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2016 Nissan Titan XD Marks Major Update For The Pickup

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Nissan has finally updated its Titan pickup, which was first introduced back in 2004. The second generation full-size pickup truck will bridge the gap between the half-ton Titan and the heavy-duty contenders from Ford, GM and Ram.

Based on a report, the Nissan Titan XD has an all-new reinforced and strengthened body plus the highly coveted 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel that can produce 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. It can lug around 12,640 pounds on the integrated gooseneck hitch, plus the weight of the truck and the passengers in Single Cab form.

The engine is paired with a heavy-duty six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with manual shift controls.

The Cummins diesel is 20 percent better in terms of fuel economy than a gasoline-powered V-8 with full loads. It has a rating of 15.8 mpg city, 20.8 mpg highway, and 17.7 mpg combined.

The Titan XD is also offering a revised, 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. It produces 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It comes with a new, seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

The standard Titan, on the other hand, will be offered in either a V-6 or V-8 gasoline engine. There are no details yet about the V-6 engine.

In terms of exterior, Nissan completely diverted from the 2016 Titan XD since only the corporate grille and the side mirrors have been brought to this new truck.

The 2017 Titan XD has a bolder and wider stance, thanks largely to its sculpted fenders at the front and rear. There’s also the equally huge front fascia that sports a chrome mesh grille with the name “TITAN” embossed across the top.

Wheels are optional in 17, 18 and 20 inches, but all are wrapped in LT-series tires. To make it easier to step up into the bed, Nissan also incorporated the side running boards to extend past the cab.

New Nissan BladeGlider Edges Close To Production

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We had a sighting of the new Nissan BladeGlider, which, contrary to how we met it before in its concept form, is a little close to being production legible. Notice how the form is a little neutered? It’s still not anywhere near a production car, but it looks like Nissan is proving its promise to bring the BladeGlider to showrooms.

Originally introduced during the 2013 Tokyo show concept, the car was so out-of-this-world that we deem it impossible to see a production version anytime soon. For now, it’s dubbed as the BladeGlider v2, an “advanced prototype.”

The differences between the original concept and this one made us think it’s possible to see these with licensed plates soon. After all, Nissan made sure the front and rear widths are less disparate, though still at “odds” with each other. The widths are, of course, inspired by DeltaWing badge.

The BladeGlider is being described by a source as an electric car for car lovers, with specs that definitely prove such claims. It’s a rear-wheel-only drive, each one having its own 130kW motor. The total system output is 264 bhp and 521 lb. ft. Not bad at all for an electric car.

It weighs around 1,300 kg, which is a lot in terms of racing car specs. Remember, though, that the BladeGlider also packs batteries. In terms of sizing, the BladeGlider should compete with the likes of Ford Focus (in terms of length, width and wheelbase) or the Nissan electric Leaf.

The car is powered with a mixture of two motors via torque vectoring. It has three modes—off, agile and drift. There are no details yet regarding powersliding, though we can only imagine how that would feel with the BladeGlider.

Britain’s Williams Advanced Engineering will provide the powertrain, which has a top speed of 118mph, and takes 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

Two of the BladeGliders are on their way to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. Let’s see how the reactions will turn this advanced concept into a production version.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Gets Facelift and More

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Nissan just announced the new 2017 Pathfinder, the fourth-generation of the model the Japanese automaker has routinely forgot to update over the years.
Aside from a facelift, the Pathfinder also has a new 3.5-liter engine, more power, new front and rear fascias, updated technology, and a bump in towing capacity based on a report.
Details for the exterior look of the Pathfinder include a set of redesigned headlamps that comes with new lens layout and a refined bottom edge that has a zigzag to it. The fog light bezels are a little higher and more upright while the air dam isn’t as wide as before.
As for the hood, it now has a sharper drop as compared to the smoother curve of the current Pathfinder.
The side profile remains the same, except for new sideview mirrors.
Inside, not much has changed, though the Pathfinder’s interior remains to be our favorite, thanks to how inviting it has always seem with its simplistic and functional design.
Nissan claims the center console has been redesigned but we found nothing except for the standalone cup holders. What’s certainly new in the Pathfinder’s interior is the infotainment display with an 8-inch screen with improved human-machine interface.
Other additions include the SirriusXM radio capability, Bluetooth connectivity, updated instrument cluster with driver assistance and infotainment functions, and HD interior microphone.
The biggest change is the 3.5-liter V-6-like engine found in the 2016 Pathfinder and older models. It can produce 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels through Nissan’s third-gen Xtronic CVT transmission with D-Step logic control.
Nissan has yet to announce pricing details but based on the current range, the 2017 Pathfinder will start at $30,900 for the base model and up to $43,000 for the range-topping Platinum trim.
Check out the photos of the new Nissan Pathfinder in the gallery below:

Video: Japanese Police Gets The Nissan 370Z

There seems to be a pervading trend now among the governments of first-world nations: use sports car as the official livery of the country’s police force.

