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Nissan Titan Tester Spied, Still a Year Away from Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/31/2014 Erick Ayapana

Nissan is aware that the next-generation Titan can’t come soon enough, though rumors suggest the new truck won’t go into production until September 2015. For now, these spy photos of a Titan prototype at least prove that Nissan is in the testing phase of its full-size truck that will slot above the Frontier, which is also soon due for an all-new model.

Nissan Titan prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Nissan Titan prototype

While it’s unknown what’s under the hood of this tester, Nissan has confirmed that the Titan will be offered with a big and torquey turbodiesel, courtesy of Cummins. The mill will be a 5.0-liter V-8 that will feature a two-stage turbocharger and produce at least 300 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, making it a big-time upgrade to the 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 (317 hp and 385 lb-ft) powering the current Titan. Fuel economy should improve, too, compared to the 13/18 mpg city/highway achieved by the current rear-drive Titan (12/17 mpg with four-wheel drive).

The Titan shown here is a crew cab truck, though extended and regular cab configurations should be available as well. That said, the new Titan appears to have grown a bit. The front fascia is well-covered, but the oversized grille dominates with its cheese grater-style design. The truck rides on six-lug steelies, while the back end appears to have taillights that wrap around into the fenders.

Nissan plans to launch the diesel engine first. Following that will be the gas-powered Titan, which should arrive in showrooms by early 2016.

Photo Source: Chris Doane Automotive

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