Revealed: The All-New 2016 Nissan Titan and Next Generation Acura NSX Supercar!

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What a thrilling time it was last week during the 2015 North American International Auto Show! Among the many exciting revelations, we were so pumped up seeing the 2016 Nissan Titan and next generation Acura NSX. You can relive the reveals of each model on the Acura news and Nissan news websites or watch the videos at the end of this post. We’ve rounded up a few details for you on each model, so check them out.

2016 Nissan Titan XD

  • The new Titan XD is the first of the new generation of Nissan Titan models.
  • The new Titan was designed as a “powerful precision tool” with the concept of having a “work-place warrior” ready to haul, pull, tow and tackle, yet also is intended to deliver style and comfort for everyday use.
  • The Titan XD provides more effortless towing and hauling than its larger, more expensive heavy-duty competitor’s trucks – yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups.
  • Powered by a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and hefty 555 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 Titan XD will offer an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped).
  • Titan’s industry-first Utili-track™ Bed Channel System continues with the new design.
  • Available exterior and interior convenience features on the all-new Titan include RearVew Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle—Blind Spot Warning (BSW), front and rear sonar system, and front and rear NASA-inspired zero gravity seats.
  • The new Titan XD Crew Cab is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels to be available later in the Nissan Titan lineup. (More information on the full lineup will be available at a later date.)
  • Along with the Titan Crew Cab shown in the Detroit preview, the new Titan will be available in King Cab and standard cab versions and with 4×4 and 4×2 drivetrains. Future engine options will include a new gasoline V8 and an advanced gasoline V6.
  • The Titan XD is projected to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late 2015.

If you’re a truck-lover, be sure to check out the infographics below which highlight exterior and interior details of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

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Next Generation Acura NSX

  • The new NSX was specifically created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment.
  • The NSX features an all-new power unit—a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system—integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes.
  • The next-generation NSX will leverage its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.
  • A “Human Support Cockpit” design concept inspired by the original NSX provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but is further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.
  • The NSX interior boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics.
  • The NSX’s instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information.
  • Acura engineers coupled the company’s expertise both with high-performance engine and hybrid electric-drive technologies, with its two decades of experience with industry-leading dynamic torque-vectoring technologies, including Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), to create the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe.
  • The NSX has undergone extensive testing at some of the world’s most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring.
  • The NSX features an “Advanced Sports Package” with placement of key powertrain components which gives the NSX, along with its lightweight body, the lowest center of gravity in its class.
  • Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs—steering, braking and throttle—along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive.
  • The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes.
  • The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.
  • Acura will begin accepting custom orders for the new NSX starting in the summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year.

Speed-demons and supercar enthusiasts, your time has come indeed!

It can’t be denied that these two models are raising the bar for 2015. Now that you’ve read and seen some of the highlights before these cars hit the market, what do you think? Share your feedback on the NSX or Titan with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’re happy to keep the conversation going about the latest car buzz!

Nissan and Acura Updates from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Detroit Auto Show

The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is underway right now in Detroit!  It’s a stunning and exciting turnout of car manufacturers from all over the globe premiering the latest and greatest vehicles and vehicle technology.  Both the Nissan and Acura brands have offerings that are guaranteed to intrigue and excite. So, today we want to share some of the highlights from the NAIAS that put both Nissan and Acura in the spotlight this year in Detroit.

Nissan

Two concept cars that gained some press prior to NAIAS but made their first public appearance in Detroit are the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO models.

IDx-Freeflow IDx-Nismo

These remarkable cars are the result of what Nissan calls a co-creation product development approach. In layman’s terms, in order to target the young car buyers of today (born post 1990’s), Nissan took into account the feedback of today’s “digital natives” and what excites and inspires them when it comes to choosing a car to fit their ideals and lifestyle needs. Thus, the “casual, lifestyle-focused” IDx Freeflow and the “ultra sporty,” just-out-of-a-race-simulator IDx NISMO were born! (source)

But the real triumph for Nissan at NAIAS is the reveal of the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept.

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According to Wikipedia, “a concept vehicle or show car is a car made to showcase new styling and/or new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not be mass-produced.”

In the case of the Sports Sedan Concept, there are indeed new elements that Nissan has introduced as its next generation design direction. These new design features include exterior bold body lines, V-Motion front aspect, a “floating” roof, boomerang-shaped lamps, and use of premium materials and diamond-shaped graphics on the interior on quilted seats, stitching, and panels. Of course, this is just a taste of what is in store with the Sports Sedan Concept. We’re sure we will only see a more stunning version of this concept when the vehicle does indeed go into production! So take that, Wikipedia.

And speaking of that Wikipedia definition, what was the customer reaction? Well, we’ll let Autoweek Magazine’s naming of the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept as the “Best Concept” speak for itself.

Finally, Nissan will also have on display its Autonomous LEAF prototype. Built on the all-electric LEAF foundation, the prototype will also feature new technology such as cameras, laser scanners, and radar which will showcase how the Autonomous LEAF can identify nearby pedestrians, traffic lights, and traffic signs. (source)

Acura

The big reveal for Acura at this year’s Detroit Auto show was the introduction of the 2015 TLX prototype, which will replace the TL and TSX models.

TLX-prototype

Dubbed as Acura’s “Red Carpet Athlete,” this breakout TLX model will be the start to a new level of luxury and power in the Acura lineup. Signature Acura safety technologies that have garnered top IIHS safety scores for the MDX and RDX over the years will carry over and similar safety results are expected for the TLX. That having been said, Acura fully intends to use the 2015 TLX to elevate industry standards in this segment.

According to Acura, the 2015 TLX “will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports-sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies. TLX will offer two all-new, high-performance and highly fuel-efficient direct-injected engines, each mated to an all-new advanced transmission, along with two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive available configurations.” Seeing as how this model, too, will go into production later this year, we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Unveiled on the heels of the 2015 TLX prototype was the TLX GT racecar.

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Acura Motorsports has decided to move up in the racing world, specifically into the GT racing category. So if they want to do that, they’ve gotta have a GT racecar, right? What better way to compete against other sports-sedan models such as the Audi R8, Chevy Corvette, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, and Ferrari 458, to name a few, than to make a racecar version of Acura’s very own 2015 TLX?

Thanks to the partnership between Acura Motorsports and RealTime Racing, motorsports enthusiasts will see the TLX GT racecar make its debut in the highly competitive and respected Pirelli World Challenge Championship. (source)

Conclusion

Yes, it’s an exciting time to be a car fan. Of course, NAIAS is only one of the many international car shows that occur throughout the year, and we’re still only in the first month of 2014. Who knows what the future of car design and technology holds?

Have you been following the 2014 Detroit Auto Show? What are your thoughts about the concept and prototype vehicles you’ve seen today? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or tell us what you think over on our Facebook page.

*images courtesy Nissan and Acura