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Hot on the heels of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD hitting showrooms, Nissan has released this, the Titan Warrior concept, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Built on the back of a Titan XD, the Titan Warrior concept shows just how aggressive the truck can become, and just how daring Nissan can be.

"Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings," said José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Company and chairman of Nissan North America. "Even though our all-new 2016 Titan XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future."

It’s highly unlikely the Warrior concept will make production, but we’re betting that Nissan is paying close attention to the public’s reaction to this truck’s highly modified off-road suspension and vastly reworked exterior appearance. Perhaps the automaker has something up its sleeve to battle the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Besides the design study, the Titan Warrior concept was built to pay tribute to Nissan’s off-road racing heritage, dating back to the old Hardbody pickups that raced in the Dakar Rally. It also builds atop the recent “Project Titan” build that used crowd sourcing to construct the most hard-core first-generation Titan pickups to ever come from Nissan. The truck was then used by two U.S. Military veterans to traverse some of the toughest terrain in Alaska in a build-up to the launch of the 2016 Titan XD.

So lets jump into what Nissan has done with this Titan Warrior concept.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept.

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    5.0 L
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    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
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    Front Engine, 4WD w/ Low Range
  • Price:
    50000 (Est.)
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Wow, where to start… Nissan has swapped just about every body panel on the Titan XD for something far more extreme. The front grille is bolder, but still retains the basic shape of the production Titan XD. Three marker lights along the top show off just how wide the truck is – three inches wider than stock, to be exact. The bumper is completely new, sporting a skid plate that protects the undercarrage from off-road objects. The headlights are rather unique, looking like something from a futuristic GT-R concept.

The headlights are rather unique, looking like something from a futuristic GT-R concept.

The emboldened look continues onto the sides, with larger, wider fenders with carbon-fiber accents. The larger fenders were needed to help cover the massive 37-inch ProComp Xtreme Terrain MT2 tires. A custom-style rocker guard and step rail has been added between the axles, helping protect the body while making entry into the truck easier. The truck’s three extra inches of ground clearance would otherwise make the hop inside more of a jump. Mirroring the step rails is built-in body cladding that matches the aluminum-style skid plate up front. New body lines run from the widened fenders onto the lower door sections as well.

Out back, the rear of the Titan Warrior concept takes things even further. The tailgate dark accents long its vertical section. The bumper is more for looks than utility. Four exhaust ports are shaped into the lower valance, giving the truck a clean design. A receiver hitch protrudes from below the license plate holder. The taillights aren’t immune from the changes, getting LED bulbs and small Titan “T” logos within the plastic lens. A carbon fiber spoiler sits atop the cab, giving it a sportier feel.

Up top, the roof sports LED off-road lights that help illuminate the darkest of trails without using a SEMA-special LED light bar. The wheels are also unique, sporting black spokes with machined faces near the tire.

Each of the trucks exterior panels are accents with a color Nissan calls “Magma,” contrasting nicely against the matte gunmetal grey paint.


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That “Magma” accent color on the exterior makes itself very known here on the Titan’s interior. The accent color shows up on the door panels, center console, the center-mark on the suede steering wheel, the start/stop button, as the backlighting on all the controls and the accent stitching found throughout the cabin. There’s even a set of gauges that sit atop the dashboard that utilize the orangey-copper hue.

There’s even a set of gauges that sit atop the dashboard that utilize the orangey-copper hue.

Besides the color, the dash receives new controls below the infotainment system. Large rocker switches control the exterior lighting, traction control, 360-camera system, and shock dampening. The start/stop switch is protected by Magma-colored cover while the dial for the 4WD has been replaced with a piece that resembles the charging handle for an AR-15 rifle.

The center console is home to two bespoke drink containers – with the console providing heat for one and cold temps for the other. The steering wheel also gets an update, with chrome accents at the three and nine o’ clock positions. Suede continues along the top of the dash, on the A-pillars, and roof. Carbon fiber is found on the AC vent surrounds, the grab handles, and center console.

All told, the interior looks great, though don’t expect it to make production anytime soon.

Drivetrain & Suspension

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Nissan didn’t mess with too much under the Titan Warrior’s hood. Present and unchanged is the 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel that cranks out 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. A two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case sends torque to the front wheels when 4WD is selected. The powertrain provides bulletproof power an the ability to lug 12,300 pounds worth of trailer up a grade.

Of course, that’s not this Titan’s purpose. That’s evidenced by the complete suspension upgrade from the stock Titan. Custom-built upper and lower control arms with high-performance ball joints. Bumps are soaked up by coil-over racing shocks with an internal bypass up front and matching shocks out back, minus the coils. Upgraded tie-rod ends, custom sway bars, and hydraulic pressurized bump stops were added for good measure.


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Though not slated for production, the Titan Warrior concept shows just how dedicated the Nissan team is to furthering its full-size truck program. It’s a good bet we’ll not see another 10-year hiatus of design innovation from the automaker again. That’s a good thing as the first-gen Titan simply aged into irrelevancy in the truck market.

