When Nissan brought the Titan XD to market in 2015, one of the big features was the 5.0L Cummins V8 diesel. But the 310 hp, 555 lb-ft engine isn’t long for the world. Production of the diesel will end with the passing of this year.
Why are they dropping the diesel? Well, it seems Nissan has decided that almost-HD pickup buyers would be better served with a gas engine. A Nissan Canada spokesperson told us that the reason for production ending is for a revised gas-powered Titan. Both the regular and the XD versions. “This will help better position Nissan in the long term as we prepare for the launch of the new, dramatically refreshed 2020 Titan and Titan XD Gas later this year,” Nissan Canada said in a statement.
The Titan XD used a heavy-duty frame and offered buyers a sort of intermediate step between the HD domestic 2500 and 3500 trucks and the more conventional half-ton. Which Nissan still offered as the regular Titan. Where the regular Titan came with a payload rating of around 617 kg and a towing capacity of 4,182 kg, the Titan XD with the 5.0L Cummins diesel offered 871 kg of payload and 5,425 kg of towing.
The gas engine option in both versions of the Titan is a 5.6L V8 that makes 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. It uses a seven-speed automatic instead of the six-speed auto in the diesel.
The single-cab versions of the trucks will disappear after the end of 2019 as well. While Nissan doesn’t break out sales of the different versions of the truck, the recent emphasis from both GM and Ram show that crew cabs are far more important to those two automakers than regular cabs are. Nissan’s numbers are likely similar.
Nissan combines sales of both trucks on their charts, but the Titan and XD combined sold 5,445 units in Canada last year. About the same as the year before. So far this year, Titan sales are down 36.6 percent compared with the same period last year. With three of their five main competitors, the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500, all new in the last year or so, it’s a good time for Nissan to refresh its truck.