The Titan has continued to sit in a corner of Nissan's front yard, taken out on occasion but largely unloved, the same way you see a project truck in a neighbor's driveway that makes you wonder, "Are they ever going to do anything with that?" The fullsize pickup made the news about six months ago when reports surfaced that the next generation would offer a Cummins diesel engine that had originally been meant for Ram, then it returned to the shadows.

According to a report from Edmunds, the Titan will return to the spotlight in about a year, with the unveil of the 2016 model planned for next year's Detroit Auto Show. Along with that oil-burner, it will bring a gasoline V6 engine, a complete redesign and a regular cab configuration to finally give it a fighting chance against the thick end of the light-duty truck market. Toyota gets pressed for the molasses-like sales of the Tundra, but that fullsize entrant sold 7,890 units in January and 10,988 in December 2013. Nissan sold 887 Titans in January, 1,284 in December 2013 and broke 2,400 US sales in a single month just once in four years. (The segment-leading Ford F-150, for reference, sold 46,536 units in January.)

An entry-level model and a regular cab option should give the Titan a welcome and overdue sales boost. Better power numbers and fuel economy for the V8 would probably go a long way, too. We expect to start getting glimpses of its future later this year.


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      Johnny
      • 9 Months Ago
      How is this joke on wheels still shipping to dealers? A mechanic once showed me after he'd dropped the engine just how gutless and poorly put together this thing was. The differences in strength and build quality between every other truck on the road is just staggering. You could literally pick *any* other truck on the road, and wind up with a higher quality, safer vehicle.
        RM
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Johnny
        Yea you're clueless. The Titan's frame is fully boxed unlike it's competitor. It doesn't use a car like suspension like the fiat Ram with its modest 1100 payload. It does need to be updated but there are many the road with 200k to 300k miles. I bet you that worthless mechanic could show you the deficiencies on the Fords, GMs, and Toyota. Keep the "wind" blowing buddy.
        Zach
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Johnny
        My brother in law has a 2005 Titan with well over 200K with very little trouble, it's a quad cab and he hauls the kids around in it all the time, I actually like the looks of the Titan.
        JMiller
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Johnny
        Wow, you couldn't be more wrong. I have a Titan with 230,345 miles on the odometer. This is by far the best truck I've owned, and I've owned them all. The truck is solid, and has never given me any issues other than regular maintenance.
      DarkKnight67
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why bother? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
      mitytitywhitey
      • 9 Months Ago
      The car-blog consensus on pickups (and some cars as well) is rather bizarre and has little bearing on the real world. Bloggers seem to think that unless you are gunning for the #1 spot, there's no point in building a full-size pickup. It's as valuable as the car-blog take on 'real' sports cars (S2000, FRS), which in reality barely sell at all. But ANY sales of a full-size are pure profit. Trucks are easy and cheap to build on their old body-and-frame style. And due to demand, MSRP (and invoice) is far above cost. This is a license to print money for anyone that joins the game. Nissan still manages a few of these profit-machine sales a year without even investing in expensive redesign work. I highly doubt Nissan is losing money on something that costs a fifth of its retail price to manufacture, even if they aren't selling in numbers to impress... (gasp!) a bunch of bloggers. Vote down in 3.... 2.... 1....
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        No, you are absolutely correct.
        MechE
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        I agree with you, Nissan doesnt have the goal of overtaking the big three (unlike Tundra) and really this truck isn't as bad as some haters make it out to be. However, there's a part of me that is pretty disappointed in their lack of effort. In the 90s-00s I laughed at domestic and korean brands and wouldn't even consider one due to their lack of innovation, updates and lower power numbers. By those measures I should hate some of the Japanese brands I used to favor. In fact, I root for them to get better but they certainly aren't my default purchase or recommendation to others. They just aren't pushing the envelope like they used to.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 9 Months Ago
          @MechE
          I think Nissan is going to bring a more competitive truck in 2016. Till then, I agree they have been lagging in innovation. My comment was in regards to all the comments about Nissan giving up. That's not going to happen, and it would be a horrible idea for them to at this point. And as far as why buy a Nissan? Because you got a great deal on the Nissan. No other reason.
          MechE
          • 9 Months Ago
          @MechE
          Ironically I find the photos for this old Titan more attractive than some of the monstrosities coming out today, but that is just my opinion. I'm looking forward to the new version, although this picture worries me a little: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/nissan-titan-spy-shots/#photo-143036/ Please tell me that's just very heavy camo and the fenders/headlights arent actually going to sit that far out.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 9 Months Ago
          @MechE
          Im hoping just a mule.
        merlot066
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        It's disappointing and insulting when Toyota "fully redesigns" the Tundra and it's nothing more than a heavy cosmetic job on the unsuccessful 2006 model. And it's disappointing when Nissan releases the Titan, which was a nice truck when it first came out, and lets it completely rot for however many years its been. Car companies should always be working their hardest to give consumers the best vehicles they can offer. Toyota is sitting on 30-something billion dollars of pure cash right now. Offering a half-assed Tundra for Toyota fans to buy only makes me detest Toyota's culture even more. And Nissan was off to a great start when they released the Titan and if they could do as good a job on the second one I'd love to see them be the best-selling import truck. Toyota certianly doesn't deserve the title with the Tundra right now.
      barkeep
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ah, of course the trolls will come out to play. It's about damn time. In hindsight, it was a mistake for Nissan to partner up with what was the doomed DaimlerChrysler relationship to make the next gen Ram and Titan at the time. We know what the powertrain OPTIONS will be. Now, the look of the next truck is what I'm sure everyone is looking forward to.
      trek till
      • 9 Months Ago
      i thought this was going to be out fall 2014 as a 2015 model?
      John W
      • 9 Months Ago
      A 5 litre diesel in a half ton? So basically it wont be able to tow much due to chassis limitations, and gas mileage will suck because that's a huge engine. Not sure what they were thinking there.
      Niko
      • 9 Months Ago
      That is like saying that a baby that was born this year is really gonna be born next year on it 1st birthday... I call it just another way to get attention with the media. Marketing BS!
      1guyin10
      • 9 Months Ago
      From the spy pics captured so far it looks to be quite a bit bigger and brawnier than the current truck. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Finally. Let's see if Nissan has learned anything.
      Adam B.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Parents bought an Armada back in 2007, at the time it came with a 5.6 /5.7 with 317hp, it was good and capable for what it was, and the here in the area the Titan sold like girl scout cookies back in the day. Being a Nissan family all I have to complain about is that they kind of just let it get stale, along with the Armada which is in its 10th model year.
      • 9 Months Ago
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