According to a report in Automotive News, the rumors of Nissan growing its flagship pickup truck into a much larger and more aggressive looking truck are true. The photo we saw in the report looks very much influenced by some of the Ram pickup’s architecture and styling.
This should be no real surprise to anyone who knows anything about the musical chairs sometimes played by top automotive manufacturing company executives. Earlier this year, Fred Diaz, who was the CEO of Chrysler’s Ram Truck and Ram Commercial Division until he moved over to Nissan in 2013, is now the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Nissan USA.
It was widely reported that Diaz made requests for a number of changes to the next-Gen Titan that was already in early development to make sure the new truck (due out late in 2015 as a 2016 model) would be competitive with the domestic pickup trucks.
The all-new Nissan Titan is scheduled for debut January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. The spy shots that Automotive News obtained from KGP Photography clearly show Ram truck cues. The larger and lower headlights on the front fenders, a considerably larger front grille, and body styling more akin to its big-truck brethren, make it obvious that Nissan engineers and designers took Diaz’ advice.
Even better for big-truck fans is the fact that Nissan and Cummins long ago declared openly that a new Cummins-built 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 will be optional in the 2016 Nissan Titan engine line-up. The new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 will crank out close to 300 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
So what do you think? Could a bigger, bolder, more American-looking Nissan Titan with the 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 end up in your driveway? Let us know in the Comments section below.