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Nissan creates a rugged, Alaska-ready Titan Crew Cab camping package

With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Project Titan truck
With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Project Titan truck
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The Nissan Project Titan is ready for a multi-day journey through Alaska
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The Nissan Project Titan is ready for a multi-day journey through Alaska
With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Project Titan truck
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With the help of a few Facebook friends, Nissan developed the rugged, military-styled Project Titan truck
The Nissan Project Titan skips the auto show circuit and makes its debut in Alaska
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The Nissan Project Titan skips the auto show circuit and makes its debut in Alaska
The Manley ORV trailer sleeps two up top, carries supplies below
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The Manley ORV trailer sleeps two up top, carries supplies below
The Project Titan truck pulls a custom camping trailer along with it
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The Project Titan truck pulls a custom camping trailer along with it
The Manley ORV Explore camping trailer with Tepui tent
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The Manley ORV Explore camping trailer with Tepui tent
The interior includes Katzkin leather seats
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The interior includes Katzkin leather seats
Nissan's custom truck was a collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project and Facebook fans
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Nissan's custom truck was a collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project and Facebook fans
The Project Titan has a Lowrance off-road GPS unit
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The Project Titan has a Lowrance off-road GPS unit
A set of switches help the driver get the best traction and performance
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A set of switches help the driver get the best traction and performance
Inside the Project Titan's Crew Cab
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Inside the Project Titan's Crew Cab
The Project Titan's upgrades were voted through by Nissan Truck Facebook fans
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The Project Titan's upgrades were voted through by Nissan Truck Facebook fans
The Titan includes a custom exterior, revised suspension system and off-road upgrades
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The Titan includes a custom exterior, revised suspension system and off-road upgrades
The Project Titan is working its way through Alaska now
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The Project Titan is working its way through Alaska now
The Project Titan has two front LED light bars
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The Project Titan has two front LED light bars
Getting dirty with the Nissan Project Titan
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Getting dirty with the Nissan Project Titan
Nissan reveals the finalized Project Titan truck
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Nissan reveals the finalized Project Titan truck
The trailer carries a spare tire, fire extinguisher and other supplies
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The trailer carries a spare tire, fire extinguisher and other supplies
The Project Titan has 18-in wheels and 35-in off-road tires
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The Project Titan has 18-in wheels and 35-in off-road tires
The ARB fridge is tucked in the Project Titan's bed, outside the reach of Alaskan wildlife
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The ARB fridge is tucked in the Project Titan's bed, outside the reach of Alaskan wildlife
The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
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The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
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The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
Nissan Project Titan
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Nissan Project Titan
Nissan has placed LED lights on the side as well as the front, better illuminating the area around the truck
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Nissan has placed LED lights on the side as well as the front, better illuminating the area around the truck
Packed up and ready for AK
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Packed up and ready for AK
Inside the Manley trailer
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Inside the Manley trailer
The camping trailer's pintle-style hitch improves its mobility in rough terrain
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The camping trailer's pintle-style hitch improves its mobility in rough terrain
Nissan upgraded the Titan with a Borla cat-back exhaust
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Nissan upgraded the Titan with a Borla cat-back exhaust
The Project Titan's military look is perfect for its purpose
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The Project Titan's military look is perfect for its purpose
The Project Titan is being christened by two Wounded Warrior Project participants and veterans
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The Project Titan is being christened by two Wounded Warrior Project participants and veterans
Another spare tire up on the roof
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Another spare tire up on the roof
Ready for rough road and sleepy nights
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Ready for rough road and sleepy nights
The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
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The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
Facebook voters gave a big "like" to the ARB Deluxe Bull Bar
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Facebook voters gave a big "like" to the ARB Deluxe Bull Bar
The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
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The Titan has LED lighting for better illumination at night
All lit up and ready to explore
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All lit up and ready to explore
Guzman and McMahon check out their ride
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Guzman and McMahon check out their ride
Guzman and McMahon check out their ride
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Guzman and McMahon check out their ride
Nissan Project Titan
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Nissan Project Titan
Nissan Project Titan
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Nissan Project Titan
Nissan Project Titan
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Nissan Project Titan
As ready for Alaska as a truck is likely to be
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As ready for Alaska as a truck is likely to be
Getting dirty with the Nissan Project Titan
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Getting dirty with the Nissan Project Titan

If you're looking to journey across rough, rugged back roads, the average pickup truck is one of your better options. If, on the other hand, those roads will wind beyond the very edge of civilization, into one of the modern world's few remaining frontiers, you may want something a bit tougher, something like the all-new Nissan Project Titan. The custom truck is built to the exacting demands of Alaskan travel.

Nissan's Project Titan vision was to build the ultimate Titan for two Wounded Warrior Project veterans to drive on an Alaskan adventure. The automaker started off with two main ingredients: a 2014 Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X truck that it describes as its most capable off-road package and a social media campaign reaching out to its truck fans for help in the design. Beginning in June, Facebook participants voted on 10 areas of customization, resulting in a military-look Titan with serious attitude.

