It may be a while before buyers get their hands on the next-generation Nissan Titan. Automotive News reports that the vehicle has encountered engineering delays brought about by this year's earthquake and tsunami tragedies in Japan, and now the next-gen pickup may not debut until the 2014 model year. The news comes courtesy of Andy Palmer, executive vice president for vehicle planning and program management at Nissan, who said that he made the decision to delay the vehicle's development.

As you may recall, Nissan originally planned to co-develop a successor with Chrysler. Unfortunately, the American automaker entered bankruptcy before that plan could come to fruition. The next-generation full-size pickup from Nissan was slated to debut this year.

The current Titan debuted in 2004, making the truck one of the oldest platforms in a fiercely competitive segment. Here's hoping that the delay won't cause any issues with turbo diesel four-cylinder engine Nissan is currently developing with Cummins.


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      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford, GM and Ram trucks kill this thing with fire. You really have to hate America to drive one of these losers.
        Sekinu2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Pretty much. If you have driven a Ford or even a chevy truck then this truck no way you can sanely buy this Nissan. Its a horrible truck lol
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        You are aware that the Titan is actually made in America, right? Unlike, say, the Ram 1500 which is made in Mexico...
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always been a fan of the Titan. A nice throaty V8 with some good power and torque and some great looks. Till this day, this truck's styling still looks like it's new. It's aged quite well. Here's hoping Nissan can build a successor that will carry on some of the good attributes from the 1st generation. I would love to see them come out with a much larger V8 to compete with Ford and GM. At least 6 litres and over 400hp.
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        sorry but no. The Nissan V8 is ok for a city truck that sees light use. Its not good enough when towing. Imagine my suprise when I'm towing with my 04 F150 with its "underpowered" 5.4 and I had to pull out and pass a Titan towing a smaller lighter trailer as it couldn't get it done from a standing start on a hill. Been way to many years to recall what speed it effectively stalled out at, but it was well below the speed limit. Meanwhile I never had a problem with enough power from the 5.4 despite the **** 4spd auto dumping it out of the power band on each shift. Thats with a total rig wieght of 16,000lbs....
          kingrat001
          • 3 Years Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          The only good thing about my friend's Titan is the drivetrain, it runs great, will blow the doors off a Ford 5.4. If only the rest of the truck was worth a damn. The noises it makes over railroad crossings is downright scary, and it's generally falling apart inside.
          tgsid
          • 3 Years Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          Elmo Why would anyone buy a truck with a stick shift with the intent of towing if they don't know how to tow with a stick? How do you know that the Titan isn't just garbage?
        tgsid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        The Titan looked 5 years old when it was new.
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really great truck. I had one for a year, and the only downside was the horrible gas mileage, and I just couldn't afford to keep it. I got to the point of having to fill up the 29 gallon tank nearly 3 times a week - when the local gas prices were cracking over $4 a gallon. If Nissan could dramatically increase the mpg numbers (with the V8), I'd consider buying another one.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Well let's see a five liter V8 and automatic stuffed into an even less aerodynamic Armada, already a monstrously big, even heavier iteration of the now full size Pathfinder. And you really want to complain about gas mileage?
      Sekinu2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a crap truck so no big deal lol
        equalizer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sekinu2
        Obviously you don't know what you are talking about. It is NOT a "crap truck"! You may dislike anything other than American-made period, but I have owned a Titan since 2004, put 100K miles and 3 sets of tires on it... it is a good, well-made non-American truck! It does everything I have put it through, well and there is no point in bad-mouthing something you don't know. So shut up, please!
      glalli2
      • 3 Years Ago
      why buy a nissan period!
      floppypawltd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Japs still haven't made a decent truck for the U.S. . One clue lower the truck 6 freaking inches so its easier to load stuff. Second dump the high reving engines they suck in slop.
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      why dont mercedes help nissan since they are partners to make the new titan with the infiniti QX56 5.0 V8 400hp 417 torques
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Uh the QX56 is powered by the same engine that's in the Titan. It's not powered by the 5.0L that's found in the FX50.
      barkeep
      • 3 Years Ago
      To Nissan, this is nothing. The Nissan Hardbody truck was in production for 12 years before it was replaced by the Frontier. The Hardbody went through several refreshes, but the same shape and chassis remained the same, because the truck was that good at the time. The very least that Nissan can do is to keep making improvements, and perhaps an exterior refresh to the Titan until they release the new model in 3 years.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @barkeep
        That was a great truck. Even with the 5-speed it was a bit light on power but it did better on gas than anything with an eight, it carried plenty, and the resale was so good I actually came out a couple bucks ahead when I traded it in two years later.
      thebenstrong
      • 3 Years Ago
      People don't buy this truck because they need a truck, they buy them because they want to look tough or whatever. People who buy these trucks are the reason trucks are so expensive now. They just want it to ride in something tall that looks tough, but they want it to ride like a car and have all the latest gadgets. People that actually need them can't afford them anymore.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      That small turbo-diesel can't get here soon enough
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        lolatchu Lemme guess, you don't like it because it's not a Honda? lol
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what's old is new again?
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