Nissan Titan Warrior Concept debuts at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit

DETROIT — Something caught my eye at the Nissan display at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.  It was the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept.  I spoke with Randy Rodriguez, Project Lead Designer of Nissan and he said the Nissan Titan Warrior is an aggressive, high performance off-road capable version of the Titan XD.

“It has wider track suspension, 37-inch tires and is lifted three inches off the ground,” Rodriguez said.  “The truck itself is six and a half inches wider than the XD.  The body is made of carbon composite so it is lightweight and never rusts.  The skid plate goes all the way down to protect the bottom of the truck.”

The grille is an enhanced version of the production model.  Its Cummins V8 diesel all-wheel-drive or two-wheel drive will go into production depending on media and customer response.  “In front, the headlights are technical looking.  There are custom LED lights in both front and rear and also LED off-road lights on the roof of the cab.    “Titan comes from ancient Greek mythology meaning “strong and giant.  The “T” on the back tail light represents a warriors’ mask,”  added Rodriguez.

On the exterior, Intellitrack is built into the inside and bed of the truck for ease of tying things down with stability.  The truck is designed as an “armor” look with robotic quality.  The Titan Warrior is rugged in every shape and form, with its flared out fenders, air vents on the hood and a high performance exhaust system.

The interior has a premium sports look that is also comfortable.  The carbon-colored seat fabric is trimmed in orange accents.  There is a new steering wheel also with the carbon fiber accents.  There is hot and cold water containers in the center console.  Integrated tool kits and a first aid kit are located on the side of the console.  “It takes the off-road adventure with comfort and style,” added Rodriguez.

There is no estimated pricing or fuel economy announced as of yet.  The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept was created by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California.

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The TITAN Warrior Concept offers aggressive adventure-ready design and commercial-duty chassis with modified off-road suspension. (Gloria Rzucidlo/


A close-up of the rear LED taillight. (Gloria Rzucidlo/
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. (Gloria Rzucidlo/
The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept at the 2016 NAIAS. (Gloria Rzucidlo/

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