Just recently, Nissan handed over three of its 370Z to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to show they are supporting the men and women in service of Tokyo, Japan.

The cars are all decked out in black-and-white regalia, complete with flashing lights and all the livery worthy of a police car. If one looks at the cars closely, they can also notice the Nissan badge at the front was replaced by the Tokyo police force’s shield.

Especially prepared by Nismo using the 370Z Nismo as donor, these three new police cars for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department will use Nissan’s familiar 3.7-liter V6 engine, based on a report. For these particular cars, the engine can deliver 350 horsepower.

Nissan provided the cars after the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department called on Japanese automakers to provide them with an “iconic car” that will help represent the department’s commitment to road safety in the city (and even in surrounding areas).

This was a similar strategy used by the UAE government, particularly Dubai, although things are quite different in that oil-rich country. For the Dubai Police Department, nothing short of the priciest sports cars can speak out against the deluge of high performance engines parading around the city every single day.

Exotic cars such as the Bugatti Veyron and the Porsche 918 Spyder make up the Dubai Police Department’s fleet.

Such a call from Japan (and even from Dubai) followed an announcement by Italy’s Carabinieri earlier this month that it has a handful of Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglios in its fleet.

Can you just imagine having a Bugatti for a police car? The Nissan 370Z is not in any way cheap, but the Bugatti, Porsche and Alfa Romeo are on totally different platforms.

2017 Nissan Micra Is Almost Ready To Roll

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Nissan is already on the testing phase for its fifth generation Micra, which should be due sometime next year. It might be under heavy camouflage and padding, but it should receive some dramatic design changes from the current model.

Sources are saying that the new Nissan Micra will be using the CMF B platform, which was developed within the Renault-Nissan alliance—also to be used on the next generation Nissan Juke. The new Micra will borrow some design cues from the Nissan Pulsar and the Nissan Sway concept that we saw at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the spy shots, the new Micra will be longer and the rear hatch has a new shape with more angle on it than the current model. The headlights will probably be longer, too, and less bug-eyed than before. It extends further into the front grille, which looks smaller. The front fascia, front grille and fog lights will likely be changed too.

We will be expecting the body itself to be wider below the waistline. Some changes will be made on the side skirts too. Overall, the new Micra should have a sportier look than its predecessor.

Inside, not much was photographed. The current Micra already has a pretty upscale interior for an economy car, so Nissan might not change so much in this department. There should be the same basic design—functional—with the basic center console and majority of the controls placed on the center stack.

The new Micra should be offering a range of three- or four-cylinder gasoline engines. The current model has a 1.2-liter engine that manages 78 horsepower for the base option and 97 horsepower for the high-end unit.

Currently, the Micra starts out at £7,995 for the base model. It climbs all the way to £15,115 for the range-topping Tekna trim with a 1.2-liter and a CVT transmission. The new Micra should be priced somewhere between $11,499 and $21,739.

What Would A Nissan Sentra Nismo Be Like?

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It’s way too hard not to imagine what a Nissan car bearing the Nismo nameplate be like after the company revealed its concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

There was a time that Nissan was the dream of many, thanks to its SE-R, which was sadly discontinued after the 2012 model. That one was packed to capacity—a four-cylinder engine, responsive suspension, and a competitive price tag.

You wouldn’t find the likes these days, except that Nissan will probably surprise us with a performance Sentra with all the goodies of before. But until the company actually announces something, car enthusiasts are free to imagine what the Nismo nameplate would come with.

According to a source, the Nissan Sentra Nismo would have Nissan’s “Energetic Flow” design language as seen on the Altima, Maxima and Murano. The front fascia would gain the “V-Motion” grille, as well as boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights. A strip of chrome would run from the trunk to the window surround, linking the nose and tail with shiny metal.

