The Titan XD debuted in 2016 -- a year before the standard-duty Titan -- and thrusted Nissan into uncharted territory: The no-man's land between light-duty and heavy-duty pickups. After gaining new cab and bed configurations in 2017, we expect no changes beyond the already-announced Midnight Edition package in 2018.
Visually, the Titan XD will retain the look it’s had since 2016. This rugged appearance was a welcome sight to Nissan fans who grew tired of the ancient look of the previous-generation Titan. The interior will also remain unchanged, as it’ll continue with its numerous storage areas and roomy rear seat.
Also expected to remain the same in 2018 are the Titan XD’s standard features. These include 17-inch steel wheels, a locking tailgate with dampers, a sliding rear window, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cruise control. Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch color audio system display, and more.
The one big change for 2018 will be the newly available Midnight Edition package. This package will darken the Titan XD with its black grille with dark insert, dark headlights, black fog light finishers, black fender louvers, black side-view mirrors and door handles, step rails, black exterior badging, and 20-inch black-painted aluminum-alloy wheels. It will also gain body-color front and rear bumpers, charcoal interior trim, and Midnight Edition exterior badges. Buyers can opt for the available Midnight Edition floor mats. The Midnight Edition will be available in three exterior colors: Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic, or Pearl White.
We also expect no changes under the Titan XD’s hood. It’ll continue with its standard 5.6-liter gasoline-fueled V8 with 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will also have the option of a 5.0-liter V8 Cummins diesel engine that will crank out 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine will pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacities should remain the same at 12,314 for the diesel model and 11,270 for the gasoline version.
The Titan XD does not have its own IIHS ratings, but its smaller sister pickup, the Titan, received “Good” ratings in all the crash tests except the all-important small-overlap test. In the latter test, it received only a “Marginal” rating, eliminating it from Top Safety Pick status. Also eliminating it from being a Top Safety Pick is its lack of front-crash prevention and its “Marginal” headlight score. This should all remain the same in 2018.