What a shame we don’t get the Nissan Navara’s big brother Titan in Australia.

With a 5.6-litre V8 it boasts the most powerful engine in its class — the same engine in fact that powers the Patrol off-road wagon that we do take — with 298kW of power and 650Nm of torque.

The engine is mated with a new 9-speed automatic transmission with a larger final gear ratio of 3.692:1, providing more torque at the wheels in a given gear and smoother and faster acceleration.

For example, 80 to 110km/h is estimated to have been improved by almost a full second, compared to the previous model that was equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The larger range also means better range coverage for optimal power on standing starts and at cruising speeds.

The powertrain feel is more linear through the gears.

The new look is called “Powerful Warrior” and emphasises the truck’s solid-beam construction and commanding presence, with a high-tech appearance for the large LED headlights and “double boomerang” LED Daytime Running Lights.

Titan is available in a choice of King Cab or Crew Cab form, in 4×2 or 4×4 drive configurations and with a choice of three unique grille designs.

They’re designed to to give the truck a higher degree of differentiation between grade levels, allowing for more owner customisation straight from the factory.

Titan 4×4 models feature a transfer case designed to ensure maximum power distribution in every gear.

It distributes torque to both ends and provides four-wheel drive when added traction is needed on snow, ice, sand, mud, dirt, water or gravel.

Durable off-road performance has also been emphasised, with features such as Hill Descent Control (PRO-4X only), Hill Start Assist, Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD) and electronic locking rear differential.

An enhanced Off Road Gauge that displays the vehicle’s tire angle, relative pitch and roll angles.

Without using a gyroscope, a new method was developed to calculate the vehicle’s orientation using accelerometer data and calculating the vehicle’s G-force.

Nissan’s new gauge is expected to be the most accurate (versus competition) at higher speeds.

Special attention has been paid to every detail of the design, from the new, innovative flexible smartphone holder/charging system to placement of the assist grips.

A few things haven’t changed, however, such as the 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System with a 485-watt, 9-channel amplifier with Panasonic’s proprietary Acoustic Motion Control.

And, every model includes front and rear Zero Gravity seats that help maximise posture positioning for enhanced comfort during long distance driving.

Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and class-exclusive Rear Automatic Braking.

There’s also Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Nissan’s innovative Rear Door Alert is standard on all grade levels and the new model has eight airbags instead of the previous six.

Talk about high impact motoring.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.