Nissan unveiled a musclebound redesign of its Titan pickup at the Detroit Auto Show – the Titan XD. Designed to slot into the “white space” between light- and heavy-duty pickups, the XD is powered by a 310 horsepower Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel that delivers 555 pound-foot of torque and has a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.
Gizmag reported that the XD’s designers were aiming for something a little more “grown-up” and imposing than the original Titan, and there’s little doubt that they’ve succeeded. But it’s not all about the 20-inch alloy wheels and tough aesthetic, with elements like the one-piece bumper, rear tire wind deflectors and integrated spoilers promising improved aerodynamics compared with the original design, though mileage figures for the XD are not yet available.
In the back, LED rail lighting is featured and the dual lockable storage boxes have been moved into the bed for ease of use with camper shells or tonneau covers. There’s also an integrated gooseneck hitch that’s accessible through the bed and the storage boxes are waterproof and drainable for when the ice needs replacing.
There’s also plenty of tech options on hand to help drivers keep the XD’s extended 151.6-inch wheelbase under control.
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