The Nissan Titan XD Gains Diesel Power to Outmuscle Rivals

The Nissan Titan XD is an excellent heavy-duty truck to consider. But it’s about time it received a few upgrades to catch up with rivals. Nissan is about to go all-in on updating this truck. The new Nissan Titan XD is even bring the diesel engine back. 

The Nissan Titan XD regains diesel power 

A 2021 Nissan Titan XD parked near a barn
2021 Nissan Titan XD | Nissan

The reliable Nissan Titan XD that we know today was introduced in 2015. It’s been a while since it received significant updates. But if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? Well, the Titan XD might not be broken, but it’s starting to lag behind rivals. 

Back in 2019, the Titan XD dropped its 5.0-liter V8 Cummins turbo diesel engine. It was a sad day for many diesel fans, especially as more and more automakers are phasing diesel options out to be greener. 

Now rumors suggest that a diesel engine will return. The 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine with 330 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque could arrive. It could also have more power, but the exact numbers haven’t be specified. 

Currently, the Nissan Titan XD has a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 11,040 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,390 lbs when properly equipped. The Ford F-150 can tow up to 15,000 lbs, so the new Titan XD will need more power. 

What to expect with the new Titan XD 

The new Nissan Titan XD is expected to gain a totally refreshed interior with higher quality materials. It’s only available in the larger crew-cab body style, so space is abundant. 

Nissan will probably add their Zero Gravity seats to the front and rear for an exceptional blend of comfort, padding, and support for long drivers. We hope that the seats are both heated and ventilated. 

New tech is expected as well. Larger options will probably replace the 7.0-inch and 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreens. The Titan XD already comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but perhaps wireless connectivity will be added. 

Higher trims offer a 5.0-inch digital gauge cluster that could be enhanced to a larger size. Along with the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging could be added. We hope to see a massive panoramic sunroof too. 

Will the Titan XD have off-roading variants? 

Nissan Titan XD interior
Nissan Titan XD interior | Nissan

There is currently a Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X model, so it’s safe to expect a refreshed trim level to roll out. It should include a more aggressive look, suspension upgrades for both on-road and off-roading performance, skid plates, LED lighting, large all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, and an electronic locking rear differential. The lava red accents include tow hooks, badges, and embroidering. 

It’s possible that the new Titan XD could gain the Nissan Nismo treatment. Instead of receiving off-roading upgrades, the Nismo package is for racing. It provides a lower stance and sportier appearance. 

The hood and side may be revised for a sportier look and to have better aerodynamics. The interior would also have a racing feel with bucket seats and driver-focused tech. Larger wheels could be included as well. 

The Titan XD could be refreshed for 2022 or 2023. We are still waiting to learn more and will follow the bread crumbs for updates.

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