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Car and Driver: Less Titanic: Nissan Unveils 2017 Titan Single Cab Models

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Truck purists of a certain age recall the days when crew cabs were reserved for work-site trucks and the odd fifth-wheel prime mover that also needed to carry a family. Today they’re common as table salt, with the short-bed/crew-cab configuration a legitimate substitute for a family sedan in many parts of the country. Today, true single-cabs are the models most likely to be spied only on jobs, and it’s that market Nissan’s aiming at with the 2017 Titan and Titan XD single-cab models. With their NV models, the automaker’s been doing a healthy fleet business; it only makes sense that they’d offer a work truck to serve alongside the vans and allow their customers to one-stop shop.

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The Titan XD is available with either Nissan’s 390-hp, 394-lb-ft 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 or the 310-horse, 555-lb-ft Cummins 5.0 turbo-diesel V-8. The single-cab XD comes with a seven-speed trans lashed to the gas honker, and a six-speed Aisin automatic behind the Cummins. The gas engine will tow 11,590 pounds, while the diesel is rated for 12,640.

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The regular Titan single cab will only offer the 5.6 V-8/seven-speed auto to start, with a smaller V-6 to show up later during the truck’s run. The tow rating is down almost a ton compared to the gas-fired XD, coming it at 9730 pounds. It should be noted that with either engine, the single-cab Titan and XD are rated to tow between 320 and 340 pounds more than the crew-cab models. The Titan’s payload capacity is up 320 pounds over the crew cab, to 1930. On the XD side, the diesel gets a boost of 329 extra pounds of cargo, (to 2420), while the gas model nets a payload rating of 2910 pounds, up 320 from the four-door.

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Both the Titan and Titan XD are available with either rear- or four-wheel drive, and in either basic S or slightly-fancier SV trim. These, after all, are work trucks. Don’t expect a full-schmantz Platinum Reserve model unless single-cab pickups suddenly become a status symbol. And after all, with a standard full-size 8-foot bed (compared to a 5.5-footer on the Titan crew cab and a 6.5-foot unit on the XD crew), you can cart home larger luxury items for your home and garage. Isn’t that what a pickup’s for? To make work easier and living a bit nicer?

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Those who pine for a middle ground in the pickup-cabin roominess sweepstakes, fear not, as a King Cab eventually will follow the single-cab models into the breach. But if you’re hot for a basic, pure, full-size Nissan pickup, you don’t have long to wait. The single cabs will hit dealers this fall.

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