If the Nissan Navara pickup decided to go to the gym, lift weights, and consult a personal trainer, we think it would look like the Nissan Titan Warrior concept. The Titan is the Japanese carmaker’s full-size pickup sold in the US. There, it competes with the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra for market share.
As the new-generation Titan is arriving in showrooms, Nissan is already showing off the possibilities it can do with the model.
"Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings," said Jose Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Company, and chairman of Nissan North America. "Nissan has always pushed the boundaries of traditional automotive design and engineering, from our GT-R supercar to the new Titan. 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 certainly does the job."
The Titan Warrior began as a standard model, but the ride height was raised by about 76mm to 2,070mm. This was done to fit the 37-inch off-road tires mounted on 18-inch matte-finish aluminum wheels. The width was also increased by 76mm on each side.
As expected, the Titan Warrior was given a suspension worthy of its stature. In front are custom upper and lower control arms with performance ball joints, along with racing-style internal bypass reservoir coilovers. A similar setup is installed on the rear end. Adjusted-length prototype axles were also included, along with a custom sway bar, relocated sway bar brackets, and rear lift blocks and U-bolts.
What all these suspension mods mean is that you can probably run over a taxi that idiotically swerves into your lane--and feel like you merely went over a speed bump.
A new look was incorporated into the Titan Warrior, for what Nissan calls a “stealthy, robotic quality.” The grille and the headlights have been enhanced, as have the front and rear fenders. Functional hood vents have even been added to cool the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel. Despite the bulk, Nissan even added aerodynamic elements like a carbon-fiber rear cab spoiler and a tailgate spoiler. These complement the roof-mounted LED off-road lights.
The cabin gets a matching motif, with carbon-colored seat fabric trimmed with “Magma” orange inserts. The interior is replete with carbon fiber, polished chrome, and leather with orange stitching. What’s amazing is the steering wheel that’s made out of a solid block of aluminum.
You can bet someone will use a Navara as a template and replicate the Titan Warrior for the next big aftermarket event. But we still hope Nissan builds this thing for real. It will give us one more thing to fantasize about when we buy a lottery ticket.