The 2005 Nissan Titan King Cab full-size pickup continues as a “big ideas” design, with features like Wide-Open rear doors that open 168 degrees for nearly unlimited interior access and a high-utility bed that includes an industry-first factory-applied spray-in bed liner, a Utili-track tie-down system that provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility and an integrated, lockable bedside storage compartment.
After a banner first year, with a host of automotive awards, the Titan King Cab enters 2005 with minor enhancements. For 2005, the Titan King Cab adds standard front seat active head restraints, dampened tailgate assist, which helps aid in the opening and closing of the tailgate, and a new exterior and interior color.
Unchanged is Titan’s powerful 305-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC V8 with a torque rating of 379 lb-ft. The Titan also offers a standard 5-speed automatic transmission and a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds (when properly equipped). Titan King Cab is available with a choice of 2WD and 4WD.
“Titan had a tremendously successful rookie year in a very tough segment,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. “Titan meets the full-size truck prerequisites of size and power and exceeds standards with features like the high-utility bed, Wide-Open doors and lockable bedside storage.”
A Platform of its Own
“Serious full-size truck owners require their pickups to have full-size power – horsepower, torque and towing capacity,” said McNabb. “With Titan, an enormous priority was placed on these essentials in the development process.”
Powering the Titan is a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 379 lb-ft of torque and features a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds (when properly equipped) – as much as some 3/4-ton pickups. Titan utilizes a rugged, fully boxed high-strength all-steel F-Alpha platform for enhanced crash performance and long-term durability.
The standard 5-speed automatic transmission was designed especially for heavy-duty truck use, with emphasis on serious towing. Each component was created for full-size truck application, along with a wide gear ratio to create a high performance control system producing top-class acceleration, power and shift quality.
The use of advanced engine technology such as aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, and Super Silent single-stage timing chain result in good fuel economy with no sacrifice of performance.
For 4WD models, Titan adapts an advanced shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes with electronic control part-time transfer case.
An off-road package is available with unique lower ratio gearing, Dana axles, class-exclusive switch-on-demand electronically activated locking rear differential, off-road-style Rancho® performance gas shock absorbers, large all-terrain tires, fog lights and lower radiator, oil pan and transfer case skid plates.
Titan's responsive handling is a product of its all-steel double wishbone front suspension design and rigid leaf (dual rate) rear suspension with shackles mounted along the frame sides to increase departure angle. The Titan is available with 17-inch painted steel wheels and 245/75R17 tires or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/70R18 tires. Also available are 17-inch brushed aluminum-alloy wheels and 285/70R17 tires as part of the off-road package.
Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is standard, along with 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Wide-Open Vehicle Entry
Among the Titan King Cab’s many standard and available features are power-adjustable front seats with available driver's seat memory system, heated front seats and flip-up 60/40 rear seat cushions for added cargo space and flexibility, with grocery hooks on the bottom of the seat cushions. The rear floor was designed to fold nearly flat for maximum cargo utility.
The King Cab’s rear compartment offers ample rear storage, including door storage bins and rear door bottle holders in the armrests and power front windows with one-touch up and down function.
Along with the “everyday innovations” found in Titan’s storage and comfort details, the King Cab features a true breakthrough design innovation - a first-in-class Wide-Open rear door that swings open 168 degrees, providing unprecedented access to the rear seats. Key to the door’s design is a hefty, two-stage hinge with four axis of rotation. The door opens first to a conventional 85 degrees, then can be swung the rest of the way up to 168 degrees.
Along with providing a new level of ease for entering and exiting the rear seat, the Wide-Open door allows owners to load packages or cargo in crowded parking lots without having to maneuver between the traditional “trap” of partially opened front and rear doors.
The Wide-Open door is standard on all 2005 Nissan Titan King Cab models.
A High-Function Utility Bed
The Titan King Cab’s other really big idea is actually a series of innovations, all addressing truck owners’ desire for more utility and flexibility in how they use their trucks’ beds.
Nissan research showed that a vast majority of full-size pickup owners perform some sort of modifications, usually bed liners or tie-down systems, to their trucks after purchase. After studying available aftermarket bed utility systems and bed liners, the Titan team created a unique, two-part solution.
