The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, which made its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is set to shake up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment when it goes on sale in the United States and Canada beginning in late 2015 - with a bold all-new design that stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. (Nissan)

Nissan Canada’s price on the new, top-of-the-line Titan pickup truck represents a substantial discount from the cost to the United States buyers when the dollar is converted.

In Canada, the 2016 Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab is listed at $73,900. The model comes with all-wheel drive and an engine block heater.

In the United States, MSRP for the same vehicle is $58,665 (U.S.), with rear-wheel drive and without the block heater. That amount converts to about $81,400 on Dec. 23.

Equipped with a Cummins 5.0-litre V-8 turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic, the Titan XD is being made available in five grade levels. Sales began Dec. 23.

All models are crew cab 4x4s. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the base-model XD S Crew Cab is $52,400. The SV lists for $56,300, the SV Premium for $63,050, the SC Pro-4X for $63,950, and SL for $70,250.

The Platinum Reserve model is set apart by leather-appointed, heated seating, a chrome exterior trim, two-tone paint, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood insert, and 20-inch dark chrome aluminum-alloy wheels.

In Canada, two Pro-4X models are being sold, compared with four in the U.S., and two SV models compared with three in the U.S. There are two packages offered in Canada, versus 10 options in the U.S.

The Pro-4X is geared to off-roaders with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, Bilstein shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential and skid plates.

In 2016 and beyond, the Titan lineup will expand to three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrains and five grade levels.

It’s been named one of three finalists for North American Truck/Utility vehicle of the year, and also awarded as the “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The full-size pickup was designed at Nissan’s studio in La Jolla, Calif., by senior manager Diane Allen and a pair of Canadians, project lead Randy Rodriguez of Surrey, B.C., and designer Stephen Moneypenny of Brampton, Ont.


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