Details on Chrysler Nissan pact to share full size pickups

When Chrysler announced its partnership with Nissan to build the next half-ton Titan, we wondered what features would or wouldn’t make it to the next Nissan Pickup.; Thanks to the sleuths over at, we now know.

The new truck will be based on the revamped 2009 Ram 1500, but externally, the Titan will only share its doors and roof panel with the Ram, while the remainder of the sheetmetal will be unique to Nissan.; Titans will only be offered in either an extended- or crew-cab configuration; both will be available with Dodge’s unique ‘Rambox’ storage compartments and the coil spring rear suspension.

The next Titan won’t be limited to Nissan’s 5.6-liter V-8, either; in fact, it won’t be offered whatsoever.; Powertrain will come directly from Chrysler, meaning the new truck will share the 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, and possibly the ubiquitous 5.7-liter “HEMI” V-8.

Killing the 5.6-liter for the pickups is expected to save Nissan close to $700 per truck, although a revised version – pushing 400 hp for the Armada and 455 hp for Infiniti’s QX56 – will remain in full-size utilities.

Nissan will also retain some independence with upcoming heavy-duty Titan models, rumored to be unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show.; Possibly available in three-quarter and one-ton models, the Titan HD will share little, if anything at all, with Dodge’s offerings.