To little surprise, Nissan unveiled a King Cab variant of its Titan and Titan XD pickup trucks at the Chicago auto show. Bookended by the two-door single-cab and four-door crew-cab styles, the new King Cab sports two traditional doors for the driver and front-seat passenger and two rear-hinged doors for back-seat access. That is, if there is a seat back there. In a bid to attract more commercial users, the Titan and Titan XD King Cab will offer a rear-seat-delete option that also chucks out the rear heater duct and handgrips in exchange for a flat load floor and additional tie-down hooks. Think of it as a single-cab truck with extra in-cab storage space.
Both the half-ton Titan and the heavier-duty Titan XD King Cab will be offered in three trims: the base S, the midlevel SV, and the off-road-oriented Pro-4X. Only one bed length is available, the 6.5-foot box as also used on the Titan XD crew cab (single-cab Titan and Titan XD models come with an 8.0-foot bed, while crew-cab Titans come with a 5.6-foot unit).
As on other Titan and Titan XD trucks, both King Cab models come standard with a 390-hp 5.6-liter V-8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Similarly, the Titan XD King Cab, like the XD single and crew cabs, can be equipped with a 310-hp Cummins turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 diesel mated to a six-speed automatic. S and SV King Cabs come standard with rear-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive optional, while the Pro-4X trim only comes in a four-wheel drive version.
Nissan notes that the King Cab Titan and Titan XD go on sale in the spring. While the company has yet to release pricing, we expect the King Cab to neatly bridge the price gap between the single-cab and crew-cab Titans and XDs.