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Old 08-19-2015, 05:56 PM   #15
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I read that the new Titan will not be built on the existing platform, but rather the heavier duty NV platform. The NV is available in 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions. That suggests that the new Titan may be a 3/4 ton and not a half ton, whatever those labels mean today. Will be interesting to see where Nissan positions it.
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Yeah, no kidding, that would be interesting. I had heard 1/2 ton rumors only, but with much better payload, which would seem difficult in current configuration when one factors in the additional weight of the diesel.

The only thing I know for certain about this new Nissan is that they won't be parking it indoors at dealerships near walls of glass windows. If that truck got a glimpse of itself reflecting off the glass the whole wall is coming down.


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Old 08-20-2015, 05:18 AM   #17
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Yes, it's a half-ton, and yes, it has a gooseneck ball factory installed. Towing capacity is upwards of 10,000 pounds.
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I didn't think Nissan could make a truck any uglier than the current Titan.
Wow! I was wrong. Maybe some will like it. I think the styling is fugly.

I think a lighter weight 4l V8 diesel with 300hp 500 tq would be perfect for a half ton truck. If Toyota would just update/refresh or redesign the 4.5l V8 used in the Land Cruiser in the rest of the world, the Tundra could be sporting a nice diesel with 260hp 480lb/ft.
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looks like they re-badged a Ford i'd want to see the interior as the gas ones i have looked at were not very well done. i did like the fold flat rear area but i wonder what that does to the comfort of those back seats.

Toyota Tundra and a diesel?? i'd say that is not likely as their market share is so small that investing in something like this will become problematic. it would require a rethink of the current truck set up, more load capacity, a 6 1/2' bed with the crew cab and so on. but, a diesel would solve my biggest problem with the Tundra and the reason i sold the last two i owned, no torque and constant shifting while towing.
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I keep looking for cleaner styling, less chrome especially in some of those awful huge grill/led lighting combos; will they start making them flash like a mid-century jukebox. More purpose oriented and less like a demo product from the truck stop accessory store.

This is an interesting half-ton truck to add to the mix. There are some genuinely different approaches among manufacturers. Ford has aluminum body and gas Ecoboost, Ram 3.0 Ecodiesel, GM and Toyota same old thing, and now a Nissan Cummins 5 liter. Starting to fill that gap between light and heavy duty that matches most Airstream towing needs.
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gpt, that constant shifting when towing with Tundra and and our gas Ram (due to insufficient torque at low rpm) is curable by selecting a lower gear and leaving it there. You most probably know that, but others are not willing to let the engine rev to 2200 rpm or so going down the highway. I see at least as good fuel economy doing that as having the constant shifting going on. On more level stretches I can move it up a gear, but I generally just leave it in 4th.
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8 gears and diesel are better

Especially when you have enough torque to pull 8th gear at 65MPH and get 15 MPG doing it.
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Toyota Tundra and a diesel?? i'd say that is not likely as their market share is so small that investing in something like this will become problematic. it would require a rethink of the current truck set up, more load capacity, a 6 1/2' bed with the crew cab and so on. but, a diesel would solve my biggest problem with the Tundra and the reason i sold the last two i owned, no torque and constant shifting while towing.
Toyota could also sell such a diesel in the Sequoia, Land Cruiser and the Lexus-badged version of the Land Cruiser. All of those vehicles could use serious help in the fuel economy area, and the diesel could make them more flexible all-around vehicles too by allowing heavier towing without threatening the engine.
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Toyota could also sell such a diesel in the Sequoia,....
If that ever happens, the wife will get a new Sequoia, and I'll go back to driving the M3!
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I read in one of the car mags. that the new Nissan will be kind of a new niche "size" between a 1500 and 2500.
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Most diesel 2500s only have 1800 to 2400lbs of payload with the mid level and higher trim packages so the Nissan XD will have to compete against those GM, Ford and Ram 3/4t with more powerful diesels unless the XD price is more around the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel.

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Funny, top, that could be a photo of the gauges of my GMC 6.2 liter, 'crept there's no DEF level gauge 'cause there's no DEF required. Same engine speed, same road speed, same MPG.😜
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Funny, top, that could be a photo of the gauges of my GMC 6.2 liter, 'crept there's no DEF level gauge 'cause there's no DEF required. Same engine speed, same road speed, same MPG.😜
Torque is the answer to towing. I think the 6.2 make a lot of low end torque, yeah?
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