Built with self-sustaining gear to impresses the overlanding community

Overlanding is growing from a niche market to the mainstream thanks to years of support from aftermarket manufacturers and the trendy idea of off-the-grid vacations. Nissan is tapping into the segment with this one-off custom Titan XD pickup designed to showcase the upgradability of the Titan XD with more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories. The truck debuted at the 2017 Overland Expo West outside Flagstaff, Arizona where thousands gathered for the latest in overlanding gear.

Named Project Basecamp, this tricked-out Titan XD has been heavily modified to improve its off-road performance while carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment necessary for sustaining life miles away from civilization. The Cummins-powered Titan XD’s most prominent modifications include steel bumpers, fender flares, six-spoke wheels wrapped in 35-inch all-terrain Nitto tires, and the large cargo rack in the bed complete with a foldout tent. Fred Diaz, VP of Nissan America Trucks, said, “Overlanding is an exciting form of outdoor adventuring, taking participants into sometimes extreme terrain and climate conditions. We’re using the Project Basecamp to showcase the Titan XD PRO-4X model’s potential as the perfect platform for truck owners thinking of taking their adventures to the next level."

Continue reading for more information on Project Basecamp.

Exterior

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Nissan engineers added several functional components to help the full-size pickup perform better in rugged conditions.

Project Basecamp is based on a standard 2017 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X. The Crew Cab, Cummins-powered truck was plucked off the line at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant before undergoing its transformation. Nissan engineers added several functional components to help the full-size pickup perform better in rugged conditions. Up front, a custom steel bumper with a stinger bar protects the truck from off-road impacts, while a hidden recovery winch provides a helping hand when the going gets tough. The standard Titan grille is replaced with an aftermarket unit with a built-in LED light bar. A custom hood with an air scoop sits over the 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel.

Around the sides, pocketed fender flares cover the upgraded, 35x12.50 Nitto Ridge Grappler tires mounted on faux beadlock, 17-inch wheels. Though they’re not pictured, the truck is said to have full-length rock sliders for protection against trail damage. The truck’s wrap job is also clear from this angle. The Project Basecamp name overlays a topographical map with urban camo and a compass. Out back, a matching steel bumper protects the truck’s rear, along with adding built-in steps.

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The biggest changes are the Leitner Designs Overland bed cage and Rhino Rack Pioneer system that houses Project Basecamp’s main cache of gear.

Of course, the biggest changes are the Leitner Designs Overland bed cage and Rhino Rack Pioneer system that houses Project Basecamp’s main cache of gear. A Foxwing Awning combines with a Mt. Rainier Stargazer tent from CVT Tents for foldout living quarters. A Black Forest portable Fridge Freezer, Daystar fuel packs, and an ARB shovel and emergency kit round out the expansive list of gadgets.

Also not pictured is Project Basecamp’s Patriot Camper X2 Off Road Adventure Trailer. Nissan says the trailer is outfitted with even more Overlanding gear. The trailer is designed to work off-road and includes an air suspension, beefy tires, and has impressive approach and departure angles.

Interior

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Standard Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X interior picutred

Nissan didn’t make any notable changes to the Titan XD’s interior, so it remains in factory-fresh condition. As typical with the PRO-4X trim package, the Titan XD comes with black leather seats with white contrast stitching and the PRO-4X logo embroidered into the side bolsters. The large center console with leather-wrapped armrest provides tons of space for odds and ends. The center stack houses the 7.0-inch NissanConnect infotainment system, dual-zone climate controls, trailer brake controller, push-button start, and electronic 4WD knob. The driver gets a small TFT display for vehicle information, along with the standard array of analog gauges.

The Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab offers plenty of room for four full-grown adults or five in a pinch. The rear bench seat folds away to make room for larger cargo items and a lockable storage compartment offers a home for smaller items, including the fifth-wheel hitch ball and safety chain loops that come as standard equipment with most trim levels on the Titan XD.

Drivetrain

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The Project Basecamp truck came with the optional 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel from Cummins.

