2017 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab

At the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Nissan officially unveiled its new 2017 Titan pick-up truck, which is the smaller sibling to the full-size Titan XD. Available initially as a Crew Cab variant, the Single and King Cab variants will join the Titan’s line-up within the model year.

Design-wise, the Titan Crew Cab “shares its aggressive style with the Titan XD, but the two vehicles are completely different underneath the skin,” according to Nissan. That’s because the half-tonne Titan is built on a separate chassis from the larger Titan XD pick-up.

Measuring both trucks, the Titan Crew Cab is 373 mm shorter than the Titan XD (5,794 mm vs 6,167 mm) and 38 mm lower (1,961 mm vs 1,999 mm). Both have the same width at 2,019 mm. The Titan’s wheelbase measures 300 mm less compared to the Titan XD at 3,551 mm. Three bed lengths are offered here – 1,676 mm, 1,981 mm and 2,438 mm.

A revised version of Nissan’s 5.6 litre Endurance V8 lurks under the hood, now featuring the company’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology and direct injection. The engine’s compression rate has also been increased to 11.2:1 from the previous 9.8:1 thanks to a new piston design.

Nissan’s Multi Control Valve replaces the traditional thermostat to help with the management of the thermal efficiency of the new engine. These changes sees a power output of 390 hp at 5,800 rpm (up from 317 hp) and 544 Nm at 4,000 rpm (up from 522 Nm). The same engine is also now offered on the Titan XD V8 Gas (joining the 5.0 litre Cummins V8 turbodiesel) and all-new 2017 Armada.

The V8 mill is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission on the Titan Crew Cab, with 4×2 and 4×4 drive configurations available. In the near future, a V6 petrol engine will be offered for the Titan.