"Heavy 1/2 ton" is what pickups like this are often called. GM even sold a 1500HD for several years in the mid 2000s but it never had a diesel. I have a 2002 Duramax and the Cummins in the Titan is actually rated for slightly more power despite it being 25% smaller. 310 hp and 550 lb-ft is very good for a 5.0L V8 diesel.I'm absolutely in favor of smaller diesels and turbo v6 gas engines in the lighter duty pickups. I'd love to see the 4.5L diesel that GM supposedly shelved in the late 2000s too.
I haven't driven the Titan XD but it seems to be a very good pickup- good looking too. However, there is no way I'd ever pay that much for any pickup. It seems like I keep telling myself that pickup prices have gotten out of hand but that trend just keeps continuing.
Same with the giant grilles. I'm over that one too.