Nissan Titan Warrior Concept Threatens Ford in Detroit
By Christian Wardlaw, January 12, 2016
Looking to declaw Ford’s F-150 Raptor, Nissan debuted the Titan Warrior Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Based on the Titan XD, and created by Nissan’s California design studio, the Titan Warrior Concept uses a recipe similar to Ford’s and with dramatically appealing effect.
Equipped with Baja-inspired styling and what Nissan calls a “modern armor” appearance, the Titan Warrior Concept displays a sharpened, stealthy, and more robotic appearance than the rather soft and derivative Titan XD. To create the look, Nissan installed a new grille, flanked by LED headlights, functional hood vents, flared fenders, and an enormous front skid plate. Around back, T-shaped LED taillights bleed into the tailgate, and a quad-tipped exhaust is integrated with the rear bumper. A set of roof-mounted LED spot lights, carbon fiber spoilers atop the rear of the cab and the tailgate, and matte-finish “Thunder” paint with “Magma” highlights completes the look.
From a hardware perspective, Nissan started with the Titan XD’s “commercial-duty chassis,” Cummins 5.0-liter, turbodiesel V-8 engine, and 6-speed automatic transmission. A new, long-travel off-road suspension underpins the truck, which sits 3 inches higher and 6 inches wider than stock. Racing-derived internal bypass shock absorbers, modified axles, revised sway bars, and hydraulic pressurized bump stops are designed to give the Titan Warrior Concept desert-running capability, while 18-in. aluminum wheels and 37-in. off-road tires grip terra firma.
In related news, a lighter-duty version of the new Nissan Titan arrives in the spring of 2016, powered by a new gasoline V-8 engine making 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan eventually plans to offer both a Titan and a Titan XD sitting on different frames, as well as three cab styles and five trim levels.