Originally published March 24, 2016 on autoTRADER.ca

Making its debut at the New York International Auto Show, Nissan’s 2017 Titan Crew Cab Pickup follows the previously released Titan XD, touted as the industry-first “tweener” – a truck that slots neatly between the light and heavy duty segments.

“Titan shares its aggressive style with the Titan XD, but the two vehicles are completely different underneath the skin,” said Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc.

Built on a completely different chassis, the Titan is 14.7 inches shorter than its diesel-powered sibling.

The 2016 TITAN XD is equipped with a 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine. Assembled in Decherd, Tenn., the new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

“Even the lug nuts are different from Titan to Titan XD” said Rhind. “What’s important is that these two trucks are serving a completely different type of customer.”

The Titan will be available in either 4×2 or 4×4 configurations, three bed lengths (5.5, 6.5 and 8 feet) and five trim levels; S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve.

Under the hood is Nissan’s 5.6-litre V8 gas engine with 390 hp mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Reportedly, there’s a V6 engine in the works, but no details are available at this time.

The Titan is scheduled to arrive this summer, with pricing to be announced closer to its due date.

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