Nissan. The truck shares the stretched Nissan F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, and is manufactured in Canton, Mississippi, United States.

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Market and sales

The Titan is not intended to challenge the big 3 "Detroit Trucks" in sales numbers, but rather is meant to be an alternative to them and provide Nissan with some in-roads into the highly competitive truck market. The name "Titan" was chosen to make up for the unsuitable name, "Junior." Template:Citation needed

Consumers in the south central part of the United States, which includes Texas, account for nearly 25% of Titan's sales in the United States.

Specifications

Models and equipment

All Titans come standard with a 32 Valve 5.6L engine, VK56DE, which generates (305 hp early models 2004-2006) 317 hp and 385 ft lbft of torque. The Titan has a fully boxed ladder frame and is available in either rear wheel drive or a shift on the fly four wheel drive system coupled with a 5-speed RE505A automatic transmission. An automatic brake limited slip (ABLS) is available on all Titans. The Titan is available as a King Cab or a Crew Cab with a full size back seat, no regular cab is available. The King Cab features a 6'7" bed, and the Crew Cab features a 5'7" or 6'7 bed with a 7 foot bed available on xe models. There are four models available including XE, SE, Pro-4x, and LE. The XE is a base model, SE is a mid-level model with many features, the PRO-4X is Nissan's version oriented towards the off road enthusiast, and the top level LE is the high end luxury.

Features

features available on the truck include:

  • Navigation system
  • DVD player with screen
  • Side airbags
  • Pro-4X Off-road package
  • Traction Control
  • Sunroof
  • Big Tow Package- with transmission temp. gauge
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Leather Split Power Bench Seat
  • Utili-Track bed rail system
  • Lockable Bedside Storage Box
  • Leather- appoined heated captains chairs with console automatic shifter
  • Rear sonar warning system
  • Automatic windows down with key fob
  • Power Adjustable Pedals
  • Flexible Fuel Vehicle
  • 168 degree king cab rear door openings
  • Telescoping tow mirrors

Safety

The Titan has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA for driver frontal crash, and a 4-star rating for passenger frontal crash.

  • Head Injury Criterion
    • Driver: 488
    • Passenger: 579
  • Chest Deceleration (Gs)
    • Driver: 43
    • Passenger: 42
  • Femur Load l/r1 (lb)
    • Driver: 723/532
    • Passenger: 495/212
  • Vehicle Dynamic countrol standard on 2010 Models and Up
  • Side and Front Air Bags standard on 2010 Models and Up
  • Antilock Brakes standard on all Titans

Performance

  • Braking equipment
    • Front: 12.6 in. (320 mm) ventilated discs (upgraded to 13.8 in. in 2008)
    • Rear: 12.6 in. (320 mm) discs
  • Braking performance
    • 70 mph (110 km/h) - 0: 190 ft (59 m)
    • 60 mph (97 km/h) - 0: 152 ft (42 m)
  • Acceleration
    • 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h): 6.7 [2]
    • 1/4 mile (~400 m): 15.3 s at 89 mph (143 km/h) [2]
  • Top speed: Electronically Limited 115 mph (185 km/h)
  • Lateral acceleration: 0.69 g [2]

Receptions

Upon its release, the Titan was praised for its combination of a roomy interior, strong towing capacity, aggressive styling, and innovative features, such as wide opening rear doors in the King Cab, factory sprayed-on bedliner, and a lockable storage compartment outside the bed on the driver's side. It was listed by Edmunds.com as the best full-size truck. The Titan was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2004.

Future model

There had been some uncertainty about the future of the Titan especially after the fuel prices skyrocketed, at first Nissan was going to base the 2011 Titan off the Dodge Ram but the deal fell through and Nissan has begun work on the next version of the Titan in house which will make an appearance around the 2013-2014 Model years. In an article posted by Autoblog on January 13, 2010, Larry Dominique (Nissan's Vice President of Product Planning) said that Nissan is now focusing on creating the next Titan internally, and indicated that it wouldn't be ready until 2014. In November 2009, Carlos Ghosn (CEO of Nissan) stated that the Titan will survive. "Ghosn went on to reveal that it could be designed and built completely in-house at Nissan or with a new partner, though the specifics haven’t been finalized."

As of 2011, the Nissan Titan's body is currently being used as a mule to test a new Cummins-built 2.8L 4-cylinder turbodiesel that promises to comply with even the strictest diesel standards at the present time (Tier2 Bin2). Cummins, in partnership with Nissan, are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy in a project through 2014 where the Nissan Titan test mule will be tested with this engine for power and economy. Thus far, it generates 350 pounds-feet of Torque at 1,800 RPM. The targeted output numbers are 220 Horsepower and 380 lb-ft of Torque and a combined/average fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon. [3]

Criticism

The Titan has drawn criticism for its limited body styles. In contrast to other full-sized pickups, the vehicle does not offer a Regular Cab, and is only available with the King Cab and Crew Cab models. The Titan is only available with the 5.6L V8, and does not have a V6 engine.

Awards and recognition

References

  1. "2005 Nissan Titan Specifications - Complete Specs & Data at". Internetautoguide.com. http://www.internetautoguide.com/car-specifications/09-int/2005/nissan/titan/index.html. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kavanagh, Jason (2007-01-19). "Comparison Test: 2007 Half-Ton Pickup Trucks". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=119281/pageNumber=6. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. "Update 2: Cummins, Feds Developing Four-Cylinder Diesel for Nissan Titan - PickupTrucks.com News". News.pickuptrucks.com. 2011-05-18. http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2011/05/cummins-feds-developing-four-cylinder-diesel-for-nissan-titan.html. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  4. "Edmunds.com's Most Significant Vehicles, 1966-2006". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/40thanniversary/index.html. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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