So it turns out America is getting yet another ridiculously cool vehicle that looks tailor-made for Aussie conditions, yet we’re stuck with the NP300 Navara. Come on Nissan Australia, lift your game!
In case you haven’t heard of the Nissan Titan, it’s the ute that Nissan America sell to compete with the full-size trucks like the Ford F250, Dodge Ram and Chevy Duramax. This new Titan Warrior concept, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show recently, is built on the same heavy duty platform as the regular Titan, but with an industrial shedload of off-road enhancements and a modified cab for a more “modern armour” look. All we know is that it’d look right at home up the Cape or towing a van (or house, whatever) through the Simpson Desert.
The engine is the drool-worthy 5.0L Cummins V8 turbo diesel that puts out enough torque to affect the Earth’s rotational force, while the Titan’s body has been stretched out over 6in wider and sports a changed grille for a more menacing look. LED lights are used as headlights and roof-mounted driving lights, while the flares, front and rear bumpers and rear cab spoiler are all crafted from carbon fibre.
Long-travel, race-inspired coilover IFS ensures that corrugations can be tackled as fast as you’re willing to go while the rear end features the same remote-res internal bypass shocks as the front, minus the coils. Wider axles have been fitted and the whole show sits 3in higher than a stock Titan to accommodate the truly massive 37in rubber in 18×9.5in alloy rims. Yes, from standard.
The interior sees carbon-coloured butt-huggers offset with orange trim and a steering wheel milled from aluminium. Carbon fibre trim abounds and because hey, it’s America, the cupholders come with hot-and-cold settings. There’s even an integrated trailer brake controller, electronic locking rear diff and an Around View monitor and reverse camera with trailer guides for tight manoeuvring.
Ok, we get it. It’s a concept vehicle developed for an overseas (and much larger) market. But you can’t tell us that if these were imported and sold over here (Y62 ute anybody?) there wouldn’t be buyers for them. Come on Nissan Australia, impress us.
Sigh, back to looking at NP300 upgrade options…