Nissan USA has priced the 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab from $33,745; or $36,775 with four-wheel drive.
In King Cab format — aka extended cab — only the three entry-level trims make it out of the Titan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant: S, SV, Pro-4X. The SL and Platinum Reserve are, ahem, reserved for Crew Cabs.
While General Motors’ full-size truck twins, the Ram 1500, and the Toyota Tundra have all switched to conventional front-hinged door configurations for their mid-level cab format, Nissan is sticking with the bodystyle utilized by the best-selling truck in America: Ford’s F-150.
But the configuration may not matter. With savings of just $2,180-$2,680 compared with the bigger Nissan four-door, it won’t be easy to convince buyers to give up their crew cab desires.
Such is the state of the extended cab full-size pickup truck in 2017 that the elongated cab, once so common, is now rare enough to get noticed. “Whoa, wait a second, that F-150 buyer opted for the extended cab? I can scarcely believe my eyes.”
Of the roughly 108,000 F-150s in stock at America’s Ford dealers, fewer than one in five are extended cab models. Like for like, the savings Ford offers on a basic F-150 works out to just $2,455. An extra $2,455 to move up from the SuperCab to SuperCrew — with conventional doors and limo-like rear seat space and a bed shrunk by one foot — is more than worth it for the overwhelming majority of pickup truck buyers. But at Nissan, where the company’s second-generation Titan strategy involves lofty goals but a methodical market-by-market approach, the automaker doesn’t want to be left out of too many pickup truck sub-categories. The Titan King Cab won’t become a common sight, but Nissan clearly believes enough Regular Cabs and King Cabs can be sold to make the investment worthwhile, particularly since the investment only requires a cab reconfiguration of an existing Crew Cab truck.
The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab S 4×2 is priced at $33,745 including fees, or $2,680 less than the Crew Cab S 4×2.
The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab SV 4×2 is a $37,125 truck, or $2,440 less than the Crew Cab SV 4×2. Four-wheel drive is a $3,030 option on each Titan.
In 4×4 guise only, the 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab Pro-4X costs $44,485, or $2,180 less than the equivalent Crew Cab. All Titan King Cabs come standard with the 5.6-liter V8.
The Titan XD, meanwhile, sees King Cab pricing range from $34,755 for the S 4×2 to $51,685 for the Titan XD Pro-4X King Cab 4×4 with the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 diesel.
Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.