Nissan didn’t change anything on the Titan XD’s drivetrain – not that it needed to. The Project Basecamp truck came with the optional 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel from Cummins. The engine makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission from Aisin. Interestingly enough, this is the same gearbox Ram uses in its 3500 HD pickup. The Titan XD also borrows its AMM-manufactured axles from the Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

Project Basecamp’s drivetrain might be stock, but Nissan engineers modified its suspension system. The truck rides on a three-inch suspension lift and a four-corner air ride system. The air suspension allows for adjustment in ride height, as well as compensating for various loads in the cargo bed and tongue weight on the Patriot Camper X1 trailer. An air compressor was added as part of the suspension system, too.

Conclusion

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The 2017 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp was designed to showcase the Titan XD’s ability for easy upgrading, specifically to the growing Overlanding crowd. Nissan seems to have succeeded in its mission, as it included more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories from a laundry list of aftermarket manufacturers. The truck grabbed plenty of attention at the Overland Expo West, held May 12 through 14, 2017. Nissan plans to travel the country with Project Basecamp, visiting several other expos, outdoor adventure shows, and off-roading events throughout the year.

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Press release

Nissan today took the wraps off a specially modified 2017 TITAN XD PRO-4X 4x4 called "Project Basecamp1." Designed as a dream project vehicle for overlanding enthusiasts, it will be on display this weekend at the Overland Expo 2017 WEST, one of the premier annual overlanding events in the country. The Overland Expo combines overlanding training classes and demonstrations with an extensive trade show of camping, outdoor, vehicle and motorcycle equipment.

"Overlanding is an exciting form of outdoor adventuring, taking participants into sometimes extreme terrain and climate conditions," said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. "We’re using the Project Basecamp to showcase the TITAN XD PRO-4X model’s potential as the perfect platform for truck owners thinking of taking their adventures to the next level."

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Project Basecamp started as a stock TITAN XD PRO-4X Crew Cab – straight from the Canton, Mississippi factory floor. "With its heavy duty commercial truck ladder frame, torque-monster Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, innovative bed features and full-feature 5-passenger interior, the TITAN XD PRO-4X would be more than enough for typical off-road adventuring. However, overlanding is anything but typical," said Diaz.

The TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp showcases more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories from some of the leading manufacturers in the overlanding field, creating an essentially self-contained, self-sustaining "basecamp" for exploring the backcountry.

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The transformation to Project Basecamp started with some new "hiking boots" in the form of maximum off-road-traction 35x12.50x17 tires mounted on 17-inch beadlock aluminum-alloy wheels. A special 3-inch lift kit provides extra tire clearance at each corner, and the suspension was given an extra level of bulletproofing with air springs, an air-leveling compressor and more.

While the TITAN XD PRO-4X presents a powerful presence in factory form, Project Basecamp received a little beefier look to complement the new, more aggressive vehicle stance. The list of exterior modifications includes custom front and rear bumpers, aggressive fender flares and cab-length rock sliders, custom hood, light bar and chase lights with fog and spot lights. A winch system with remote mount and quick-connect cables was tucked under the custom front bumper. A custom vinyl wrap completed the initial stage.

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Next came the overlander survival essentials – a Leitner Designs Overland bed cage, Rhino Rack Pioneer rack system and Foxwing Awning, CVT Tents Mt. Rainier Stargazer tent and vestibule, and Black Forest portable Fridge Freezer, along with water canisters and fuel packs from Daystar, shovels, emergency kit from ARB and more.

Capping off Project Basecamp is a custom Patriot Camper X2 Off Road Adventure Trailer with matching vinyl wrap. The trailer has been configured to include everything a camper could desire. When fully loaded, the X1 is capable of carrying more than two-thirds its own weight, which is expertly distributed for increased off-road stability. The X1’s extreme departure angle, overall length and low, wide track allows for smooth towing, and adjustable air suspension keeps this TITAN well clear of rocks and debris.

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"With the fully equipped Project Basecamp, it’s hard to decide whether getting there or staying there is more fun," added Diaz. "We can’t wait to hear the reaction of participants at the Overland Expo."

The Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp will be making additional appearances this spring and summer at outdoor adventure shows and exhibitions. A full list of Project Basecamp accessories and suppliers can be found here.

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