“At Nissan we specialize in offering solutions to customers’ unmet needs, and Titan is the greatest example,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. “Our research revealed that full-size truck owners wanted better access to the rear seat in King Cabs, better use of their truck beds and a better solution to drop-in bedliners – Titan delivers on all of the above unmet needs with flying colors.”
For 2006, Titan adds minor enhancements. Titan LE models add new standard power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim and integrated turn signal, mid-grade audio package adds the ability to play mp3 formatted CDs (standard on SE and LE, optional on XE) and there are other minor package and model improvements. In addition, two new colors are available on all 2006 Titan models – Majestic Blue and Granite.
Full-Size Power for Full-Size Lives
The heart and soul of the Titan is pure, unabashed power, with an all-aluminum 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 for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (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, class-exclusive** switch-on-demand electronically activated locking rear differential, off-road-style Rancho? performance gas shock absorbers, unique 17-inch alloy wheels with 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 overslung leaf spring (dual rate) rear suspension with shackles mounted along the frame sides to increase departure angle. The Titan comes standard with 17-inch painted steel wheels and 245/75R17 tires or available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (five or six spoke) and 265/70R18 tires. Also available are 17-inch 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) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Full-Size Interior Like No Other
Titan’s interior is extremely spacious. With 126 cubic feet, the Titan Crew Cab offers more interior space than any competitive half-ton crew cab model. The Titan Crew Cab also offers class-leading** front and rear seat leg room with 41.8 inches and 40.4 inches respectively.
Two interior configurations are available – a standard bench seat with column shifter, which seats six passengers or an optional Captain’s Chair Package with two front bucket seats, which seats five passengers and offers a large center console and gated floor shifter.
The center console can hold a variety of beverage containers, including a 1-liter bottle. A 12-volt adapter is equipped in the storage area and can be used as a power source for a phone or other electronic devices. The storage in the center console offers passengers a variety of storage choices, with size adjusted by simply removing or adding dividers. The console’s storage box can also accommodate hanging file folders and contains holders for maps, paper, pens and business cards on the console lid.
Among the Titan’s many interior features are standard 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 Crew Cab’s rear seat is large and relaxing, with a full 24 degrees of seat back angle.
Titan’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 (not available on King Cab XE models).
An available overhead console system gives passengers more storage options. The console houses rear audio controls and also contains dampened storage bins for both front and rear passengers for items like sunglasses, CDs, cell phone, PDA or a small tissue box. Crew Cab models offer an optional rear-seat DVD Mobile Theatre System with fold-down 7-inch monitor.
Titan Crew Cab models offer an available power down/up rear window.
Titan features a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows extra versatility and can also be used as a working area. Additionally, power-adjustable front seats with available driver’s seat memory system and heated seats provide added convenience, while standard front-seat active head restraints add one more extra element of safety. Titan also offers power-adjustable foot pedals with memory.
Innovative 168 Degree Access
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 2006 Nissan Titan King Cab models.
A High-Function Utility Bed
Another really big idea found on Titan, and perhaps Titan’s biggest innovation and differentiation from the competition is its cargo bed, 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 bedliners or tie-down systems, to their trucks after purchase. After studying available aftermarket bed utility systems and bedliners, 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-on bedliners, a special factory-applied spray-on 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-on 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 bed also includes four standard stake pockets and, as required for a working pickup, carries 4x8-foot plywood sheets easily between the wheel housings. Titan’s bed includes a standard dampened tailgate assist that aids in the effort to open and close the tailgate.
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.
Safety and Security
The 2006 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 2006 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 2006 Nissan Titan King Cab and Crew Cab are 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 2006 Titan will be available in two new exterior colors, Majestic Blue and Granite.
Titan 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-on bedliner. XE and SE 2WD models are available with a Trac Package (standard on LE) that includes 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS) and front tow hooks.
Titan SE models include standard 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and P265/70R18 tires and chrome steel center bumper, while LE models add 6-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, standard high-utility bed, leather-appointed seating, Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers. New for 2006 is an auto climate control system and power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim, and integrated turn signal.
Optional equipment packages include the XE Preferred Package with upgraded audio system, sliding rear tinted window and overhead console. The Crew Cab XE Preferred Package also adds remote keyless entry, vehicle security system and an Immobilizer system.
Optional 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. For 2006, the Crew Cab SE model offers an available sunroof. The well-equipped LE model offers an available Navigation Package with DVD-based navigation system.
All three models offer an Off-Road Package (4x4 models only), which includes Rancho® performance gas shocks, lower final gear ratio (3.357), P285/70R17 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (7 spoke), 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-on bedliner; and for 2006, the Titan’s Tow Package is offered on XE, which includes receiver hitch, lower final gear ratio, additional 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake prewiring, transmission temperature gauge, extending mirrors and heavy-duty battery.
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* All horsepower ratings are per SAE J1349 JUN1995
** Ward´s pickup class under 8,500 GVWR starting under $45,000