Photos by KGP Photography
This is the time of year that engineering teams take their test trucks to the Rocky Mountains to drive on some of the steepest and most challenging roads — many at punishingly high altitudes — in the U.S. And that's where our spy photographers sit and wait. Here's what they've reported to us recently.
We now have our first physical evidence proving that Nissan is actively testing a new Titan pickup truck, thanks to this mule caught testing recently in the Rockies. The full-size truck is heavily modified from the A-pillar forward, camouflaged to hide a larger grille and thoroughly changed front bumper. The mule also has its headlights set high and very wide, forcing large protrusions on the front fascia, suggesting increased width over the current truck.
Our sources are telling us that Nissan was the party that canceled the cooperation agreement with Ram Truck a few years back — which would have resulted in a Ram-based next-generation Titan — forcing this new Titan to use the existing architecture. The truck's styling, however, will stick to the earlier design, with some minor changes for compatibility reasons. Elements of that new styling are likely in place on this disguised front fascia to bring the most accurate cooling data back to Nissan engineers.
The 2015 Titan is expected to offer a Cummins 2.8-liter diesel engine to increase fuel economy, aided by a thorough weight-reduction program as well. We hear that a regular-cab Titan will also be offered, along with a greater focus on work trucks.
No doubt we'll be hearing more as Nissan engineers take this truck-and-trailer combination around the country to make sure they work as many bugs out of the powertrain and chassis as possible.