Across the Nismo lineup, you would find the premium Bright Pearl White color with accents done in red, black and carbon fiber, most especially in lower fascia, sideview mirrors, door handles and side sills.

There would also be a shiny black chrome mesh for the upper and lower grilles while the 19-inch aluminum alloys Ray wheels will use a dark grey matte finish and polished lip.

For the drivetrain, the Sentra is usually equipped with 1.8-liter, DOHC, inline four-cylinder engine. The total output stands at only 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque through a front-wheel drive continuously variable transmission (CVT). It can go 0-to-60 mph on automatic transmission or manual transmission for the base model Sentra S.

There’s a turbocharger to add more power and speed. This can lead to 265 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

As for the price, the Nismo would most likely start at $28,000.

Nissan Navara Pick-Up Has GT-R Engine, 800 bhp

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Nissan just announced that its new Navara will have the GT-R engine. There, just let that sink for a while because we’re also just coming into terms with this brand new information.

Based from the source, this is the creation of Severn Valley Motorsport (SVM), the Shropshire-based company that worked into fusing the GT-R engine into the Qashqai. For the Nissan Navara, its goal is to have it reach the top speed of 230 mph.

But unlike the Qashqai, the new Navara is still in the conceptual stage, so it’s not really a truck that is ready for sale yet. Rather, Nissan intends to tease us with what they can do with a pick-up truck that packs the GT-R engine. Builders everywhere would surely come running to get this truck in production.

The Navara-R is expected to come with 800 bhp, but SVM said they are tuning it to have 550 bhp for the standard GT-R version and right up to 1,500 bhp for the top-of-the-line variant. The top speed for the range-topping version would just like be the Bugatti Chiron.

For those interested, SVM can shoehorn an engine to your choosing into a Navara. You also get to choose the appropriate chassis mods that would fit well with the engine you chose. Or if you’ve got more money, you can opt for a body that would have an entire R35 GT-R drivetrain, four-wheel drive gubbines, and driver-flattering technology.

That would more likely cost £175,000 before tax. After tax, it would shoot up past £200,000. SVM said it’s open to suggestions for the concept such as the kind of manual gearbox it would fit in with the engine, as well as if it’s going to be a rear-wheel drive.

SVM is also eyeing the Pulsar hatchback and turn it into the Pulsar GTI-R with the GT-R powerplant. SVM’s Luke Anthony said the company is open to the “craziest” ideas with regards to the concept.

2017 Titan Crew Cab With V8 Engine Showcased At NYIAS

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Following the world debut of the new 2017 Nissan GT-R supercar, the company also announced the first public showing of the 2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab, which will compete at the full-size pickup segment.

Officially, it’s the Nissan Titan Crew Cab half-ton pickup, and it will be available nationwide starting this summer. During the 2016 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, Nissan announced that this would be the standard bearer of the company’s family of Titan pickups.

The Titan Crew Cab is powered by the new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine that churns out 390 horsepower. It will initially be released as a Crew Cab model, though Single and King Cab variants are planned for later this year.

According to Fred Diaz, the division vice president and general manager for Nissan North America, the 2017 Titan Crew Cab will have the same aggressive style as the Titan XD. They will share the same cabs, though Titan’s half ton chassis is different from the XD.

The half-ton pickup will be powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter V8 engine, which was also featured in the Nissan Titan XD V8 Gas. A V6 gasoline engine will be available as well, although we don’t have details about it yet. The Crew Cab comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

It will initially be available in five Crew Cab trim levels in both 4×4 and 4×2 wheel drives. Its V-8 engine and auto transmission will also be packed with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

This V8-powered half-ton pickup offers a range of equipment packages that would allow buyers to customize the features they want for the truck. Diaz said the Crew Cab is in a unique position as it balances well between the heavy duty and light duty pickup truck variants.

Nissan announced its pricing during the NYIAS—$35,290 for the TITAN XD S Crew Cab 4×2 model.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder: Eco Friendly Model

For quite some time it has been observed that most of the car makers have started transforming their truck based SUVs into gentler and kinder crossovers. To go by the flourishing trend, Nissan has come forward with its 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which has also emerged as the latest example of the ongoing trend and for almost every reason, the emergence seems to be for nothing less than good. Although, the newly introduced 7 passenger SUV has lost its towing and off road capabilities which were the main attractions of its predecessor, but just like any other transition mode this large crossover from Nissan has also gone under some tremendous changes that will make it high on utility. The all new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has been redesigned completely and is ready to impress the buyers with its spacious and refurbished interior with main highlight of adult sized seating for both second and row passengers. Superior ride and excellent handling qualities will surely make 2014 Nissan Pathfinder an ideal option for carpool or tough shopping trips.

