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A tinier Titan: Nissan debuts first Titan Single Cab ever

Promising the same capability in a smaller package, Nissan's making a play for the entry-level pickup segment.

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2017 Nissan Titan Single Cab

Single cab trucks offer a single row of seating, versus a larger, two-row Crew Cab configuration.

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Not everyone needs a truck with four doors. Some people prefer to keep costs and curb weight low by opting for a single-cab variant. Nissan has never offered up a full-size pickup with a standard cab, but that's about to change with the introduction of the Titan Single Cab.

The Titan Single Cab is Nissan's first single-cab Titan, offering just a single row of seating. It will be offered with two V-8 powerplants -- a 310-horsepower diesel V-8 and a 390-horsepower gasoline V-8. A V-6 is in the cards, as well, but that's not debuting for some time. Both rear-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains are available, with a single, 8.0-foot bed option.

The single cab will focus on value, although it will be available in both XD and standard configurations. Only two trim levels are available -- the lower-end S and SV -- but a number of options will be available for folks who want a smaller truck without it feeling like a penalty box. It'll go on sale this fall, although pricing hasn't been announced yet.

Of course, there will be some differences in capability. The single cab (XD or otherwise) actually features about 300 pounds of additional payload rating, and trailer towing is up by about 300 pounds, as well. Maximum tongue towing is up about 30 pounds.

This isn't the end of Nissan's Titan rollout. On the other end of the spectrum, the automaker will unveil a King Cab configuration, which will likely feature an interior voluminous enough to be zoned residential. The aforementioned V-6 gas engine is also on its way. With its new offerings, the Titan should cover some 85 percent of the light-truck market, Nissan believes.