Nissan Debuts V8 Diesel-Powered 2016 Titan XD in Detroit

After incessantly teasing the 2016 Titan with videos and photos, Nissan has finally revealed its all-new pickup at the Detroit auto show. Along with it, the manufacturer is also announcing the availability of a 5.0-liter Cummins V8 diesel engine that it says allows the model to “carve out a new class of full-size truck between current heavy-duty and light-duty offerings.”

The model variation they chose to unveil is the XD, which is positioned above conventional half-ton trucks, but below something like a Chevy Silverado 2500. It’s the first one to go on sale, but as you’d imagine, multiple variations will follow – this is, after all, a completely redesigned model, so they’re making the most of it and adding more versions along the line.

The 5.0-liter V8 turbo diesel engine makes 310 hp and 555 lb-ft or 752 Nm and grants the XD a towing capacity of 12,000 lbs. The engine will be exclusively available in the XD model, but it will be complimented by the V6 and V8 petrol alternatives that will power other versions.

Aside from its new design and engine, the Titan also sports a lot of electronics onboard too. Stuff like a rear-view camera with trailer guides, surround-view system (with moving object detection capability) and a Trailer Light Check system can be specified, as can blind spot warning and a Rear Sonar System.

That’s pretty much it as far as release information goes. Keep in mind that the model in the photos below is the crew cab, with king cab and other variations coming after launch.

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  • rover10

    As I predicted a few weeks ago, this product would be strong visually, unlike the latest Toyota! Titan will be a serious competitor against Ford and GM equivalents.

    • Bo Hanan

      No it won’t. Current Titan owners will buy it and maybe some of Nissans
      small truck owners will buy. No body is leaving Ford, Chevy or even Toyota.
      Consider this: Why buy the “knock-off” when you can have the real deal?

  • YipYap

    There is a unique kind of ugly going on here. Wow.

    • Six_Tymes

      yeah, F150 look alike gone wrong.

  • Bo Hanan

    F150 by Nissan, which is not similar to the F150, (Tundra) by Toyota.
    Asian car companies have no shame in stealing US car/truck designs.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like that there’s one with a less chrome-y schnoz. Other wise, yep, looks like a big pickup.

  • NG212

    Totally copied F150 head- and taillight designs.

  • Six_Tymes

    nice looking F-150

  • RDS Alphard

    I thought the XD is a emoticon , lol

  • 3rdworldjunkie

    Not looking bad at all…

  • Eunos

    Too american and fordish. Although, I like it

  • rover10

    To say this will not penetrate the market any more than the old model, is a bold statement. I for one think this new iteration will prove profitable for Nissan.

  • genius

    uglier even than i expected.

  • gcsma

    At first I thought it was a missed opportunity, but after looking at it a few times, it makes some of the other half tons look old already. I actually might go as far as saying it looks very good in the all gray photos (photo’s 14-16 I think).

  • spyderdrifter

    Nissan made the Titan look like crap now and looks too much like something blended with F150 and Ford’s heavy duty series. Don’t like how Nissan has made either of their trucks look recently and would rather have the older models of each.

  • BW

    :Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but not so much in this case. The styling ques from Ford and Ram are to obvious. The original Titan was a breath of fresh air. To bad they didn’t update the original styling with more quality materials and more advanced technologies.
    The grill material looks cheap as it does on the Ram and could be better. The original dash design was much more pleasing to the eye and with better materials it would have been much more attractive than the design they copied. Same for the seats.
    The use of high strength steel in the frame is positive and I actually like the Nissan head lights more than the F150’s design. Perhaps they should of allowed more input from Nissan on the styling ques and the results would have been more positive.

  • BW

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but not in
    this case. The styling cues are from Ford and Ram are too obvious.
    The original Nissan Titan styling was a breath of fresh
    air and aged well. Nissan should have done a better job of keeping it current with the competition. Perhaps they would have been better off allowing more input from Nissan on the interior and exterior styling instead of copying Ford and Ram. The market needs some fresh styling and Nissan has done well with their other styling efforts.
    The grill material looks cheap as it does on the Ram. The dash and seats from the prior Titan were more attractive in my opinion but needed upgraded materials and current technology incorporated. What happened to clean
    lines and pleasing design?
    Nissan’s use of high strength steel and their new diesel engine are positive updates with their improved towing capacity, a major step forward. I actually like the Nissan head lights more than the new F150.
    Hopefully, from the numerous negative and positive comments, Nissan will be able to continue improving their product in the near future.

  • BW

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but not in
    this case. The styling cues from Ford and Ram are too obvious.
    The original Nissan Titan styling was a breath of fresh
    air and aged well. Nissan should have done a better job of keeping it current with the competition. Perhaps they would have been better off allowing more input from Nissan on the interior and exterior styling instead of copying Ford and Ram. The market could use some fresh styling. Nissan’s styling has been aggressive and refreshing on many of their other products, and the Titan is lacking that.
    The grill material looks cheap as it does on the Ram. The dash and seats from the prior Titan were more attractive in my opinion but needed upgraded materials and current technology incorporated. What happened to clean lines and pleasing design?
    Nissan’s use of high strength steel and their new diesel engine are positive updates with their improved towing capacity, a major step forward. I actually like the Nissan head lights more than the new F150.
    Hopefully, from the numerous negative and positive comments, Nissan will be able to continue improving their product in the near future.

  • InSynergy

    Titan (XD) looks ugly-pretty by the hundreds of blinks i did. It looked Ford-ish, and less innovative, but at least they have tried their best. But change the steer, please.

  • Guest

    it does everything right but it will never win over american truck buyers ! their more faithful then car buyers

  • Todd Williams

    Oh, this design is unfortunate. The front fascia looks like that of a Honda Element on steroids.

  • Billy Farmer

    well this thing looks nice but Nissan seems to have copy a lot of styling cues from ford imo !

    • the Nissan new car pickup design looks galant and more macho

      • i’m agree, ride Nissan look cool

  • the car design seem impressive, more muscle I think

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think this is the second best looking truck now in its class. The F-150 in Lariat or higher trim is still the best looking imo. But this will look right at home in the suburbs, sporting occasions, or at your local home depot. I do see these selling at the expense of traditional offerings in this market. But I see it selling most at the expense of the Toyota Tundra, who is not only aging, but seems to be just a life-style truck at most.

  • Raul V

    Looks like one of those Chinese car companies making a cheap copy of the F-150