The second generation Nissan Titan made a global debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show back in January. This full-sized pickup truck featured a 5.0-litre Cummins V8 turbodiesel at launch, but Nissan has just added a new 5.6-litre V8 for those who prefer a petrol.
The new Endurance V8 from Nissan replaces their ageing VK 5.6-litre V8, while upping the numbers to 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 544 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The old VK engine, based on a VQ V6, pushed out just 317 hp and 522 Nm of torque.
The new engine also features Direct Injection Gas technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance and a Multi Control Valve assists in managing the engine’s thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.
If petrol engines aren’t your thing, the V8 diesel in the 2016 Nissan Titan has 320 hp and a eye-watering 752 Nm of torque. This enables the Titan to tow a load of up to 12,000 lbs (5.4 tonnes). The diesel engine is only available on the Titan XD, with other variants getting a smaller capacity V6 or V8.
Similar to our Nissan Navara, the Titan also gets a new seven-speed automatic. With that being said, the Titan’s automatic transmission offers Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching, which isn’t available on our Navara.
“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.“