At an event to unveil the all new Nissan Titan last February in Toronto, I commented to designer Randy Rodriguez that as tough as the truck looked, I thought it was a shame that it wasn’t closer to his original sketches. He agreed, but conceded that the final design would likely appeal to a broader market.
When I spoke with the Canadian, who also penned the 370Z, on Monday in Detroit, it was clear that he was more than happy that the company had chosen to bring his original work to life as a concept.
More than just an aggressive look, the Titan Warrior has a serious off-road suspension set up, developed to work with the Cummins Diesel engine to be a serious performer in the dirt.
Now we just need to convince Nissan to built it!
Nissan press release
About the Nissan Warrior Concept
The TITAN Warrior Concept creators had more than a strong foundation on which to build their vision of a bold and expanding future in the full-size pickup market, they had a familiar one. As part of the group that brought the “American TITAN” to life – a group that ranged from Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi, Indiana, Arizona and California – the design team imagined how their original TITAN design, inspired by warriors in ancient Greek mythology, might evolve to extreme levels of adventure duty.
While maintaining the TITAN XD Crew Cab’s standard wheelbase and length, they gave the concept truck an even more powerful presence than the original. Building on the new second-generation TITAN’s warrior-inspired styling, the designers amplified the protective look of the production exterior.
Designating the new look as “modern armor” – with a stealthy, robotic quality – they continued the anatomical feel of the production TITAN, but added a more machine-like, sharper-edge appearance. Exterior features include muscular, carbon fiber fenders, functional hood vents, carbon fiber cabin and tailgate spoilers, and a large front skidplate, which interlocks into the powerful front bumper. Custom LED lights, front and rear, and integrated, roof-mounted LED off-road lights add to the TITAN Warrior Concept’s stealthy presence. The TITAN Warrior Concept is covered in a custom matte-gunmetal paint called “Thunder” and accented in special “Magma” and black color highlights.
Inside the TITAN Warrior Concept’s rugged performance-focused exterior is an interior conceived to handle the abuse experienced on an extended off-road excursion in comfort and style. The seats are covered in a carbon-colored high-strength seat fabric trimmed with “Magma” orange accents. Interior surfaces utilize material, such as carbon fiber, polished chrome finishes, leather with accented Magma orange stitching. Other interior details include unique hot-and-cold drink containers integrated into the center console. Robust auxiliary toggle switches are integrated into the center stack for additional off-road accessories. Instrument panel-mounted auxiliary gauges are provided to easily monitor truck performance.
As an extreme adventure version of the new 2016 TITAN XD, the TITAN Warrior Concept utilizes the factory fully boxed ladder frame and Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine and the standard heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission as its base. Where the TITAN Warrior Concept departs from its production counterpart is in the full custom suspension design. In the front, the standard suspension has been replaced with custom upper and lower control arm with performance ball joints, along with racing-style internal bypass reservoir coil-over shocks with custom reservoir mounts and tie-rod extensions. In the rear, the modifications include custom internal bypass reservoir shocks with custom reservoir mounts. Adjusted-length prototype axles were installed, along with a custom sway bar, relocated sway bar brackets and rear lift blocks and U-bolts. Hydraulic pressurized bump stops were also added front and rear.