At the media test drive launch for the new 2017 Nissan Titan ½ trucks, we were treated to a special preview of the new first-ever single-cab Nissan Titan pickup with an eight-foot bed that comes to market late this year.
To be available in both the ½ ton Titan and Titan XD with a 139.8-inch wheelbase, and in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, the new Titan single-cabs will be the very first for the brand and the second installment in their growing line of trucks that will also include a King Cab early next year.
Making their debut, we were shown the Titan XD in the S work truck trim with its plain wrapper style of black bumpers and grille, and silver painted steel wheels. The single-cabs will also be available in the mid-level SV trim grade that offers up a bit more inside and out.
Seeing the S grade work truck for the first time and in single-cab form shows a vinyl hose out floor and an absence of all the glitz and high-end standard infotainment systems we’ve seen in our previous test drives of fully loaded models.
All single-cabs have a three-across bench seat, seen here in the S with sturdy cloth inner and vinyl outer trim for high wear. The center seat cushion opens forward for under seat storage and without a center console, a cup holder folds out of the lower center stack area.
Shown here in the SV, the back of the center seat also folds down to serve as an armrest with cup holders and has a sizable storage area inside as well. Cloth seats on the SL are more luxurious as are the trims and amenities found on the main dash and door panels.
The eight-foot bed on both the S and SV trucks we were shown features a fully lined box with a spray-on bed liner in addition to a sliding rear window. What will be standard on the list of such features hasn’t yet been specified.
What has been said is what’s under the hood. Both the Titan and Titan XD single-cab will be available with the new 5.6 liter DOHC “Endurance” V8 with 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
A V6 will be available next year in the ½-ton Titan, an engine Nissan has yet to share the specs on. In the Titan XD single-cab both the 5.6 liter V6 and the 5.0 Cummins diesel V8 will be be available, but not a V6.
As only two levels of trim in the S and SV grades will be offered, Nissan is expecting to market these two trucks specifically at the work truck and fleet market, expanding their reach into the marketplace already served by their NV-Series cargo vans.
The new 2017 Nissan Titan single-cab will land at dealership lots in North America late this fall with pricing and full feature specs to be announced closer to that time.
We had a chance to test drive the new Titan ½ ton CrewCab and will have a full first-drive review coming up soon.