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Nissan Aims to Fill Titan-Sized Hole in Full-Size Pickup Market - NEWS/BLOG - Car and Driver Mobile
Looks like Nissan is going to get serious and offer more configurations and engines with the next Titan. I just hope they don't screw up the Titans good looks.
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The VQ40 4.0L V6 from the Frontier sounds good as a base engine. Just add direct injection (VQ40DD??) with the 7-spd tranny borrowed from the QX56 and they can advertise it as a MPG leader and get the CAFE averages down. They already have the 7sp tranny in the QX56 so I would think this would be the best tranny to use.
The VK56VD as the top level engine would be good, but I think a mid level engine option would need to be added. They could use the VK50DD and tune it to rev lower for more lowend torque/slightly less HP for a truck application.
The small diesel would be the trump card for Nissan. This would make Nissan the first manufacturer to offer a small diesel in a half ton PU if GM doesn't steal the show with their "baby" Duramax for 2014. Of course, styling would have to be an evolution of the current truck though. They don't need a complete redesign of the body. Just do what Ford did to the F-150 for '09. Bulk it up a little bit with a higher hoodline, new grill/bumper and add bigger flares to the fenders with a new interior and that's it.
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There's a psychological advantage for Nissan opting for the Cummins over an in-house deisel (should they put a diesel in at all), that being that it will seem more "American" to the uneducated. Joe critter redneck knows the Cummins name, and there's a lot to be said for that.
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