First, to overcome the tendency of aftermarket drop-in bedliners to warp or trap rust-inducing moisture underneath, or the relatively high cost and thickness of typical aftermarket spray-in bedliners, a special factory-applied spray-in bedliner was developed. Using a special high durability hard surface resin application, which can be sprayed on complex surfaces, the bedliner helps prevent scratch damage and corrosion to the bed and inner tailgate surface. Thinner than drop-in bedliners or typical aftermarket spray-in applications, the Titan bedliner also maximizes bed volume. It is the first offered by any original equipment manufacturer and is covered by the Nissan warranty.
The second part of the bed utility solution was the development of the Utili-track System tie-down channel system. With this system, five special "C" cross-section rails are mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel).
Removable utility cleats slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for cargo tie-down. The channels are open at the rear of the bed, allowing the cleats to be completely removed when not in use for easy cleaning of the channels with a spray washer or garden hose.
The cleats are rated at 200 pounds and the Utili-track System also includes 22 additional structural reinforcements to strengthen the bed, helping to accommodate the loads associated with the channel system. In addition, slide-in channel caps help prevent debris from collecting in the floor channels when not in use.
Nissan offers an extensive line of bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units, along with bike and kayak racks and other accessories.
The Titan King Cab bed also includes four standard stake pockets and, as required, Titan carries 4x8-foot plywood sheets easily between the wheel housings.
The Titan also features an innovative bedside storage compartment located behind the rear driver’s side wheel. The bedside storage bin is designed to hold common truck items such as work gloves, chains, rope, road flares, first aid kit or a hitch ball. The compartment is double-sealed to help prevent the intrusion of water and dust (though the compartment is not designed to be waterproof in case of submersion) and uses the Titan ignition key for unlocking.
Also available for 2005 is dampened tailgate assist that aids in the effort to open and close the tailgate.
Safety and Security
The 2005 Titan includes a long list of safety equipment, including available front seat side-impact and curtain supplemental air bags that help provide side-impact and rollover protection for outboard passengers (the first available among full-size pickups).
Standard safety features on the 2005 Titan include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger occupant classification sensor, front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, front seat active head restraints, pretensioners and load limiters, three-point rear outboard passenger seat belts and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system.
Driver and passenger confidence is accentuated with an extensive list of vehicle-incorporated safety features including a Zone Body construction with front and rear structure crumple zones, an energy absorbing steering column, hood buckling creases with safety stops, knee bolsters and special body side reinforcements and a shift interlock system.
Models and Manufacturing
The 2005 Nissan Titan King Cab is offered in three models – XE, SE and LE, each with a choice of 2WD and 4WD – and with a long list of standard equipment including a powerful 5.6-liter V8, 5-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode, power rack-and-pinion steering and 17-inch wheels and tires.
For 2005 Titan will be available in a new exterior color, Red Alert and a new interior color, Steel.
Titan King Cab XE models are equipped with a standard split front bench seat (40/20/40 split) with a center seat fold-down armrest storage bin and split fold-up rear seat (60/40 split) with three-point seat belts for all positions and available spray-in bedliner. New for 2005, XE and SE 4WD models are available with a Trac Package (standard on LE) that includes 2-wheel limited slip and front tow hooks.
Titan King Cab SE models include optional front captains chairs, 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and P265/70R18 tires and chrome steel center bumper, while King Cab LE models add 6-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, standard high-utility bed, tubular-style running boards, leather-appointed seating, Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers and more.
Optional King Cab equipment packages include the XE Preferred Package with upgraded audio system, sliding rear tinted window and overhead console.
Optional King Cab SE equipment packages include a SE Popular Package (equipped with split bench seat or bucket seats) including upgraded audio system with steering wheel audio controls, rearview mirror, temperature and UGDO, proximity sensors and adjustable pedals; and Popular Rockford Fosgate Package, which includes Popular Package contents plus premium sound Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system. The well-equipped King Cab LE model includes an available Navigation Package with DVD-based navigations system.
All three models offer an Off-Road Package, which includes Rancho® performance gas shocks, lower final gear ratio (3.357), P285/70R17 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, skid plates (oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case), fog lamps and tow hooks. Both the SE and LE models offer a Utility Bed Package with C-channel tie down system, bed side storage, rear bed lighting and power point and spray-in bed liner; and Tow Package including receiver hitch, lower final gear ratio, additional 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake prewiring, transmission temperature gauge, extending mirrors and heavy-duty battery.