The Detroit Auto Show is really starting to heat up, and it is especially hot in the Japanese pickup segment. We already know that the next-generation Tacoma is set to debut at the show, and now we just received a pair of teaser images and a teaser video (below) for the 2016 Titan’s Detroit debut.
There is not a lot that is known about the upcoming Titan, but I have seen a handful of spy shots that showed off a meatier-looking truck that ditches the soft look of the last-generation model. One detail that is known is that the Titan will join the Ram in being a standard-duty pickup that boasts a diesel engine, as Nissan has made it quite clear that the new Titan will carry a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine. What isn’t known is the output of this V-8 diesel, but rumors put it at over 300 horsepower and around 550 pound-feet of twist, which should position it nicely against the Big 3 from Detroit.
Beneath the stump-ripping diesel engine will likely also be a gasoline-fed V-8 engine and a base V-6 powerplant. The former will likely be a revised version of the existing 5.6-liter engine and the latter will likely be a derivative of the 3.5-liter V-6 seen in multiple vehicles across the Nissan lineup, or possibly a modified version of the 3.7-liter V-6. Regardless of which engine Nissan goes with as the base V-6, expect it to have at least 300 horsepower. The 5.6-liter V-8 will also need some serious massaging, as Nissan will need to bump it to at least 350 horsepower to keep it competitive, but preferably closer to the 375-horsepower mark.
Only time will tell if the new Titan will indeed include the changes it needs to pull itself from the sales funk that it’s been experiencing year in and year out.