NAIAS 2016: Nissan Titan Warrior Concept is Probably Not What You Expected

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
naias 2016 nissan titan warrior concept is probably not what you expected

After revealing the kinda, sorta heavy-duty, kinda, sorta light-duty Titan XD at the North American International Auto Show last year, Nissan is looking to continue its pickup truck momentum with a concept that builds upon the new XD’s strengths.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the light-duty Titan we thought would bow in Detroit. Instead, the Titan Warrior Concept is a modified Titan XD that takes the truck to its next logical conclusion — an off-road capable, well-appointed RAM Power Wagon competitor.

José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman of Nissan North America, Inc., said in a release before the concept’s reveal that it could “drive right off the auto show stage and retrace the historic route of Nissan’s off-road racing victories in the Baja Peninsula.” However, the Titan Warrior Concept likely wouldn’t cross the finish line first; performance modifications to the Titan XD have been limited to suspension upgrades, the 5-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 left alone with its 555 lbs-ft of torque.

In addition to the typical SEMA formula of big wheels, bigger tires and a suspension lift, the Titan Warrior Concept has its fenders flared an extra 3 inches on each side to fit the larger rubber. Modified LED lighting at the front and rear, a custom grille, oversized skid plates and cab/tailgate spoilers round out its visually aggressive game plan.

Instead of stripping the interior a la pre-runner, the Titan Warrior Concept is appointed closer to a top-trim Platinum Reserve Titan and finished with a custom milled aluminum steering wheel, hot-and-cold drink containers, and gauges for days.

Don’t expect this particular truck to be hitting dealer lots anytime soon. However, a more aggressive truck could be in the cards for Nissan should the Titan XD sell as well as it hopes.

Titan XD is arriving at dealers now. A light-duty Titan is expected to debut later this year.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Jan 11, 2016

    I do think this Nissan Mall Crawler is better than the Raptor of PowerWagon. First a diesel in an off road orientated pickup! You can't get better than that. Nissan would be silly not to produce this vehicle as a halo Titan, in the same line as the Raptor, PowerWagon and TRD Toyotas. These will sell.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Jan 14, 2016

      @mason Diesel power is fantastic. For fairly constant, high percentage of max output, applications. Like over the road and marine engines. But not for light loaded, recreational offroading. Nor a typical use passenger car with more than 90 peak hp.

  • Carguy Carguy on Jan 11, 2016

    An interesting contrast to the Honda Ridgeline. Honda delivers everything most truck buyers need while Nissan is focused on the rugged out-doorsy image truck buyers want to project. I think Nissan might have a better grasp on truck market than Honda.

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  • Parkave231 On the one hand, I always thought that TriPower was a horrible name for the L3B engine (and LSY, although I don't recall seeing that name applied in practice), especially since one of the three technologies reduces said power (AFM). Of all the historic GM names to bring back...On the other hand, TurboMAX is a horrible replacement name. Turbo-Quad4? (Yes, I know it's not.) FleetFour? (Seemingly target market?) FourReal?
  • SCE to AUX The diesel isn't that compelling compared to the 2.7T, when you consider the 50% fuel cost premium and the need for DEF.But regularly towing 9500 lbs with a 4-cylinder (even a low-stress one like this) seems to be overdoing it. I'd get the 4 for lighter duty, the diesel for medium duty, and one of the 8s for heavy duty.
  • Analoggrotto Over the years GM has shown a keen interest in focusing their attention and development money on large, expensive or specialized vehicles and little to no progress in developing something excellent to complete with such class leaders as : Camry, Telluride, Civic, CR-V, Highlander, Accord, or even ho hum Corolla. And this is the way class division works in the heartland/rustbelt: pretend to care for the common man but cater the public resources to additional security and comfort for the upper echelons of society. GM is Elitist American Communism.
  • Art Vandelay Current Fiesta ST