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Auto review: Beefy 2019 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X designed for the highway or the trail

G. Chambers Williams III, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

The first version of the new generation of Nissan's full-size Titan pickup arrived for 2016, much bigger and bolder than its predecessor – and sporting a whopper of a Cummins diesel engine, a first for the Titan.

A few months later, a smaller, lighter version of the new Titan arrived, with a choice of V-6 or V-8 gasoline engines, using a different chassis that's 14.7 inches shorter than that of the XD. Both the XD and the smaller Titan half-ton (1500) models come in three configurations: Single Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab.

Now for 2019, the beefy XD – the only heavy-duty pickup offered by a non-Detroit automaker -- has a starting price of $32,890 (plus $1,395 freight) for the base Single Cab model with rear-wheel drive and a 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 engine, or $38,520 for the same model with the 5.0-liter Cummins diesel.

King Cab models start at $34,890 with the gas V-8 or $41,540 with the diesel, while Crew Cab versions begin at $38,170 with the gas engine or $43,510 with the diesel. Four-wheel drive is available at all levels, but is standard on the Pro-4X off-road version, which we tested for this report. The Pro-4X is available in King and Crew cab only.

The Pro-4X line begins at $47,110 for the King Cab gasoline model or $52,249 with the diesel, while Crew Cab gasoline models start at $49,390 and diesels at $54,730.

The 2019 Titan XD tops out at $65,310 for the fanciest and best-equipped version, the Platinum four-wheel drive with the diesel.

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Platinum models come with lots of bling, including a premium leather interior with contrast stitching; and exterior chrome to give it an upscale look similar to the Ford F-series King Ranch, Chevrolet Silverado High Country and GMC Sierra Denali models.

New for 2019 in the XD is a seven-inch touch-screen audio/IT display with NissanConnect, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard on all models, Nissan says. Payload has been increased to a maximum of 2,990 pounds

Also new is a Fender Premium Audio System, which is included on Crew Cab SL and Platinum trim levels and optional on the Pro-4X Crew Cab and King Cab. The system has a 485-watt, nine-channel amplifier, and 12 speakers. It was included on our tester as part of the Pro-4X Utility Package ($1,445), which also brought the Utili-track cargo tiedown system, front and rear sonar parking aids, tailgate-area lighting, power-sliding rear window with defroster, electronic-locking tailgate, rear utility bed step, and under-rail LED cargo-bed lighting.

Other XD changes for 2019 include the Rear Door Alert system, which reminds drivers to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked, now standard on all King Cab and Crew Cab models; an additional USB media port (two total); two illuminated USB-A charge ports added to Pro-4X, SL and Platinum grades; a new body-color outer grille with gloss metallic black inner trim for the SV model (replaces the previous chrome grille trim) and an optional gooseneck trailer hitch system ($280, included on our tester).

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