3.5 liter V6 engine is the main source of power in pathfinder along with its continuously variable transmission that provides the option to drive on front wheel or on the all wheel mode in the all wheel drive models. With the availability of CVT the pathfinder manages to achieve fuel economy of 22 mpg for the front wheel drive models and 21 mpg for all wheel drive models. These numbers might not be very attractive for some but if compared to several other seven seat pathfinders Pathfinder stands among the most efficient ones.

If you are unaffected by the mpg number of Pathfinder, then company has also introduced the Hybrid version of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder which is fitted with a supercharged 2.5 liter four cylinder engine powered by 15 kilowatt electric motor. If you take a look under the hood of the hybrid version you will find the neatly packed lithium ion battery under the third row seat, which has also lead to significant fuel economy improvements without making any compromise in cargo and passenger space. Because there are very less number of 7 passenger hybrids in the market, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder can be your potential preferred choice over the slightly more fuel efficient 2104 Toyota Highlander’s Hybrid version, which is also the only option falling under this price band.

If you are still not settled with the positives of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, then there are some mid to large size three row crossovers to consider. We would recommend you to consider 2014 GMC Acadia if roomy and spacious cabin is your top priority, while on the other hand 2014 Mazda CX-9 also has roomier cabin than 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, CX-9 also excels in ride and handling dynamics which are quite impressive for such a large sized crossover. The Dodge Durango and 2014 Ford Flex can also be your picks if you are looking for engine and performance based SUV, but in none of these alternatives you will find Pathfinders’ great strength, exceptional interior and great fuel economy.

The 2014 Nissan Juke

The 2014 Nissan Juke is one high fashion vehicle that is designed to turn heads around anywhere it goes. A crossover plus hatchback, the 2014 Nissan Juke is one unconventionally styled ride that also offers an equally exciting driving experience. Everything about the 2014 Nissan Juke is fun and young. This vehicle demands attention.

While on the outside it carries bold curves and contours that are amazingly stylish and futuristic, almost creating a whole new niche of exteriors, on the inside, the crossover wagon is equally spicy with an aggressive turbocharged four-cylinder grunt, an extremely precise steering and a sport-tuned suspension, all combining to for a machinery so agile, that driving the 2014 Nissan Juke becomes addictive. Despite being a small hatchback, this vehicle comes with an option of an all wheel drive model. Now that is one impressive offer to avail from a hatchback! While the passengers on the rear may have to compromise a bit with the room it offers, and the cargo capacity might not feel enough as compared to other models in the niche, the 2014 Nissan Juke is one different sort of vehicle, that stands out from the crowd and that too for all good reasons.

Lying underneath the hood, in the 2014 Nissan Juke, is a turbocharged 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine. Good for generating 188 horses and around 177 pound feet of torque. There are four trim levels to the 2014 Nissan Juke. The S being the base, followed by impressively equipped SV and SL and then the amazing Juke Nismo that sits on the top. The Nismo features the same engine as the base, but yanked to yield about 197 ponies and 184 pound feet of torque. The S and SL models of the Juke come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the SV and Nissan Juke Nismo offer an option of a six speed manual transmission as well.

A CVT featuring Nissan Juke is capable of reaching 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of 7.3 seconds, which, as a matter of fact, is an amazingly swift acceleration for a vehicle in this niche. Just as agile is the all wheel drive model too. However, the manual transmission lags a bit, making it to the speed of 60 mph in about 8.1 seconds.

The 2014 Nissan Juke is an entertainer. Be it the looks or the driving. When cruising in the Eco mode, the Juke takes a leisurely stroll with maximized fuel economy. When hit with the Sport mode, the Juke puts on its jogging shoes and becomes as agile and responsive as it can get. However, the fuel economy gets compromised in the Sport mode. The handling is simply amazing and is a result of the precise steering and firm suspension that the vehicle features.

The 2014 Nissan Juke is one fashionable vehicle to sport. But for those who have an inclination towards more conventional crossover based hatchbacks, models like the 2014 Kia Soul, the 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman or the Scion xB are available in the market. But the 2014 Nissan Juke is simply one of its kinds.

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