to redesign its big Titan pickup for the 2010 model year to compete
with the latest full size trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC,
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.
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.