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Car and Driver: 2017 Nissan Titan XD Gas V-8 Priced From $36,485

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Registering just a half-percent of the U.S. pickup truck market, it’s a miracle the Nissan Titan ever advanced to a second generation. But the new Titan is here, with two distinct chassis and three engines, wrestling from the bottom of the pile. After debuting the pricier, not-quite-heavy-duty XD diesel last year, Nissan is now offering a gasoline V-8 on the XD for $5000 less.

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A base 2017 Titan XD 4×2 Crew Cab S will start at $36,485 when it arrives this summer. Initially, Nissan will sell only Crew Cab gasoline V-8 models, with standard and extended King Cab models to follow. Later still, a true half-ton Titan (with a shorter length, wheelbase, and height) will emerge alongside a gasoline V-6.

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Despite its rarity on the job site—or just about anywhere—the new Titan XD V-8 will cost a couple hundred more than a comparable 2016 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7-liter V-8, a vehicle that outsold the Titan 10-to-one last year. But it’s a couple hundred less than a similar Ford F-250, which is exactly the spot Nissan wants as it bridges the light- and heavy-duty segments.

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Unlike the Cummins diesel, which gets a six-speed automatic, the gasoline XD pairs its 5.6-liter V-8 with a seven-speed. The V-8 is good for 390 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, increases of 73 horses and 16 lb-ft over the outgoing engine, thanks to direct injection, variable valve timing and lift, and higher compression (11.2:1 versus 9.8:1). Fuel economy, towing, payload, and other vital specs aren’t yet available.

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As before, the gasoline Titan XD 4×2 will come in four trim levels (S, SV, SL, and Platinum Reserve). A fifth off-road variant (Pro-4X) is limited to the 4×4, and includes Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, skid plates, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in knobby tires. Nissan also hasn’t detailed standard and optional equipment for the other models, but we expect them to align with the diesel.

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