Unlike rivals GM and Ford, Nissan has not exactly been the front-runner in pickup truck markets, globally. However, the Japanese carmaker wants to grab a larger share of this popular segment and that is why it introduced the Titan pickup trucks a few years back. For performance seeking buyers who want something between light-duty and heavy-duty trucks, the Titan XD lineup was launched later. For 2018, the Titan XD gets a number of updates.
2018 Nissan Titan XD – Design Changes
The exterior styling of 2018 Nissan Titan XD is definitely macho and the truck looks attractive from any angle. The model will be sold in a few exciting colors. It will be sold in 5 trims and setups like single, king and crew cabs.
Those looking for a stylish yet rugged looking pickup truck may go for the new Midnight Edition of Titan XD. Sold as a package- it makes the exterior all blacked out. This is in sync with special edition trucks sold by rival GM. It adds black bumpers, badges, black mirrors, darkened headlamps, special black grille, black step rails and 20-inch black wheels. The interior also gets matching blackened elements and upholstery. However, it is available only in SV and SL trims. The cabin of 2018 Titan XD is pretty big and legroom will not be a problem even for tall passengers. There are enough cubicles and door pockets to store your belongings. In top 2 trims- material quality is very good.
The 2018 Titan XD gets laden with some safety features and amenities. Top trims can be customized to an extent as well. The safety and driver-assistance tech includes several airbags, moving-object detection, surround-view camera system and blind-spot warning. The new addition is an optional Snow Plow Prep package. This can be set up in S and SV trim levels only.
2018 Nissan Titan XD – Engine Specs
The 2018 Titan XD gets solid engine choices and performance leaves little room for grudges. The 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine churns out 390 HP and 394 lb-ft of torque. It will be matched with a 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Performance seers can opt for the 5.0-liter V8 Turbodiesel unit by Cummins which makes an output of 310 HP. This unit gets paired with a different 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Maximum towing capacity is 12,310 pounds. Ride quality is pretty good and more comfortable than the rival Ford F-250 Super Duty. The light steering and soft suspension make handling the large Truck easier on urban roads. However, body roll is more pronounced than what you get in segment rivals.
Price and availability
The 2018 Nisan Titan XD is now available for sale. The base trim price starts at $31,800 approx. The top trim when customized exceeds the $60,000. It is a great pickup made from Nissan for customers seeking a vehicle that slots in between light and heavy-duty trucks. Its powerful engines are also good performers though suspension needs some tweaking. The price range is quite wide and customization choices should work in its favor.