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Filipino Randy Rodriguez led design for Nissan Titan Warrior

Filipino Randy Rodriguez led design for Nissan Titan Warrior image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Nissan | posted January 21, 2016 11:22

Nissan Titan Warrior concept is inspired from desert racing trucks

The Nissan Titan Warrior concept that debuted last week at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit has captured a lot of attention due to its aggressive and bold exterior.

Based on the Titan XD, the concept is described as a ‘super-sized, off road modified design study’ by Nissan Design America. The lead designer for the Titan Warrior is Filipino-Canadian, Randy Rodriguez, who is also known for his work on Nissan’s performance cars such as the 370Z and the standard Titan pickup revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Filipino-Canadian designer Randy Rodriguez

According to Rodriguez, the Titan Warrior concept is inspired from desert racing trucks as seen on the vehicle’s “highly aggressive and more enhanced” off road design. He added that the design process started with modifying the suspension in order to handle the off road terrain.

To have a muscular and a composed stance, the Titan Warrior concept has been made taller and wider. Ride height has been increased from 1998mm to 2070mm as compared to the production model, the Titan XD. The Titan Warrior also comes with 37-inch tires and new ‘long-travel’ suspension while the width of the truck has increased from 2047mm to about 2200mm.

Rodriguez also shared that the exterior of the Titan Warrior concept symbolizes a “suit of modern armor” through its “beefed up and muscular” design. The vehicle also comes with LED headlights, a large front grill, a skid plate, and wide wheel arches. Furthermore, Rodriguez shared that the truck’s exterior features carbon fiber composite materials.

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Nissan Titan Warrior concept

The Titan Warrior concept is powered by a 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8 engine that delivers 314 PS and 752 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. Nissan claims the truck can haul a maximum cargo capacity of 5,443 kg.