Nissan unveiled the Titan Warrior concept in Detroit, a more aggressive pickup truck with high performance off-road capabilities.
Penned by Nissan Design America (NDA), the Titan Warrior has a more powerful presence than the regular model, with the ride height raised nearly three inches, from 78.7 inches to 81.5 inches, in order to fit a set of 37-inch off-road tires mounted on 18×9.5-inch wheels which feature a machined aluminum surface with a dark-matte finish.
The new long-travel suspension meant that the width had to be extended three inches on each side in order to create some clearance for the off-road tires. The wheelbase and overall length of the Titan remained standard.
Painted in a custom matte gunmetal shade called ‘Thunder’, with orange and black details, the exterior shape of the Titan Warrior was styled to look like it wears a protective armor in order to give it an edgier, more machine-like appearance. The grille and LED headlights were enhanced, the front and rear fenders are now flared, LED off-road lights were mounted on the roof while functional hood vents were installed for cooling the engine.
Under the hood lives the 5.0-litre V8 Cummins turbo diesel unit mated to a six-speed heavy-duty Aisin automatic gearbox. The new suspension setup involves in the front custom upper and lower control arms with performance ball joints and internal bypass reservoir coilover shocks with custom reservoir mounts and tie-rod extensions. In the rear custom internal bypass reservoir shocks with reservoir mounts were installed. A set of adjusted-length prototype axles with a custom sway bar, relocated sway bar brackets, rear lift blocks and U-bolts and hydraulic pressurized bump stops complete the overhaul of the Titan Warrior’s suspension.
The modified Titan XD is a design study for now, with Nissan wanting to show the public the potential of their new truck. “Even though our all-new 2016 TITAN XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where TITAN might go in the future,” said José Muñoz, Nissan’s executive vice president and chairman of Nissan North America.