We kind of figured Nissan’s plan to bite off a chunk out of the truck segment in North America after the Titan XD was officially unveiled, but it seems that the Japanese car manufacturer has an even bigger plan.
The Titan Warrior Concept – the vehicle that debuted not so long ago at the Detroit Auto Show – might just hold the answer to the brand’s future, as Nissan could go up against America’s best high-performance trucks in a battle for glory.
Speaking to Automotive News, Rich Miller, senior manager of Nissan truck and SUV product planning, described the Warrior concept as “more than a design exercise”, continuing stating:
"We're making a big commitment to the pickup segment with the new Titan, and we're also looking at where else we might take it now."
The Warrior Concept is a true road beast, sporting 18-inch wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires on a chassis that has been widened by 6 inches, carbon-fiber exterior bits and pieces, a raised suspension (following the same basic recipe made known by the Ford F150 Raptor), and even a raised instrument panel with special engine gauges – which could indicate a heft oomph in power, as Miller continued:
"If we were to go ahead with it, we would also have to look at an engine enhancement for it."
Interesting point of view, especially as the concept was powered by the 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8 with 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet (752 Nm) of torque on tap.