February 11, 2016, 11:55 AM
Nissan continues its push of its full-sized vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan Titan pickup and Nissan Armada sport utility at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
The anticipated introductions follow the previous year’s introduction of the Titan XD heavy-duty pickup (at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit).
The new Nissan Titan slots in at the core of the pickup market, working with the XD’s more commercially-minded or trailering-intended buyers to cover about 85% of the full-sized pickup segment. Although there is a family resemblance between the two, as well as cabin commonalities, they are built on different chasses.
“There’s a strong family resemblance between Titan XD and the Titan, with their shared rugged exterior style,” said Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning for Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. and Chief Product Specialist for Titan and Titan XD. “The Titan and Titan XD do not share any common chassis components. Even the lugnuts are different.”
The Titan crew cab, for example, is 5794 mm long and rides on a 3550-mm wheelbase, whereas Titan XD is 6167 mm and 3850, respectively. Width is identical at 2019 mm, and height is about an inch and a half lower at 1961 mm.
Titan will come in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations for regular cab King Cab (extended cab) and Crew Cab cabin styles. It will also have three bed lengths available (5.5-, 6.5- and 8-foot), in accordance with the cabin styles, and multiple trim levels — S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum — to match those of the XD models.
The biggest difference is in engines, with the Titan not available with the 310-hp Cummins 5.0-litre turbodiesel V-8 found in the XD model. It will make do with a 5.6-litre Endurance V-8 capable of 390 hp (though it will only manage 401 lb-ft of torque, not the 555 of the turbodiesel), which will also likely find its way into the XD at a later time. A V-6 will be available for the half-ton Titan at a later date.
Titan goes on sale in summer 2016, likely as a 2017 model.
At around the same time, Nissan will also begin selling the full sized 2017 Armada, a totally new take on Nissan’s flagship sport utility.
The new Nissan Armada moves on from the Titan truck platform to one shared with the newly-rebranded Infiniti QX80, both of which are versions of the global Nissan Patrol (as the full-sized Infiniti SUV has been for six years).
Befitting a completely new vehicle, the 2017 Armada is new inside, outside, within and without, featuring new safety and convenience features such as Predictive Forward Collision (collision warning with automated braking), Backup Collision Intervention (cross-traffic alert), Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, and Blind Spot Warning and Intervention.
“With the introduction of the all-new, second-generation Armada full-size SUV, the last piece of Nissan’s transformation of its SUV and crossover lineup falls into place,” said Phil O’Connor, Director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re particularly proud that with this new Armada we’re setting a new standard in class, offering advanced safety and security features usually reserved for much higher priced luxury sedans or premium SUVs.”
The all-new 4-wheel-drive 8-seat Armada will again be available in Platinum trim level, but will also come in the lower SL level in the U.S. Standard features include a large touchscreen in the middle of the instrument panel to offer controls over entertainment, climate control and Navigation with real time traffic and weather alerts. A 13-speaker audio system and heated front seats are also standard.
Special attention to interior comfort was given to levels of noise and temperature, achieved through the use of acoustic glass and more sound absorption materials.
Armada shares the 390-hp 5.6-litre V-8 (linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission) with the new Titan, enabling it to tow 3,855 kg (when properly equipped).
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