Four Wheeler is excited to announce our PROject-4X Nissan Titan PRO-4X! It’s a 2017 model that we’re going to put some wrenches to and make our own.
Why a Titan? Well, our keen interest in the truck can be traced back to our first drive of the truck at the 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year competition. The 1/2-ton Titan was all new for the 2017 model year. Compared to the Titan XD, it’s about a foot shorter in wheelbase and 14.7 inches shorter in overall length. The Titan also has a completely different chassis than the XD. Under the hood the 5.6L Endurance V-8 was all new for 2017, cranking out 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 394 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 73 hp increase and 9 lb-ft gain over the previous generation 5.6L V-8. The truck also got a new JATCO seven-speed transmission and a new Magna TX91A 2-speed transfer case with 2.7:1 low range ratio.
All of these things combined to impress the Four Wheeler and Four Wheeler Network staff. Some of the comments included: “Powerful engine with great acceleration and a real hot rod sound”; “The engine/trans are a sporty combo and feels peppy”; “The rear locker and plenty of power, made this a surprisingly good dune scooter”; “This truck did way better than I expected”; “This thing is super fun in sand, it did great on the hillclimb, and totally killed it in the snow!”; and “This truck might be the biggest surprise of the week.”
Naturally we wanted to spend some more time with the Titan, and the good folks at Nissan obliged us by handing us the keys to a fully optioned crew cab truck, which most importantly is the PRO-4X model. This means it includes important items for off-roaders such as an electric rear locking diff, Bilstein shocks, full skidplating, and so on. Moreover, Nissan humored us by agreeing to let us have our way with the truck.
We have big plans for PROject-4X; plans that will enhance its off- and on-road characteristics, towing and hauling capability, and looks. But first we’re going to spend a few months with the truck in stock form. We’re going to wheel it, tow and haul with it, and use it in a variety of ways. This experience will help us determine what mods could help the truck do its job even better and what should be left alone. We’re not going to arbitrarily replace or change stuff just to replace or change stuff. The result will be a reliable truck that can wheel well and still carry passengers cross-country in comfort.
Stay tuned, PROject-4X is underway!
So how is our Titan equipped, and what are its specs? Read on.
Vehicle/model: 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X
Base price: $45,470
Price as tested: $52,855
Options as tested: PRO-4X Utility and Tow Package ($1,820), PRO-4X Convenience Package ($3,520), PRO-4X Luxury Package ($750), Destination Charge ($1,295)
Type: 32-valve V-8
Displacement (ci/liter): 339/5.6
Bore x stroke (in): 3.86 x 3.62
Compression ratio (:1): 11.2
Intake/FI: Naturally aspirated/sequential multiport electronic
Mfg.’s power rating @ rpm (hp): 390 @ 5,800
Mfg.’s torque rating @ rpm (lb-ft): 394 @ 4,000
Mfg.’s suggested fuel type: Unleaded regular
Transmission: JATCO 7-spd automatic
Axle ratio (:1): 3.92
Transfer case: Magna TX91A 2-spd
Low-range ratio (:1): 2.72
Crawl ratio (:1): 39.0
Frame: Steel, ladder-type
Front: Double-wishbone, Bilstein shocks, stabilizer bar/AAM 8.25-in
Rear: Multileaf, Bilstein shocks, stabilizer bar/AAM 9.5-in
Type: Power rack-and-pinion
Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.9
Ratio (:1): 16.1
Front: 13.8x1.2-in vented disc, dual-piston caliper
Rear: 13.6x0.8-in vented disc, single-piston caliper
Wheels (in): 18x8
Tires: P275/70R18 General Grabber APT
EPA city/highway: 15/20
Weight (lb): 5,684
Wheelbase (in): 139.8
Overall length (in): 228.5
Overall width (in): 80.7
Height (in): 77.2
Track f/r (in): 68.6/68.0
Minimum ground clearance (in): 9.8
Turning diameter, curb-to-curb (ft): 48.0
Approach/departure angles (deg): 22.8/23.0
Breakover angle (deg): 21.7
GVWR (lb): 7,300
Payload (lb): 1,610
Maximum towing capacity (lb): 9,230
Fuel capacity (gal): 26