The Nissan Titan has had a rough run of it in recent years, as it has pulled up the rear in full-size pickup sales. This was mostly due to the fact that Nissan largely ignored the pickup following its 2004 debut while the rest of the segment improved by leaps and bounds. Finally, after 11 model years of the same old stuff, Nissan has released an all-new Titan XD for the 2016 model year. Today, the automaker has announced the details on the model’s gasoline powertrain.
Before today, the only engine that we knew about in the Titan XD was the 5.0-liter diesel V-8 that cranks out 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Today, however, we learn about its new 5.6-liter V-8 engine. At first glance, this engine appears to be little more than a revised version of the last-gen Titan’s engine due to its shared displacement, but that is all it shares with the old engine.
This new motivator, known as the Endurance V8, uses Nissan’s VVEL and Direct Injection Gas technology to deliver 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are up by 73 horsepower and 316 pound-feet when compared to the 2015 model’s V-8 engine. The VVEL and DIG systems combine to deliver quick throttle response, improved fuel economy, and reduced emissions.
The 5.6-liter V-8 engine will pair up with a new seven-speed auto transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching to help improve performance, efficiency, and hauling capability.
This new engine will make its way into dealers starting in the spring of 2016, so there is plenty of time to get ready. Nisan has yet to attach a price to the 2016 Titan XD with this new engine, so stay tuned for that.