The Titan Warrior’s smart looks, hard-core suspension, stump-pulling powertrain, and highly detailed interior are impressive. Let’s hope Nissan puts a few of these design elements into a production-ready truck – or more accurately – an off-road ready truck that can battle it out with the Ford Raptor.

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Press Release

Nissan put an exclamation point on the start of sales of its all-new 2016 TITAN XD by unveiling a super-sized, off-road modified design study it calls the TITAN Warrior Concept. Nissan Design America (NDA) took the TITAN XD’s production design to new extremes with unapologetic, aggressive, athletic styling features that declare the concept’s off-road adventure intent and Nissan’s optimism for the truck market.

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"Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings," said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. "Even though our all-new 2016 TITAN XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where TITAN might go in the future."

Pushing the Boundaries
Just as the all-new TITAN XD with its Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine has bulked up the standards for customers shopping the light-duty pickup class, the TITAN Warrior Concept was created to take the production version to the extreme.

"Nissan has always pushed the boundaries of traditional automotive design and engineering, from our Nissan GT-R supercar to the new TITAN XD," explained Muñoz. "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."

The TITAN Warrior Concept builds on the recent Project Titan, a crowd-sourced customization of an original-generation Titan that sent two U.S. military veterans representing Wounded Warrior Project® on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Alaska. The new concept truck also pays homage to Nissan’s heritage of off-road racing and adventuring, which goes back to the days of Baja "Hardbody" competition pickups and Paris-Dakar Rally treks.

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"As we launch the all-new 2016 TITAN XD, the TITAN Warrior Concept was conceived to share our team’s pride and excitement to be back in the truck market in a big way," added Muñoz. "The team delivered."

A Warrior with a "Modern Armor" Exterior
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.

First, while maintaining the TITAN XD Crew Cab’s standard wheelbase and length, they wanted to give the concept truck an even more powerful presence than the original. The height was raised nearly three inches, from 78.7 inches to 81.5 inches, to fit a quartet of 37-inch tall off-road tires mounted on custom 18x9.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The wheels’ machined aluminum surfaces feature a dark matte finish and continue the production TITAN XD’s "precision tool" design theme.

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To create clearance for the new oversize tires and accommodate the new, long-travel suspension, the TITAN Warrior Concept’s width was extended three inches on each side, from 80.6 inches total to 86.6 inches. Once the dimensions and imposing stance were mapped out, the extreme makeover began in earnest.

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.

The grille and signature TITAN headlights were enhanced to offer a more technical, menacing look. The front and rear fenders have been flared and offer an extremely muscular appearance. Functional hood vents were added for cooling the powerful diesel engine. The broad hoodline is balanced underneath by the large front skidplate, which interlocks into the powerful front bumper.

Custom LED lights, front and rear, add to the TITAN Warrior Concept’s stealthy presence. The headlights carry a sense of the new Nissan signature boomerang lights, but with a more precise, upright, robotic feel. In the rear, the integrated LED taillights take the form of a TITAN "T" logo, split by the wide tailgate. As a finishing touch, a quad-tipped exhaust system is integrated into the rear bumper.

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Despite its massive bulk, TITAN Warrior Concept adds several aerodynamic elements, including carbon fiber rear cab spoiler and tailgate spoilers. Additional unique body elements include integrated, roof-mounted LED off-road lights.

The TITAN Warrior Concept is covered in a custom matte-gunmetal paint called "Thunder" and accented in special "Magma" orange and black color highlights.

"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 Muñoz. "And given the high-torque Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, extensive suspension modifications and TITAN XD heavy-duty durability, it certainly could."

A Polished, Premium Sport Interior
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.

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"Today’s truck enthusiasts don’t just use their trucks for weekend adventures, they do double-duty as daily drivers," explained Muñoz. "Therefore the TITAN Warrior Concept’s interior reflects a premium outdoor lifestyle, closer in look and content to a new TITAN XD Platinum Reserve model than a stripped-down pre-runner."

The interior design team at Nissan Design America wanted to give the vehicle a unique polished "chronograph" look and feel, focusing on materials and detailing while remaining true to the TITAN Warrior Concept’s active performance theme. For example, 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.

The TITAN Warrior Concept’s steering wheel is custom-built, continuing the technical adventure theme, milled from one block of aluminum. 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.

Performance Unleashed
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.

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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.

Exploring New Boundaries
The debut of the TITAN Warrior Concept at the North American International Auto Show comes exactly one year since the debut of the production TITAN XD on the same stage. TITAN XD has been named "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in their annual Texas Truck Rodeo, which puts the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation. In addition to the competition’s top award, Truck of Texas, the TITAN XD won three other honors – Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas and Best Powertrain for its standard Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine.

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Now that TITAN XD Crew Cab with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine is in Nissan showrooms, the rollout of new models continues. In December, Nissan announced that advanced gas-powered Endurance® V8 producing 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque will be available in both TITAN and TITAN XD models beginning in early spring 2016.

Ultimately, the new TITAN will be offered in three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels (more information on the full lineup will be available at a later date).

"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," concluded Muñoz. "Truck lovers are never static and neither is TITAN."

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