Nissan Titan: New Models, New Upgrades
By: Larry Edsall
© 2007 PickupTruck.com
CHICAGO – For the 2008 model year, Nissan is doubling the number
of full-size Titan pickup trucks it offers, and even more variations figure
to be on their way through the product pipeline.
The new Titans are long-wheelbase models: a Crew Cab with a seven-foot
bed and a King Cab with an eight-foot bed. Both were shown in public for
the first time here at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.
Previously, Crew Cabs were available only with a 5-foot, 6-inch bed and
King Cabs with a bed only 6-foot-6 in length.
But now, with their added length, the newest versions of the Titan can
carry things such as motorcycles, quads and even 4x8 sheets of building
material with the tailgate in its upright and locked position.
is a logical step for us,” says Larry Dominique, who not that long
ago went from being head of product planning for Nissan’s trucks
to vice president of product and strategic planning for all of Nissan
(and Infiniti) North American vehicles, cars and trucks.
But, we wonder, are there more steps coming, and just how soon?
Dominique holds his hands out in front of him to represent the spectrum
of full-size pickups. On one hand, he says, are entry-level pickups with
V6 engines and short beds. On the other hand, he says, are $55,000 crew
cabs with eight-foot beds, torque-rich diesel engines and dualie rear
The overall segment counts more than two million sales a year though,
Dominique notes, as we move from one hand toward the other, “sales
As a newcomer to the full-size pickup marketplace, Nissan designed the
Titan to compete for a specific segment of the spectrum. It disdained
the base truck for one with a powerful V8 engine and such innovations
as spray-in bed liners and wide-opening rear access doors. Once launched
and established, the plan was to expand step by step into other segments
and thus the new long-wheelbase models, which stretch the wheelbase by
19.6 inches (to 159.4 inches) and overall length by 19.7 inches (244.3
inches). The longer trucks also get new 37-gallon fuel tanks
all 2008 Titans get a revised front bumper and headlamps; new wheels,
including a new 20-inch option; front brakes with a larger swept area,
Dominique underscores, than those on the new Toyota Tundra; revised interiors
featuring a new center stack, an optional 350-watt Rockford Fosgate audio
package with Bluetooth hands-free telephone and XM satellite radio; enhanced
NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) control, and higher gross vehicle weight