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The next generation of Nissan's Titan pickup truck is scheduled to arrive somewhere around 2014 and could be joined or even proceeded by a heavy-duty version. The news comes from a report by PickupTrucks.com, after an interview with Larry Dominique, vice president advanced and product planning and strategy at Nissan North America.

Despite making up only a miniscule segment of the truck market (2.11 percent to be exact), Nissan execs have repeatedly enforced the automaker's commitment to offer a light duty full sized pickup truck. Initially Nissan was working with Chrysler to develop a new truck based on the Ram 1500, but after Chrysler's bankruptcy proceedings and takeover by Fiat, the new Chrysler company broke off the agreement.

With the Titan's future uncertain and market conditions unfavorable, sales plunged throughout the year, but Dominique believes the truck may have hit a turning point as original buyers seek to replace their trucks with new models.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has said publicly that Nissan without Chrysler's help, Nissan will go it alone, developing an all new Titan from the ground up.

Dominique is currently putting together a proposal for his bosses that would see the Titan and a heavy duty Titan share some exterior and interior parts, but with different frames. Ideally, this would lower production costs, while expanding Nissan's share of the truck market.

With a date of roughly 2014 to the new Titan the current truck could have a production run of 11 years. Nissan will attempt to keep its truck fresh and competitive with updates from other trucks, like the Armada and Infiniti QX56.

More: Report: New Nissan Titan Coming in 2014, Titan Heavy Duty Possible on AutoGuide.com
 

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heavy duty version with a big *** cummins......would be SICK!
 

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Either way you cut it that truck will be sick, too long they're gonna take to 2014 to release it though, every north american full size seemed to come out with a new model recently, if nissan could capitalize on the insufficiencies of those trucks ASAP they could have well more than 2.11 percent of the truck market in no time, especially if they can throw a super efficient diesel in it...
 

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i think it needs to have a strait front axle and a choice of a manual tranny
 

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navistar motors ar just junk lots of issues with them over all. I'd love to see a Detroit in a pick up but that's unlikely
 

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i think it needs to have a strait front axle and a choice of a manual tranny
not to be a downer, but that's never going to happen. there hasn't been a solid front axle 1/2 ton truck since the 02 rams came out. most had been IFS for a long time before that. now the manual transmission choice might be logical if they decide to make a v6 optional on the 2nd gen. the 4.0 VQ or it's replacement might be a good choice, especially if it gets direct injection. i would expect a 4 liter direct injection VQ to make somewhere around 300hp and prolly 320 ft lbs of torque or so, maybe a little less, as an evolution of the engine currently being used to end up in the next frontier as well. a direct injection VK56 is definitely a possibility for the 2nd gen titan since it is debuting in the M56 this year with 420 hp and 417 ft lbs. obviously the engine would be cam'd and tweaked for more torque and less hp (along with a lower redline to match) but i could easily see 400hp and 430 ft lbs out of the motor while improving gas mileage. that leaves plenty of room for a 300ish hp v6 to be the entry level, probably only on a KC model if that (like the four banger in fronty's is only available in the KC, not CC).
 

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lots of major problems, just think if it sucked so bad that ford got rid of it then it must SUCK...jk not trying to ford bash but they are horrible motors
 

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search ford heavy duty forums for the terms "powerstroke 6.0" and "powerstroke 6.4" if you need more info, but basically they are junk, particularly the 6-0. it was so bad they scrapped it all together after just a few years and started from scratch with the 6.4, it's better but not much. the old PS' are where it's at, i'll take a 7.3 and a programmer any day of the week
 

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not to be a downer, but that's never going to happen. there hasn't been a solid front axle 1/2 ton truck since the 02 rams came out. most had been IFS for a long time before that.
yeah i know, but it would be super duper cool
 
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