Nissan still planning V6-powered Titan

The V6 will also power the next Frontier.

We still haven't seen the V6-powered Titan pickup Nissan promised us in 2016. The model hasn't been shelved, but the Japanese company won't confirm when it will make its debut.

"A new Frontier is on its way and a V6 is more geared toward that segment. [The Frontier and the Titan] are built in the same plant in Mississippi so that opportunity is being looked at for Titan also," said Michael Bunce, the senior vice president of product planning for Nissan's North American division, in an interview with WardsAuto.

We expect to see the next Frontier break cover in the coming months. Production will begin before the summer of 2018. With that time frame in mind, the Titan could gain a V6-powered entry-level model when it enters the 2019 model year.

The V6-powered Titan will be aimed largely at fleet customers. However, looking at sales of the EcoBoost-powered Ford F-150 suggests the six-cylinder will also draw private buyers looking for a more fuel-efficient truck. Rivals Chevrolet and Ram also offer a V6 but the take rate is much lower.

Nissan is already planning the next-generation Titan. Bunce added the company remains open to joining forces with another auto-maker to save costs. The current Titan very nearly shared its basic architecture with what was then called the Dodge Ram but the deal fell through when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.

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