|Nissan Titan (TA60)|
|Production||September 21, 2003–present|
|Assembly||Canton, Mississippi, United States|
|Designer||Giovanny Arroba, Diane Allen (2001)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size pickup truck|
|Body style||2-door truck
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Nissan F-Alpha platform|
|Engine||5.6 L VK56DE V8|
|Wheelbase||SWB: 139.8 in (3,551 mm)
LWB: 159.4 in (4,049 mm)
|Length||2004-07: 224.2 in (5,695 mm)
2008-present SWB: 224.6 in (5,705 mm)
LWB: 244.3 in (6,205 mm)
|Width||2004-07: 78.8 in (2,002 mm)
2008-present: 79.5 in (2,019 mm)
|Height||2004-07 King Cab 4WD: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2004-07 Crew Cab 4WD: 76.7 in (1,948 mm)
2004-07 King Cab 2WD: 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
2004-07 Crew Cab 2WD: 75.1 in (1,908 mm)
2008-present King Cab 4WD SWB: 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
King Cab 4WD LWB: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
2008-present Crew Cab SWB: 74.7 in (1,897 mm)
Pro-4X King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2008-present LE King Cab 4x4 SWB: 76.4 in (1,941 mm)
2008-present King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
LE King Cab 2WD SWB: 74.8 in (1,900 mm)
|Curb weight||5,038 lb (2,285 kg)|
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck produced for the North American market by Nissan. The Titan was introduced in 2003 and introduced the full-size Nissan F-Alpha platform, shared with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, which are both derived from the Titan with all three manufactured in Canton, Mississippi, United States. Development began in September 1999, with design work in 2000 under Diane Allen. Giovanny Arroba's TA60 exterior was chosen, with a final production freeze in late 2001. The design language of the future truck was previewed by the 2001 Alpha T concept shown at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show. Production began on September 21, 2003 and sales on December 1, 2003.
Market and sales
The Titan is not intended to challenge the Big Three "Detroit Trucks" in sales numbers, and is meant to be an alternative to them and provide Nissan with some in-roads into the highly competitive truck market. The name "Titan" was chosen to provide that feel.
Consumers in the south central part of the United States, which includes Texas, account for nearly 25% of Titan's sales in the United States.
As of 2014 the Nissan Titan is sold in the NAFTA region in LHD only.
Models and equipment
All Titans come standard with a 32 Valve 5.6L engine, VK56DE, which generates 317 hp (236 kW) (305 hp (227 kW) on 2004-2006 models) and 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) of torque. The Titan has a fully boxed ladder frame and is available in either rear wheel drive or a shift on the fly four wheel drive system coupled with a 5-speed RE505A automatic transmission. An automatic brake limited slip (ABLS) is available on all Titans. The Titan is available as a King Cab or a Crew Cab with a full size back seat; no regular cab is available. The King Cab features a 6'7" bed, while the Crew Cab features a 5'7" or 7'3" bed. There were originally four models available: the S, SV, Pro-4x, SE and LE. The SE and LE trim levels have since been replaced by the luxury SL trim. The S is a base model, the SV is a mid-level model with many features, the PRO-4X is an off-road-oriented version, and the top level SL is filled with high end luxurious features, including 20" alloy wheels as standard.
features available on the truck include:
- Bluetooth hands free
- Navigation system
- DVD player with screen
- Side airbags
- Pro-4X Off-road package
- Traction Control
- Big Tow Package- with transmission temp. gauge and telescoping mirrors
- XM Satellite Radio
- Leather Split Power Bench Seat
- Utili-Track bed rail system
- Lockable Bedside Storage Box
- Leather- appointed heated captains chairs with console automatic shifter
- Rear sonar warning system
- Automatic windows down with key fob
- Power Adjustable Pedals
- Flexible Fuel Vehicle
- 168 degree king cab rear door openings
The Titan has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA for driver frontal crash, and a 4-star rating for passenger frontal crash.
- Head Injury Criterion
- Driver: 488
- Passenger: 579
- Chest Deceleration (Gs)
- Driver: 43
- Passenger: 42
- Femur Load l/r1 (lb)
- Driver: 723/532
- Passenger: 495/212
- Vehicle Dynamic countrol standard on 2010 Models and Up
- Side and Front Air Bags standard on 2010 Models and Up
- Antilock Brakes standard on all Titans
- Braking equipment
- Front: 12.6 in. (320 mm) ventilated discs (upgraded to 13.8 in. in 2008)
- Rear: 12.6 in. (320 mm) discs
- Braking performance
- 70 mph (110 km/h) - 0: 190 ft (59 m)
- 60 mph (97 km/h) - 0: 152 ft (42 m)
- 1/4 mile (~400 m): 15.3 s at 89 mph (143 km/h) 
- Top speed: Electronically Limited 115 mph (185 km/h)
- Lateral acceleration: 0.69 g 
Upon its release, the Titan was praised for its combination of a roomy interior, strong towing capacity, aggressive styling, and innovative features, such as wide opening rear doors in the King Cab, factory sprayed-on bedliner, and a lockable storage compartment outside the bed on the driver's side. It was listed by Edmunds.com as the best full-size truck. The Titan was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2004.
The Titan has been criticized for its limited body styles. In contrast to other full-sized pickups, the vehicle does not offer a Regular Cab, and is only available with the King Cab and Crew Cab models. The Titan is only available with the 5.6L V8, and does not have a V6 engine.
Possible Ram trucks cobuild
Following the collapse of Nissan Titan sales in 2008, there have been plans and announcements that the next generation of Nissan's full-sized pickup would be outsourced to Chrysler as a version of the Ram 1500. Nissan had been planning to phase out Titan production in its Canton, Mississippi factory in 2010 with the new Nissan-only design for a cab, body and interior riding on the Dodge Ram chassis assembled in Chrysler's truck assembly lines in Saltillo, Mexico. However, the deal to build Nissan Titan pickups off the full-sized Dodge Ram pickup starting in 2011 was delayed with the changes at Chrysler and Fiat. As of 2010, Nissan was exploring options to keep the Titan truck, to develop a new range of models on its own, and finding another automaker as a partner.
Cummins has partnered with Nissan and has announced that the next generation Titan will offer a 300 HP Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel V8, that makes more than 500 pounds feet of torque. The engine is referred to as the ISV. The engine will be built in Columbus, Indiana and have a different version of the engine for commercial trucks.
Awards and recognition
- Nominated for the 2004 North American Truck of the Year.
- Edmunds.com's most significant vehicles from 1966-2006.
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- Levine, Mike (April 14, 2008). "Chrysler Will Make Full Size Light Duty Truck for Nissan". Cars.com. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Chappell, Lindsay (May 11, 2009). "Nissan exec: Pickup deal is too good to drop". Automotive News. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Chappell, Lindsay (August 11, 2008). "Nissan prepares for key line changes". Automotive News. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Chappell, Lindsay (August 24, 2009). "As Chrysler ponders building next Titan, Nissan seeks Plan B". Automotive News. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
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- "Edmunds.com's Most Significant Vehicles, 1966-2006". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
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