The Nissan Titan has long sat at the back of the pickup truck pack in terms of sales, though the Japanese automaker is looking to change that with the all-new, made-in-America 2016 Titan. The big story for the next-gen Nissan pickup has been its 5.0 liter Cummins-built diesel V8, but those who prefer gas engines won’t be left out of the party either.
For 2016, the Nissan Titan and Titan XD will be available with the new, Tennessee-built “Advanced Endurance” 5.6 liter V8 gas motor. Making 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, this gutsy new motor is ready to rise to the challenge posed by its competitors.
“With this new engine, Nissan TITAN XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs – either the all-new Endurance V8 or the Cummins® diesel – two offerings that you won’t find on any other truck on the market today,” said Rich Miller, chief product specialist, TITAN, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s going to be a tough decision for TITAN XD customers between these two very durable, capable engines.”
This motor replaces the outgoing 5.6 liter V8 that made due with just 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. In addition to more horsepower, Nissan added its Variable Valve Event & Lift technology to the motor for better performance and throttle response. Direct Injection is also a factor for the Endurance V8, which Nissan hopes will deliver better fuel economy, along with a new 7-speed automatic transmission.
If fuel economy and torque are your main concerns though, you’d be better off opting for the 5.0 liter diesel V8. In addition to offering a staggering 555 lb-ft of torque, the diesel-powered Titan should deliver better fuel economy compared to equivalent trucks (despite being exempt from the EPA’s fuel economy ratings due to its heft). Nissan is putting a lot of effort behind the new Titan, but can Americans be pried away from some of the best trucks Ford, GM, and Chrysler have ever built?