Nissan Titan named North American Truck of the Year Finalist
Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” has already featured a stream of new releases, including updated or all-new trucks, SUVs and CUVs. But 2016 just keeps getting better for Nissan truck enthusiasts. Recently, the all-new 2017 Nissan TITAN was named one of three finalists for the North American Truck of the Year award, a prestigious industry honor that recognizes the year’s best vehicles based on value, performance and safety.
This is the second year in a row Nissan has been in the running for the award. The 2016 TITAN XD was a Truck of the Year finalist last year. For the 2017 model year, Nissan has completed revamped the half-ton TITAN. The line-up has been expanded, with a new half-ton version available, the exterior has been remodeled, and new connected technology is now available.
And people are noticing. Aside from being selected as a NATOY finalist, the TITAN was also named an “Extreme Off-Road” vehicle in the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards, and the Texas Auto Writers Association named the TITAN the Full-Size Truck of Texas.
New Features in the 2017 Nissan TITAN
Until now, the TITAN has been available only as the top-of-the-line XD variant. Yet, that’s changing in 2017. The newly introduced TITAN half-ton Crew Cab is built for work and play. Featuring a 5.5-foot bed, a range of options are available including a Utili-track Bed Channel System, as well as a popular spray-on bedliner, LED bedrail lamps and 120-volt in-bed access. The 2017 TITAN is powered by a 5.6L Endurance V8 engine. It’s a powerhouse, delivering 390 horsepower. This year, both 4×4 and 4×2 versions are available, and there are five trim levels available, including the S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Nissan isn’t through updating the TITAN either. In 2018, Nissan has plans to introduce a King Cab version, as well as a V6 option.
What’s new in 2017? The TITAN’s interior center console has been ergonomically designed and features a high-definition 7-inch display. The truck also features Remote Engine Start and Push Button Ignition, as well as available heated and cooled front seats.
In terms of performance, the PRO-4X version is built for ruggedness and off-roading. Featuring Bilstein front shocks and a heavy-duty steel skid plate, the truck is built for back country cruising. Plus, the TITAN has a maximum towing capacity of 9,730 pounds and is designed for simplified towing. Bottom line, the 2017 TITAN is built for work and adventure.
Nissan’s Expanding Truck Line Up
This year, Nissan is going after the truck and SUV segment in a big way. The TITAN is just one example. Nissan is also introducing a completely new version of its flagship Armada SUV, and updates are coming for the Pathfinder and Nissan Rogue as well.
The 2017 Pathfinder has been completely restyled. The new 3.5L V6 engine is the most noticeable difference, and it delivers 284 horsepower (or a jump of about 20 horsepower over previous models). The front and rear fasciae have also been updated and restyled.
The 2017 Armada has been completely redesigned for the model year. A major overhaul of the interior provides more elegant styling, and a range of active safety features are now available. Finally, the Rouge has also been refreshed, and a new, smaller version available with a 2.0L four-cylinder.
Schedule a test drive today at Woodmen Nissan and get behind the wheel of this North American Truck of the Year finalist.