NAIAS 2016: Nissan gears up for war with Titan Warrior Concept

NAIAS 2016: Nissan gears up for war with Titan Warrior Concept image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted January 12, 2016 00:53

Nissan Titan Warrior Concept arrives in force in Detroit

The new Nissan Titan XD has just been prepped to take on the harsh elements after Nissan debuted the Titan Warrior Concept at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Described as a ‘super-sized, off road modified design study, the one-off pickup conceptualized by Nissan Design America (NDA), is the company’s take on producing an aggressive and athletic truck ready for adventures.

“Nissan has always pushed the boundaries of traditional automotive design and engineering, from our Nissan GT-R supercar to the new TITAN XD. We do this with a clear conviction that there are buyers out there who appreciate something everyone else does not have. A 'work hard, play harder, get bigger' TITAN XD certainly does the job,” said Jose Munoz, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Chairman of Nissan North America.

Rear quarter view of the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

Starting with the exterior, it has what Nissan calls a ‘modern armor’. Taking inspiration from warriors of Greek mythology, robotics and stealth, it gets new eye-catching LED headlights, defined front grill and a more aggressive front bumper with orange streaks. Its paint, on the other hand is called Thunder and is contrasted by splashes of Magma Orange.

Over to the rear, the LED taillights now feature a recognizable ‘half-T’ motif. Completing the alterations are the: quad exhaust system that has been integrated onto the rear bumper, carbon fiber cab spoiler and the roof-mounted off-road LED lights.

The pickup truck has also been made taller and wider. Ride height has been increased from 1,998mm to 2,070mm after equipping the concept truck with 37-inch tires and new long-travel suspension. Housed inside the tires are 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. In order to accommodate the added gear, Nissan increased the pickup’s width from 2,047mm to nearly 2,200mm.

Inside the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

Over to the cabin, it has a performance-oriented finish that Nissan claimed can take years of abuse. With an emphasis on a chronograph look, the cabin itself gets an array of material finishes including: carbon fiber, polished chrome, leather and Magma Orange stitching.

Its steering wheel is unique to the concept, having been milled from a single block of aluminum according to Nissan. Beyond that, it also gets toggle switches, hot-and-cold drink holders on the center console and auxiliary gauges.

Residing under the hood is the 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8 that is mated to an Aisin 6-speed automatic gearbox. The engine’s output rating wasn’t revealed but the standard Titan XD does produce 314 PS along with 752 Nm of torque. Nissan claimed this allows the truck to haul a maximum cargo capacity of 5,443 kg when set properly.

Up close with the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

Nissan also detailed the suspension modifications done on the Warrior Concept. At the front, it gets custom upper and lower control arms along with performance ball joints. Completing it all is a set of racing-style bypass reservoir coil-over shocks that also comes with custom tie-rod extensions. The rear gets custom reservoir shocks, prototype axles, bespoke sway bar and relocated sway bar brackets and lifts.

“While Nissan still has many roads and trails to travel as we continue to launch additional production versions of our bold new TITAN, this new TITAN Warrior Concept gives an important signal to American truck enthusiasts that our vision for exploring new boundaries remains strong. Truck lovers are never static and neither is TITAN,” said Munoz.