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2011 Nissan Titan: Rendered And Ramified!

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As part of a recent agreement between Nissan and Chrysler, the next-generation full-size light duty truck, the 2011 Nissan Titan, will be based on the new 2009 Dodge Ram. In return, Chrysler will get a much needed small car and the heartfelt gratitude of Carlos Ghosn. We've asked the good folks at KORSDesign to render up what they think the next-gen Titan's going to look like. Check out their pics below and hit the jump for their expectations.

Expect the 2011 Nissan Titan to not only share platform hardware with the Dodge, but also engine options and transmissions. Yes, if Chrysler President Jim Press is correct, there is a possibility that your Nissan will have a Hemi. There's no official word yet on whether the upcoming Ram's two-mode hybrid system will make it into the Nissan but we see no reason why it wouldn't. On the exterior, as you can see, will be an extension and modernization of the Titan front fascia although we're told since the new truck is still in clay form, it's got all sorts of opportunities for changes. As for the interior, the 2011 Nissan Titan will receive a unique instrument panel and inner door skins although the rest of the interior could be pulled from the ‘09 Ram, namely seats and other items not directly noticeable to the occupants. Pricing and release dates are unknown at this time, but look for the 2011 Nissan Titan to make its debut sometime in late ‘09 and go on sale in early to mid ‘10 as a 2011 model.

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Nissan has other plans for the manufacturing facility in Canton, Mississippi. The current vehicles that are being produced will all but die, except for one. Nissan produces that Titan and Frontier pickups, the Quest Minivan, and the Armada and QX4 Full Size SUV's. All but the Frontier are dead dead dead. The Frontier is being moved, but I don't remember where. The Quest has been an also ran in ran in the minivan sales race, and there is no room for Full Size, V-8 powered, Truck Platform SUV's.

However, the Canton Plant will start churning out full size Titan Heavy Duty Models, similar in vein to the Ford F450, and F550 models. Basically Cab & Chassis models that will be used for vocational markets, like delivery trucks, tow trucks, landscaping trucks, and the like. This is a perfect replacement for the soon to be departed Starling Bullet. There is also a rumor that a Sprinter Type of van will be produced there.