The Nissan TITAN first came onto to scene in 2004 as an alternative full-size pickup truck. Although Nissan didn’t expect it to intimidate the already established truck makers, it did end up surprising a lot of people. At its debut, the TITAN was a finalist in the 2004 North American Truck of the Year award and received the 2004 “Most Significant Vehicle of the Year” from Edmunds.com.
The first generation of the Nissan TITAN utilized the new full-size F-Alpha platform shared with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs. Production on the TITAN, as well as the other two F-Alpha platform vehicles, started in Canton, Mississippi, and continues there to this day.
Consumers in North America commended the TITAN for its towing capability, spacious interior, sharp styling, and advanced features.
The standard 5.6-liter engine provided plenty of towing power, up to 9,400 pounds, which is comparable to today’s models. At the beginning, Nissan focused on providing large amounts of passenger room, offering only crew cab and King Cab models with no regular cab available. Features like Bluetooth connectivity, a DVD player, and the Pro-4X off-road package set the new TITAN apart from the crowd.
The TITAN went without a significant redesign until 2015 where it saw a new powertrain, as well as the introduction of the new, larger, TITAN XD. The XD used the Nissan commercial platform for heavier towing and hauling capabilities as well as the option of the new Cummins 5.0-liter turbo-diesel. The 5.6-liter V8 came with increased horsepower and torque, and a regular cab became a new option.
Nissan continues to upgrade the TITAN every year with better interior features like NissanConnect, navigation, and the Rockford Fosgate sound system.
2020 will be a big year for the TITAN as Nissan unveils a redesign that is sure to excite TITAN fans. With sales that more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 and have remained steadily high, Nissan is sure to continue delivering powerful and capable pickup trucks.
To see the Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD in person, stop by James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, MSfor a test drive.