Nissan’s Titan Warrior concept issues Ford SVT Raptor challenge

We imagine the designers at Nissan looked at their handiwork and thought: Yes, it's called the Titan. Yes, it's got a diesel engine. But is it hardcore enough? Well, mission accomplished, Nissan – the Titan Warrior concept looks ready for the zombie apocalypse (and will haul six months of supplies to boot).

Nissan today unveiled its Titan Warrior pickup concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, an off-road optimized truck the company says speaks to its optimism for its future in the truck marketplace.

Reading between the lines or rather, simply looking at the details of those on this concept, it’s clear too Nissan wants to hone in on the success Ford has enjoyed with its F-150-based SVT Raptor. No surprise then the Warrior concept is an homage to the brand’s off-road racing heritage, and builds on a one-off customized Titan that took a pair of U.S. army vets to Alaska as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

In some regards, the Warrior concept unabashedly apes the Raptor: obvious cues include knobby tires and lifted suspension, but there are more subtle details like marker lights set into the grille we think are a clearer tell of Nissan’s intent.

Nissan refers to the Warrior’s look as more “technical” than the standard Titan’s exterior, with aluminum wheels complementing a matte grey paint.

Nissan said the “polished” interior reflects its recognition that many truck drivers use their vehicles as daily drivers. It’s based around the stock Titan’s cabin, but adds an aluminum steering wheel, and custom hot-and-cold drink containers built into the centre console.

Powertrain-wise, the Warrior shares the Titan’s XD’s Cummins turbodiesel V8 and six-speed automatic transmission.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.
  • Daniel Libich

    After Nissan unveiled its titan warrior concept at this years north American international auto show claiming its superior to the F-150 based raptor. What if automotive journalists want a three way battle and invite FCA to send its rebel based off its ram lineup. As the titan warrior shares much of its components with the rest of the titan lineup including the XD’s 5L Cummins and Aisin automatic.