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Future Truck: 2010 Nissan Titan
By: Mark Stehrenberger and Mike Levine Posted: 11-04-07 22:00 PT
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Nissan plans to redesign its big Titan pickup for the 2010 model year to compete with the latest full size trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, and Toyota.

Nissan wants to toughen up the Titan's looks similar to that of Jeep and Hummer, whose utilitarian styling is well accepted by truck buyers. The swoopy, stylish windshield of the current model gives way to a smaller and more upright design. A larger grille protrudes forward considerably to give the truck a more aggressive 'get-out-of-my-way' stance'. There will be larger wheels and more chrome all-around as well.

The interior will be reworked and made to look military-like but with all of the comfort of the current Titan. The pickup is also expected to borrow Infiniti's innovative Around View Monitor (AVM) technology, that uses four small cameras to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle to help reduce blind spots when parking.

Look for Nissan to offer a light duty diesel V8 under the hood. Truck and engine maker Navistar has often been mentioned as the engine supplier, the same company that builds Power Stroke diesels for Ford's Super Duty pickups. A V6 gas engine is also expected to be a new powertrain option for King Cab models. No word yet on what's in store for the 317-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 - the only engine offered in the Titan today - but we're expecting a power increase to 350-hp or more.

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