NEW YORK – Following this year’s debut of the diesel Titan, Nissan rolls out the next model in its fullsize pickup lineup, the gasoline-engine ’17 Titan, this morning at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
The half-ton gas-powered Titan, due on sale this summer in the U.S., initially will come in a crew-cab configuration, with single and king cabs due later in the ’17 model year.
Despite all the hype surrounding the diesel-engine Titan XD, the half-ton gas model is the volume configuration, expected to account for 85%-90% of total sales, Nissan has said.
The truck rides on a chassis 15 ins. (381 mm) shorter than the Titan XD.
“We’ve said before that even the lug nuts are different from Titan to Titan XD,” Fred Diaz, vice president of sales for trucks-Nissan North America, says in a statement. “What’s important is that these two trucks are serving a completely different type of customer. As the head of Nissan’s light-commercial-vehicle program in the U.S, I’m thrilled to be getting this truck into the lineup as an option for fleets as well as for the personal-use buyer.”
As expected, the second-generation Titan retains the 5.6L V-8 from the outgoing model, but horsepower is upped to 390 from 385. Titan XD buyers will be able to select the gas V-8 in addition to the 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel already in market, Nissan says.
The Japanese automaker also confirms an optional gasoline V-6 will be available in the new Titan, with details to follow.
Nissan pairs the 5.6L to a 7-speed automatic for ’17, replacing the ’15 model’s 5-speed automatic.
The new Titan will be available in bed lengths of 5.5 ft., 6.5 ft. and 8 ft. (1.7, 2.0 and 2.4 m), S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trim levels, and 4x2 or 4x4 configurations.
Nissan will continue to assemble the Titan in Canton, MS, and the V-8 in Decherd, TN.
Pricing for the ’17 Titan crew cab is still to come, but an XD with the 5.6L begins at $35,290 for an S-grade 4x2 and hits $55,520 for a Platinum 4x4. Destination and handling is an additional $1,195. The 5.6L XD arrives at dealers in early spring.
Several option packages and accessories will be available for the gas-powered XD including all-season floormats ($145), a rear-seat DVD entertainment package ($2,190) and a bedliner with built-in storage ($985).
Nissan Titan sales reached their pinnacle in the U.S. in 2005, hitting 86,945 units, WardsAuto data shows. Sales last year fell 3.1% to 12,140.
Diaz and other Nissan executives have said sustaining Titan sales at 100,000 units annually is a goal for the second-generation truck.