C&D Preview - 2004 Nissan Titan.

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  1. TriShield

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    The battle of the pickups picks up.

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    BY BARRY WINFIELD
    July 2003

    With its 2004 Titan, Nissan will launch an all-out assault on the full-size-truck market. From the look of it, the Titan was designed to take on the American truck makers on their own terms. After assessing the particular strengths of domestic-brand trucks, Nissan’s engineers targeted those aspects and then set out to best them.

    No single vehicle was used as a target, says Larry Dominique, Nissan’s chief product specialist for the Titan. Thus, when Nissan invited us to drive an early-development Titan mule, the company had on hand a Chevrolet Silverado, a Ford F-150, and a Dodge Ram for comparison. And when we had driven all the vehicles back-to-back, we could tell, for one thing, that the Titan’s throttle response and engine power were modeled pretty directly on those of the Chevrolet Silverado, which has an aggressive throttle tip-in and vigorous launch to attract younger drivers.

    When we brought up that subject with Nissan’s assembled engineers, they conceded they’d had to come up with a separate—and more sedate—throttle map for low-range four-wheel-drive use. But regardless of personal throttle-response preferences, there should be little criticism of the, 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 (its output wasn’t finalized at press time) used throughout the Titan line.

    With more than 90 percent of its 375-plus pound-feet of torque available from 2500 rpm, the big four-cam V-8 is almost guaranteed to find lifelong devotees among truck owners—particularly as the five-speed automatic it is teamed with offers perhaps the quickest kickdown response and smoothest shift transitions in the field.

    Capable of towing up to 9400 pounds when appropriately equipped, the Titan’s V-8 revs like a high-performance car engine, yet it burbles throatily at low rpm so the folks in the parking lot can appreciate its big-bore bent-eight truck credentials. Despite the all-aluminum overhead-cam design, the Titan’s Endurance V-8 feels and sounds like the granddaddy of all truck engines. Whereas Toyota’s Tundra is a seven-eighths-scale truck with subtle, almost feminine sensibilities, the Titan is thoroughly butch.

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    Tall people will fit easily in the big passenger compartment. In the case of the crew cab (there is also a smaller King Cab), four or five big guys will find a surprising amount of space, since front and rear legroom dimensions are almost identical. Nissan deliberately designed the cab so the floor would be flat, with minimal intrusion from the rear bulkhead. When the rear seats are not in use, they fold up against the bulkhead, providing a generous and unobstructed interior cargo area.

    Everything about the Titan is big and bold. The ladder frame has large cross-section, fully boxed longitudinal side members. Beefy steel control arms suspend the front wheels, and dual-stage leaf springs with shackles mounted on the frame sides for better off-road clearance control the excursions of a solid rear axle.

    As it is, the ride proved flat and reasonably supple at Nissan’s Arizona proving ground. Body motions were well controlled, and the Titan resisted seesawing over the rough-surface section where most of the rivals did not.

    Fitted with rack-and-pinion steering isolated from the body by three rubber mounts, the Titan steers with noteworthy precision for a big truck, and its four-wheel discs and ABS provide strong and stable retardation with a solidly communicative pedal feel.

    Titans outfitted with a shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel-drive transfer case (providing two-wheel-high, four-wheel-high, and four-wheel-low operation) employ an electronic torque-transfer system that works with a brake-activated traction-control system for optimal grip in the rough.

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    Inside the truck, you find the usual plethora of options, including a choice of bench or bucket seats, upgraded audio systems, adjustable pedals, and DVD navigation and entertainment systems. A security system with an immobilizer is standard. There are supplemental safety systems such as side and curtain airbags and rear-parking proximity sensors. And there will be three functional options packages: Off-Road, Tow, and Utility Bed.

    The Utility Bed package offers a factory-supplied spray-in bed liner, designed to circumvent the corrosion problems sometimes associated with drop-in bed liners. Included also is the Utili-track tie-down system, comprising five C-channel rails mounted in the bed floor, side rails, and header. Removable cleats fit into the channels to provide multiple attachment points for securing cargo. Then there’s the side-storage bin in the bed behind the driver’s-side rear wheel that is double-insulated against the elements. It locks and unlocks with the ignition key.

    With a great powertrain, a choice of cabs, two- or four-wheel drive, various trim and equipment levels, and a comprehensive list of premium options, the Titan has, seemingly, something for everyone in the personal-use market (no eight-foot-box, regular-cab, or work-truck versions are planned). But as good as it is, the Titan has to contend with resolute brand loyalty in the pickup-truck market. That’s why Nissan is starting with just 100,000 units a year. So, unless you’re besotted with the bow tie, the blue oval, or the ram’s head, here’s a chance to be in the vanguard. We don’t think you’ll regret it.

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    Vehicle type: front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel drive, 5–6-passenger, 2+2- or 4-door truck
    Estimated base price: $27,500–$32,000
    Engine type: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, Nissan engine-control system with port fuel injection
    Displacement: 339 cu in, 5552cc
    Power (mfr’s est): 300 bhp @ 5000 rpm
    Torque (mfr’s est)v 375 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

    Transmission: 5-speed automatic with lockup torque converter
    Wheelbase: 139.8 in
    Length: 224.2 in
    Width: 67.5 in
    Height: 74.4–76.0 in
    Curb weight: 4700–4950 lb

    C/D-estimated performance (rear-drive):
    Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 21.2 sec
    Standing 1/4-mile: 15.5 sec @ 91 mph

    Projected fuel economy:
    EPA city driving: 15 mpg
    EPA highway driving: 19 mpg

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    300HP is a lot of power for an Japanese import. :cool:
     
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  6. iZero

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    You're just angry it's faster stock than your "sport truck" was. That and you can use it as a real pickup.
     
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    They're building that right down the road from me :cool:

    I'd pimp it
     
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    translation: Nissan is finally catching up to where the domestic trucks were YEARS ago.

    btw: my truck can do ANY on-road task as well as any other fullsize halfton. Better than most, too.
     
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    I still have a feeling the next F-150 will be the class leader, but we'll see.
     
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    is it me or do full-sized Japanese trucks still look like small trucks :dunno:

    not in person but in pictures
     
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    Sideways Do I look like I give a damn?

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    There is going to be no battle, we already know Ford is going to smoke their ass.
     
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    If I were in the market for a gas powered truck, I'd buy the nissan.

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    Trucks aren't suppoed to be pretty.
     
  14. Red97GST

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    "endurance V8"


    whats with these :greddy: marketing names that car companies give their motors?

    i think they should use "5.6l FattyBoyTorque V8"
     
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    They're like brand names, they give a better image than just 5.6L V8 or whatever.
     
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    Its not as gay as the iForce V8 in the Tundra. They give the engines names because people identify with names, not engine codes.
     
  17. F5Uchic

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    I think this beats the everliving crap outta the tundra........and if you guys haven't, go test drive a Hemi powered ram. MY dad bought one. The brake pedal feel and braking power is amazing.......and 345hp and 375tq in 5.7l>ford/chevy/toyota/and this truck even.

    That being said.......I'd still buy this truck. it does very much look full size, and BIG.
     

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