Nissan Announces New Gas V-8 for 2016 Titan XD

Nissan Titan XD 5.6L V-8 video II

As much as we like the new Cummins 5.0-liter V-8, the only engine offered in the 2016 Nissan Titan XD when it goes on sale this month, there will be plenty of gas-loving Nissan buyers who will not want a diesel engine. That's why Nissan just announced the arrival of a new Endurance 5.6-liter V-8 gasoline engine (called the VK56VD internally), which will be available for the all-new Titan XD (and light-duty Titan) in spring 2016; it will offer XD buyers a less expensive and lighter engine choice.

The dual-overhead-cam 32-valve gas engine will now be built at Nissan's Decherd, Tenn., engine plant and is rated to produce a modest 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The newly redesigned engine (it shares much of its architecture with the QX80 5.6-liter V-8) will use Nissan's variable valve lift technology that continuously adjusts how well the engine breathes during intake and exhaust events. The new engine will also have direct injection with a compression ratio of 11.2:1, due in large part to the unique set of pistons. 

Mated to this new V-8 will be a new seven-speed automatic transmission, currently shared with the Infiniti QX80 SUV; however, where the Infiniti requires premium fuel and is sourced from Japan, the Titan XD's gas engine was designed to run on regular and will be built in the US. Pricing for the gas engine option will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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Keith CT,
I'd bet the regular 1/2 ton Titan chassis is based on the latest Navara platform. So it should be light.

The previous Titan/Armada were based on the Navara/Frontier platform.

Other way around Al. Titan chassis was the base for all North American Nissan trucks from 2004 on.

Specs that would could have been included:

Nissan 5.6L 390 HP / 401 ft lbs reg
GM HD. 6.0L 360 HP / 380 ft lbs reg
Ram HD 6.4L 410 HP / 429 ft lbs reg
Ford SD 6.2L 385 HP / 405 ft lbs reg (MY 17 +)

Ford LD 6.2L 411 HP / 434 ft lbs reg (now done)
GM LD 6.2L 420 HP / 460 ft lbs PREM

I would say the nissan numbers are very competitive, but given how the 17 SD will get "an increase" and GM is due or a HD as updrade, they will may not be for very much longer.

When I say competitive Ii mean HD gas. LD gas thy will be fine if the regular new Titan isnt a fat heavy pig like the XD.

@ Jeramie Nissan doesn't have the money? are you kidding ?
Nissan is a bigger ,more profitable company than Ford .
Nissan sells 30% more vehicles than Ford does does not have debt like Ford has.
I do not know where you get your info but it is wrong.

The Titan XD is a 1/2 ton truck with beefed up components
beefier than a F150 but less than a f250
nominal weight is 7400 lbs
massive steering gear box, beefier frame, heavy suspension,
will all be lighter duty in the regular Titan
The regular Titan will weigh between 4800 and 5500 lbs depending on configuration.
I predict it will have coil springs all around
the 7 speed transmission with rev matching downshift is an indication of what they are aiming for. towing will be less than 10,000 lbs no need to tow more than that the XD brute has that covered.

I know the fans of ford ,GM , and Ram are upset that Nissan slid in between the HD and Light duty trucks of their favorite brands, they continuously try to compare it to a HD or a light duty, Nissan is marketing it as a 1/2 ton truck
it is the new brute in the 1/2 ton class.
some Ford fans will say the F150 can tow as much as the XD but it really can't do that. the only f150 that tows as much is a
single cab version with a v6 that won't tow any where near what the XD can do. the XD is the ultimate, stable , Towing brute of the 1/2 ton trucks.
there is no getting around that Cummins is peerless
nothing from FORD or GM will beat a Cummins engine in reliability ,durability .it is laughable that anyone would compare the towing of a F150 to the towing of the Titan XD
simply laughable.Ford knows this that is why they are following Nissan with a diesel in the F150.
But before you dunderheads start saying how much better the new F150 with a diesel will be over the Titan XD remember Cummins is peerless

I have a 2005 Nissan Titan I just turned 312000 miles and the motor runs as good as the day I bought it, not one motor problem whatsoever does not a big 3 made that could say that. My best friend has a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 loaded to the max everytime I turn around its been in the shop less than 40000 mile you know how many times my Titan has been in the shop once. So all the big three people out there you don't even know what you're talking about you have never owned a Nissan Titan so don't go down a path nothing about the Nissan Titan is 100% American made there's no big 3 that can say that let's talk about Mexico let's talk about Canada yeah just saying

@Doug Save your breath. You are trying to save people who are hopeless. Nissan's a great firm, their engines are excellent designs, well made.

The American consumer is cash-strapped after almost ten years of Democrats running things into the ground, but if guy who wants a new half ton gives Nissan an honest evaluation, he'll be very impressed.

Financing will be key. The big banks are about to raise interest rates, which could slow down the economy even more. We'll know by September if Nissan plans to win because their dealers will either have great financing offers (or not).

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