You heard it right. A Diesel Nissan Titan, dubbed the XD. We’ve been hearing rumors of Nissan or Toyota putting a diesel engine in one of the North American trucks for quite some time now. Nissan and Cummins came together on this one to form a bada** ‘Heavy Half’ pickup truck.
I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend, who happens to work for Nissan, to come and take this truck through its paces.
On arrival to the dealership, the first thing I noticed was the extremely prominent front end. It looks like a Ford Superduty and a Chevy HD spent a night together. With this is the demon love child of the two. However the side and back profiles still resemble the past Titans, which is still incredibly good looking.
As I did my walk around, inspecting everything I could think of, I have to admit; I’m impressed with the build quality. It is as stout as any other ‘Big Three’ brand diesel trucks. I was especially pleased when I popped the hood, only to have a gorgeous 5.0 liter, turbo-diesel V8 starring right back at me. I grinned from ear to ear, listing the possibilities of this motor, or the truck itself.
After a solid hour of visual inspections, checking out the cockpit and features the PRO 4X model has, I got the keys! As I turned it over, I almost had to check my gauges to make sure it was running! Cummins, outdid themselves with this motor, you can barely hear it at idle.
The Titan had excellent street manners in stop and go traffic. Easy and quick to accelerate, firm and responsive brakes, tight steering, what more could you ask for? As it turns out, plenty. The amenities are abundant: Electronic Differential Locker in the rear, Hill Descent Control, Switch-operated 2-speed transfer case 4-wheel drive, Heated and Cooled seats. The list is near endless. Anyone would be comfortable taking this truck on a long haul.
I was most surprised when I put my foot down hard on the go-pedal. Turbo lag was almost non-existent and the truck took off like a rocket. It’s quicker than any stock diesel has a right to be, all the while packing over 550 ftlbs of torque!
After everything was said and done, I can honestly say the Nissan Titan XD is on my wish list. It is the perfect pickup for anyone looking for that extra bump over gas powered trucks, but doesn’t need all the power of a full ¾ or 1 ton truck.
If you happen to be in the market, the Titan should be on your list. At a base starting price of around $40,000, it’s fairly priced and affordable.