Nissan chose the 2017 Chicago Auto Show to unveil the latest addition to the Titan and Titan XD lineups. The new King Cab body style fills the gap between the single cab and crew cab, both in terms of interior space and bed length. The King Cab adds three seats and a narrow rear-hinged door instead of the crew cab’s full-size rear accommodations. Behind the cab is a 6-foot-6-inch bed, which also finds the middle ground between the regular cab’s 8-footer and the crew cab’s 5-foot-7-inch bed.
Rear seat space isn’t particularly roomy, but three average-size adults can fit. The short seat cushion lacks thigh support, but smaller passengers would likely be fine back there. Like a lot of pickups, the cushions flip up to allow for more interior cargo space with some floor-mounted storage bins.
The bigger news surrounding the King Cab is the “rear-seat delete” option. In this configuration, you’ll get a flat floor-to-ceiling cargo area behind the front seats as well as a unique rear wall with tie-down hooks. This gives the Titan an edge over other pickups for providing an additional secure cargo area that is protected from the elements.
Available King Cab trim levels for both the Titan and Titan XD will include the S, SV and off-road-focused Pro-4X. The range-topping SL and Platinum Reserve trims have not been listed, at least for now. Buyers can also choose between rear- and four-wheel drive except for the Pro-4X, which is 4WD only. Feature content within trim levels remains consistent with the single- and crew-cab models, as do engine choices. The base 5.6-liter V8 engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic while the Titan XD offers a diesel-powered 5.0-liter V8 with a six-speed automatic.
In terms of towing and hauling ability, the Titan King Cab gets a slight increase to 9,420 pounds and 1,640 pounds, respectively. These figures are still between 600 and 1,400 pounds less than full-size pickups such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. The diesel-powered Titan XD King Cab falls somewhere between full-size and heavy-duty pickups in this regard, maxing out at 12,510 pounds for towing and 2,710 pounds in payload when properly equipped.
When these new King Cab Titans begin appearing in showrooms sometime in the spring, they’ll be backed by Nissan’s class-leading five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Keep checking back with Drive V for the latest news and impressions on the 2017 Nissan Titan pickups and its competitors.