Responding to emergencies and natural disasters are perhaps one of the most demanding, grueling and thankless tasks faced by emergency responders. You need the right kind of gear, as well as plenty of supplies in order to help those affected. Nissan, along with the American Red Cross, is looking to change how emergency vehicles should look and perform.
Say hello to the 2019 Nisssan Ultimate Service Titan. Officially making its debut at the 2018 Miami International Auto Show, the Ultimate Service Titan is Nissan's attempt at making an emegency vehicle that comes with all the bells and whistles that can help both first responders, as well as patients.
"No matter the conditions, a Titan fights to do what it takes to help those in need. Built on the foundation of a rugged Titan XD Diesel – and with aftermarket accessories from some of the most reputable companies in the industry – the Ultimate Service Titan ensures that Titans of the community are able to get anywhere, at any time, with the tools they need to get the job done,” said Fred DePerez, vice president of North America LCV Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc.
Beginning with the most obvious changes, the Nissan Ultimate Service Titan received a wide array of exterior and underchassis upgrades. To enable it to go over debris and rubble, the Titan gets a three-inch lift along with huge Nitto Ridge Grappler tires that also aid in providing grip. It also gets a unique front steel bumper which provides additional protection when going over the rough terrain.
To help it have a smoother ride, Nissan installed adjustable coil-over shock absorbers that were specifically tuned for the Titan. There's even custom rod-end bearings and patent-pending Delta Joints which aid in providing added ground clerance and enhanced ride quality.
But perhaps the key feature of the Ultimate Service Titan is its fully-equipped bed box. There, it comes with facilities and equipment to treat patients with first-aid along with a refrigerator for storing blood. Apart from that, the custom emergency vehicle also comes with a desk, resting area, Wi-Fi hotspot, solar power generator, microwave, sink, and communication equipment that can be used by emergency responders.
Under the hood, the Ultimate Service Titan is powered by a the familiar 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel V8. There was no mention if Nissan boosted the engine's output ratings, but it may likely still produce an impressive 314 PS and a whopping 725 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. To ensure the Titan does not run out of diesel while responding to multiple emergencies, Nissan equipped the Ultimate Service Titan with a 284-liter fuel tank.
The Ultimate Service Titan is still on display at the 2018 Miami International Auto Show until Oct 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. After the show, Nissan will donate the vehicle to the Red Cross in South Florida where it will be used by first responders during critical disasters and emergencies.