Nissan revealed TITAN Warrior Concept at 2016 NAIAS
Just one year after the production version of the all-new Nissan TITAN X D made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, the TITAN Warrior Concept was unveiled today on the very same stage. A design study created to demonstrate how the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine-equipped TITAN X D can be adapted for off-road adventure use – as well as for its heavy-duty work capabilities – the TITAN Warrior Concept features unique exterior and interior design treatments and a modified off-road suspension.
“Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., as he revealed the TITAN Warrior Concept. “Even though our all-new 2016 TITAN X D just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where TITAN might go in the future.”
The TITAN Warrior Concept creators had more than a strong foundation on which to build their vision of a bold and expanding future in the full-size pickup market, they had a familiar one. As part of the group that brought the “American TITAN” to life – a group that ranged from Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi, Indiana, Arizona and California – the design team imagined how their original TITAN design, inspired by warriors in ancient Greek mythology, might evolve to extreme levels of adventure duty.
While maintaining the TITAN X D Crew Cab’s standard wheelbase and length, they gave the concept truck an even more powerful presence than the original. Building on the new second generation TITAN’s warrior-inspired styling, the designers amplified the protective look of the production exterior.
Designating the new look as “modern armor” – with a stealthy, robotic quality – they continued the anatomical feel of the production TITAN, but added a more machine-like, sharper-edge appearance. Exterior features include muscular, carbon fiber fenders, functional hood vents, carbon fiber cabin and tailgate spoilers, and a large front skidplate, which interlocks into the powerful front bumper. Custom LED lights, front and rear, and integrated, roof-mounted LED offroad lights add to the TITAN Warrior Concept’s stealthy presence. The TITAN Warrior Concept is covered in a custom matte-gunmetal paint called “Thunder” and accented in special “Magma” and black color highlights.
Inside the TITAN Warrior Concept’s rugged performance-focused exterior is an interior conceived to handle the abuse experienced on an extended off-road excursion in comfort and style. The seats are covered in a carbon-colored high-strength seat fabric trimmed with “Magma” orange accents. Interior surfaces utilize material, such as carbon fiber, polished chrome finishes, leather with accented Magma orange stitching. Other interior details include unique hot-and-cold drink containers integrated into the center console. Robust auxiliary toggle switches are integrated into the center stack for additional off-road accessories. Instrument panel-mounted auxiliary gauges are provided to easily monitor truck performance.
As an extreme adventure version of the new 2016 TITAN X D, the TITAN Warrior Concept utilizes the factory fully boxed ladder frame and Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine and the standard heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission as its base.
As a reference, TITAN X D Crew Cab with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine is in Nissan showrooms. In December, Nissan announced that advanced gas-powered Endurance V8 producing 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque will be available in both TITAN and TITAN X D models beginning in early spring 2016.
Where the TITAN Warrior Concept departs from its production counterpart is in the full custom suspension design. In the front, the standard suspension has been replaced with custom upper and lower control arm with performance ball joints, along with racing-style internal bypass reservoir coil-over shocks with custom reservoir mounts and tie-rod extensions. In the rear, the modifications include custom internal bypass reservoir shocks with custom reservoir mounts. Adjusted-length prototype axles were installed, along with a custom sway bar, relocated sway bar brackets and rear lift blocks and U-bolts. Hydraulic pressurized bump stops were also added front and rear.
Will Titan Warrior Concept be a reality? Lets keep the fingers crossed. As Nissan took an alternative route to maintain it’s individuality and respect in the niche which is led by Ford F150 Raptor