Nissan Titan

The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck manufactured in the United States for the North American market by Nissan. It was named for the Titans of Greek mythology.

Nissan Titan
2019 Nissan Titan XD Pro4X front NYIAS 2019.jpg
ProductionSeptember 21, 2003 – present
Model years2004–present
AssemblyUnited States: Canton, Mississippi
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size pickup truck
Body style2-door truck
4-door truck

First generation (A60; 2003–2015)Edit

First generation (A60)
ProductionSeptember 21, 2003 – 2015
DesignerGiovanny Arroba (2000)
Diane Allen (2001)[1]
Body and chassis
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformNissan F-Alpha
RelatedInfiniti QX
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Armada
Engine5.6 L VK56DE V8
Transmission5-speed automatic Jatco 5R05 transmission
WheelbaseSWB: 139.8 in (3,551 mm)
LWB: 159.4 in (4,049 mm)
Length2004-07: 224.2 in (5,695 mm)
2008-15 SWB: 224.6 in (5,705 mm)
LWB: 244.3 in (6,205 mm)
Width2004-07: 78.8 in (2,002 mm)
2008-15: 79.5 in (2,019 mm)
Height2004-07 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)
2008-15 King Cab 4WD SWB: 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
King Cab 4WD LWB: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
2008-15 Crew Cab SWB: 74.7 in (1,897 mm)
Pro-4X King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2008-15 LE King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.4 in (1,941 mm)
2008-15 King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
LE King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.8 in (1,900 mm)
Curb weight5,038 lb (2,285 kg)[2]

Development of the Titan began in September 1999, with design work under Diane Allen. Giovanny Arroba's TA60 exterior was chosen in late 2000, with a final production freeze in July 2001. The design language of the future truck was previewed by the 2001 Alpha T concept shown at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, which had previously developed through November 2000.

Production began on September 21, 2003 and sales on December 1, 2003.[3][4] The Titan used Nissan's new full-size F-Alpha platform. This new platform was shared with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, with all three manufactured in Canton, Mississippi, United States. The first generation Titan continued without a major redesign through 2015.


Models and equipmentEdit

All models came standard with a 32-valve, 5.6-liter engine, VK56DE, which generates 317 hp (236 kW) (305 hp or 227 kW on 2004–2006 models) and 385 lb⋅ft (522 N⋅m) of torque. The first generation Titan came equipped with a fully boxed ladder frame and was available in either rear-wheel drive or a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system coupled with a five-speed RE505A automatic transmission. An automatic brake-limited slip (ABLS) system was available on all Titans. The first generation was available as a King Cab (extended cab) or a crew cab with a full-sized back seat, with no regular cab being offered. The King Cab featured a 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) bed, while the crew cab had a 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) bed. In 2008, a longer wheelbase model was offered with either an 8-foot-3-inch (2.51 m) bed on the King Cab or a 7-foot-3-inch (2.21 m) bed on the crew cab. There were originally four trim levels available: the S, SV, Pro-4x, SE, and LE. The SE and LE trim was eventually replaced by the luxury SL trim. The S was the base model, the SV a mid-level model with more features, the PRO-4X was the off-road-oriented version, and the top level SL was offered with features like 20-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment.


2004 Nissan Titan King Cab
2008 Nissan Titan crew cab long bed

Features available on the first generation included:

  • Bluetooth hands-free
  • Navigation system
  • DVD player with screen
  • Side airbags
  • Pro-4X off-road package
  • Traction control
  • Sunroof
  • Big tow package with transmission temperature gauge and telescoping mirrors
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Leather split power bench seat
  • Utili-Track bed rail system
  • Lockable bedside storage box
  • Leather-appointed heated captains chairs with console automatic shifter
  • Rear sonar warning system
  • Automatic windows down with key fob
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • Flex fuel
  • 168-degree king cab rear door openings


The first generation Titan carried a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for driver frontal crash, and a four-star rating for passenger frontal crash.

