Concept shows off desert racing-inspired styling.
While the new 2016 Titan XD has just started to arrive at dealerships nationwide, Nissan has unveiled a design study concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show to push the boundaries of its truck lineup. The Nissan Titan Warrior concept features more aggressive styling with a body modified for off-road use.
The concept builds on the current Titan XD, with power coming from the same Cummins 5.0-liter turbodiesel V-8. The Nissan Titan Warrior concept keeps the standard wheelbase and length of the production model, but grows in height by nearly 3 inches thanks to 37-inch off-road tires that have been mounted on custom 18×9.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The width was also increased by 3 inches on each side to help with the new, long-travel suspension.
On the outside, Nissan wanted to give the Titan Warrior concept the feeling that it was wearing “modern armor,” with features like an enhanced grille, flared front and rear fenders, functional hood vents, custom front and rear LED lights, and a quad-tipped exhaust that has been integrated into the rear bumper.
“There’s a sense to the exterior design that the TITAN Warrior Concept could drive right off the auto show stage and retrace the historic route of Nissan’s off-road racing victories in the Baja Peninsula,” said Jose Munoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., in a release. “And given the high-torque Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, extensive suspension modifications and TITAN XD heavy-duty durability, it certainly could.”
Inside, the seats feature a carbon-colored high-strength fabric with “Magma” orange accents, unique surface materials including carbon fiber, polished chrome, and leather with “Magma” accent stitching, and a custom-built steering wheel.