is powered by a brand new 5.6-liter V8 engine sharing only its bore centers,
the distance between each cylinder, with it’s Infiniti V8 cousin
that also has the same displacement.
no mistake," says Larry
Dominique, Titan chief product specialist, "this engine is designed
as a truck engine with a high, flat and long torque curve that full-size
truck customers demand. Nissan will be best in class when it comes to
horsepower and torque," according to Dominique.
says Nissan is also gunning for best in class fuel economy. "We are
looking to beat (Toyota) Tundra's figures."
A V6 engine
will probably be added a few years after launch.
not stop at engine power and efficiency in its quest to be recognized
as a true full-size competitor.
says “We did not decide to enter the full-size truck segment as
an also ran. The intention is clear. Go after the heart of the market
with a truck that is more capable than any of the other offerings, with
the most desirable cab configurations."
cab the Titan has a dash slightly similar to Ford's new 2004
F-150. It features the first gated shifter for a truck, allowing drivers
to switch between 4th and 5th and 1st and 2nd gears with left to right
motions, preventing missed shifts that might occur when the shifter is
pulled straight up or down.
be four trim levels for the Titan. E will be a spartan utility trim, XE
will be geared for work trucks, SE will be for high volume sales and LE
will be for luxury buyers.
A bench or
bucket seats can be ordered for front passenger seating.
At its debut
the Titan will also offer a factory spray-on bedliner. Unlike spray-on
bedliners available through the automotive aftermarket that measure up
to 8-mm in thickness, Nissan's spray-on liner will only be 2-mm thick.
A special paint booth was created at the Canton, Mississippi factory to
apply the durable coating which will also be covered under the truck's
The bed also
features rolling dividers that move along channels and a rail system that
provides cargo tie-downs in many different configurations. The tie-downs
aren't special. You can buy from Home Depot, Lowes or other local suppliers.
a lockable storage panel on the driver's side rear quarter-panel that's
nearly watertight to store items like a trailer hitch, cargo box tie-downs
or other small to medium size items you don’t want in the cab or
rolling around in the truck's bed.
Two bed sizes
will be available at launch, 5-1/2 and 6-1/2-foot boxes, though the crew
cab version will only be available with the short box.
to sell 100,000 Titan's in its first fiscal year of availability (August
2004 - March 2005) after the truck goes on sale December 1, 2003.
told us, "The goal is to get 1 truck to the top 800 Nissan dealers
during the first four weeks of November."
just how big a truck the Titan is, Dominique says, "As part of this
prep time all Nissan dealers have been audited and their stores are being
upgraded to make sure their dealerships and repair shop lifts can handle
a truck as big as the Titan."
big in our book.
a better idea if the Titan is full size contender or pretender after we
drive it in June.