  • Vehicle dynamic control standard on 2010 models and up
  • Side and front airbags standard on 2010 models and up
  • Antilock brakes standard on all

Second generation (H61; 2016–present)Edit

Second generation (H61)
ProductionNovember 20, 2015 – present (Titan XD)
Model years2016–present
AssemblyUnited States: Canton, Mississippi
DesignerRandy Rodriguez[5] (exterior: 2012)
Diane Allen (2012, 2013)[6]
Fred Diaz (executive consultant: 2013)[7]
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size pickup truck
Body style
PlatformY62/Nissan F-Alpha platform
RelatedNissan NV
Nissan Armada
Nissan Patrol Y62
Infiniti QX56/QX80
(Titan XD Only) (2016 - 2019)
Transmission6-speed automatic Aisin A466ND transmission (diesel)
7-speed RE7R01B automatic transmission (gasoline)(2015-2019)
9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission (2020-present)

The second-generation Titan was to be a lightly reskinned, rebadged version of the Dodge Ram, but those plans fell through with the 2008 worldwide financial crisis.[8][9][10]

Nissan unveiled the second generation Titan at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.[11] The company targeted 5 percent market share, or 100,000 annual sales in U.S.[12] Sales reached 21,880 units in 2016.[12]

The standard engine is a 5.6-liter V8 gasoline engine.[13] The engine increased in power compared to the previous model, producing 390 hp (290 kW) and 394 lb⋅ft (534 N⋅m) of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic. Additionally, through the end of 2019,[14] the second-generation Titan offered a 310-horsepower (230 kW) Cummins 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 that produces almost 555 lb⋅ft (752 N⋅m) of torque. The engine is referred to as the ISV.[15]

The second-generation Titan is available in two forms, regular and XD. The XD version is built on a heavy-duty frame based on Nissan's commercial vehicle line and includes the Cummins diesel engine as an option. The platform is shared with the Nissan NV.


Three different cab styles are offered for the Titan and Titan XD: a two-door regular cab, four-door King (extended) Cab, and four-door crew cab. The four-door crew cab models were the first trucks to debut, followed by the King Cab and regular cab. Trim levels for the Titan and Titan XD are S, SV, Pro-4X (4X4 only), SL, and Platinum Reserve. The regular cab was only available with either S or SV trim levels, while the King Cab was only available with S, SV, or PRO-4X. The crew cab was available with all trim levels.

All Titan and Titan XD models come well-equipped, with standard equipment such as Bluetooth for both hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming via A2DP, air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, push-button ignition, and a rearview backup camera system. Options include a touchscreen audio system with GPS navigation (standard equipment for 2019), SiriusXM Satellite Radio, keyless access, an electronically-locking rear tailgate, remote start, alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heating and ventilation, power front seats, a premium audio system, wood interior trim, a trailer tow package with integrated trailer brake control, and chrome front and rear bumpers and front grille.

For 2019, all Titan and Titan XD models received a new infotainment system as standard equipment, featuring GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a seven-inch color touchscreen display, and the optional Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system was replaced with a new Fender premium audio system (this marks the first time a Fender audio system is available on a vehicle from a manufacturer other than Volkswagen).

2020 refreshEdit

For 2020, Nissan will unveil a refreshed Titan and Titan XD. Nissan first released a "teaser" image on its North American website, saying that the 2020 Titan will be "coming soon".[16] For 2020, the regular cab model is dropped from both the standard and XD lines, and King Cab models of the Titan XD will no longer be available. The 5.0 L Cummins turbodiesel V8 engine that is currently available on the heavier-duty Titan XD will also be discontinued, leaving only the 5.6 L "Endurance" gasoline V8.[17] A new nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous seven-speed automatic transmission.[18]


In early 2019, Nissan announced to reduce production shifts of Nissan Titan and Frontier pickup trucks from three to two in order to match demand and adjust inventory.[19] About 700 contract workers were affected.[19]


Calendar year United States
2010 23,416[20]
2011 21,994[20]
2012 21,576[21]
2013 15,691[21]
2014 12,527[22]
2015 12,140[22]
2016 21,880[23]
2017 52,924[23]
2018 50,549[24]
2019 31,514[24]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ O'Dell, John (June 15, 2003). "Along for the Ride". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Tesla hires top designer Randy Rodriguez, man behind: Nissan 370Z, Titan and ICON A5 aircraft". Electrek. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
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  14. ^ "Nissan Discontinues Diesel Titan". Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Cummins 5.0 Turbo V8". Retrieved 21 August 2013.
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  18. ^ "2020 Nissan Titan".
  19. ^ a b "Nissan to lay off 700 contract workers in Mississippi". Reuters. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Nissan & Infiniti Dec. 2011". Nissan USA Official Media Newsroom. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Nissan Group reports December 2013 and 2013 calendar year U.S. sales". Nissan USA Official Media Newsroom. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Nissan Group reports December 2015 and 2015 calendar year U.S. sales". Nissan USA Official Media Newsroom. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Nissan Group reports December 2017 and 2017 calendar year U.S. sales". Nissan USA Official Media Newsroom. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Nissan Group reports December 2019 and 2019 calendar year U.S. sales". Nissan USA Official Media Newsroom. Retrieved February 21, 2020.

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