room for doubt about its lofty goals in the full-size truck segment, Nissan
debuted the 2004 Titan Crew Cab pickup with claims of the most interior
space and legroom in its class in addition to expected class-leading acceleration,
towing power and fuel economy.
seems to have gotten the Titan's proportions right, a tricky tightrope
manufacturers face between aesthetics and passenger comfort, and practicality
and utility when designing a full-size crew cab. The 5' 7" bed wraps
neatly around the cabin and features a channel system to quickly install
work or recreational accessories.
senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America,
says, "the Titan is a true full-size pickup. We expect it will appeal
to new and existing full-size truck buyers." And, taking a quick
swipe at Toyota, Connelly added, "buyers have never had a chance
to own a full-size import. the Titan is that truck."
seating in the back of the Crew Cab can be folded up to provide a secure
space for owners to store their belongings. This contrasts with the 2004
Toyota Tundra Double Cab's fold-down rear seats although the early
build Titan shown here in New York featured both fold-down or up options.
The nearly flat rear load floor is barely interrupted by the hump of the
expects 100,000 Titan's to be built by the end of the 2004 model year
but that figure could be revised upward depending, "on where the
market wants us to go." The production run will be split 60/40 between
King and Crew Cab configurations. A standard cab will not be an option.
the Titan didn't stop with the addition of two extra doors. The Titan
is also expected to be the first full-size pickup to offer optional DVD-based
navigation, a fold-down front-passenger seat that can double as a desk
and an on-demand electronic locking rear differential for 4x4 equipped
models. A 'high-stance' 4x2 Titan will also be available but only with
a limited-slip rear diff.
a future diesel engine option, Connelly mentioned, "we are always
looking to move forward and will explore every possibility."
Crew Cab follows the debut of the Titan
King Cab this past January in Detroit at the North American International