What started off as a nondescript, pure white Titan PRO-4X got armored with an ARB Deluxe Bull Bar up front, giving it a powerful, off-road-ready face. Set within that face is an LED light bar that works with a second LED bar on the roof to illuminate the road ahead after the Alaskan sun drops behind the horizon. Moving back, the "Recon Titan" wrap transforms the body from "snow white" to "digital-age camouflage," providing a distinctly military look that extends onto the ARE camper top. The custom rear bumper is built to match the one up front.

Facebook voters gave a big "like" to the ARB Deluxe Bull Bar
Facebook voters gave a big "like" to the ARB Deluxe Bull Bar

The standard PRO-4X package is already carefully optimized for off-road prowess, combining features like a transfer-case four-wheel drive with low-range 4-LO, an electronic locking rear differential, a Dana 44 rear axle with dual-rate leaf springs, and front skid plates. For the Project Titan, Nissan added a Nismo cold-air intake and rumbling Borla cat-back exhaust system to free up airflow through the 317-hp/385 lb-ft 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine. The engine fires that output to the Titan PRO-4X 4WD system, onward to the 18-in Fuel Revolver D525 wheels centered inside 35-in Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires. Those wheels grab dirt below beefy fender flares.

The front tires offer extra traction with the help of a switch-operated ARB air locker. The suspension system benefits from the addition of a 4-in lift kit, Radflow remote-reservoir shocks, PRG end links and upper control arms, and load-leveling AirLift rear airbags that keep the rear suspension level with the front. Whatever type of Alaskan ground is in front of it, this Titan is prepared to handle it.

Even with all that upgraded off-road equipment, the Project Titan may still experience the occasional problem, and out in backcountry Alaska that will likely mean self recovery. The truck gets front and rear Warn Zeon winches to pull itself up and out.

"The robust Titan serves as a great starting point for an adventure of this magnitude," says Fred Diaz, Nissan US sales and marketing operations senior VP. "With the help of Nissan's Facebook fan base, Project Titan is fully equipped for the Alaskan Frontier. I'm very much looking forward to following the Wounded Warrior Project team as they make their way through Alaska behind the wheel of Project Titan."

Man cannot live on truck alone, so Nissan leveraged the Titan PRO-4X's 9,300-lb (4,218-kg) towing capacity in hooking up a Manley ORV Explore camping trailer to the rear hitch. The off-road trailer wears the same wrap, wheels and tires as the truck. Its top-mounted, two-person Tepui tent doesn't ride quite as high as the tent on the Xventure trailer, but it does lift out of the way to free access to a cargo area full of off-grid essentials, such as a cooking equipment, water and tools.

The Manley ORV Explore camping trailer with Tepui tent
The Manley ORV Explore camping trailer with Tepui tent

The Project Titan interior may be a second thought to onlookers, but to the two men that will be spending a long, tough journey inside, it's certainly an important piece of the puzzle. The duo will sit on Katzkin leather seat covers and navigate their way through the remote Alaskan backwoods with the help of a Lowrance off-road GPS system with elevation mapping and advanced chart plotting. An eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system is there to keep them entertained. The truck's electricals were upgraded with an AMG battery and 250-amp alternator to support its added power demands. In back, a bed slide system makes accessing gear easier.

The Project Titan was air-lifted to Alaska, and Iraqi war veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon set out on their grand Alaskan adventure this week. The two are alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project, which assists and empowers injured veterans as they transition back into civilian life. Those interested can follow their trip at Facebook.com/nissantrucks. Nissan will also be documenting it for a YouTube series to be released in the coming months.

As ready for Alaska as a truck is likely to be
As ready for Alaska as a truck is likely to be

After all is said and done, this is one sweet hunk of truck that's found a noble purpose. Unfortunately for anyone else interested in driving one, Nissan has already stated quite plainly that it won't be offering the package for sale. Hopefully, it'll at least bring it to this year's SEMA Show so folks can get a closer look.

Source: Nissan

5 comments
Mel Tisdale
Good luck to these brave veterans, I hope they are successful. Anything that stops us from forgetting just how much of a sacrifice we ask our military to make is always going to be a good thing in my book. As for the vehicle itself, well, if that gets stuck anywhere, the location will probably make it into the record-books. Though I imagine that the Facebook suggestions were so numerous in number that the engineers had free reign to construct exactly what these guys really needed. But as for the PR generated by the illusion that Facebook designed it, well, that is another matter.
BigGoofyGuy
What makes it really cool is that the duo using it are from Wounded Warrior. I think it is really neat how the trailer matches the vehicle. The trailer with tent top reminds me of the trailer by Dinoot. They also have tent tops too. http://www.dinoot.com They have one designed to look like a military trailer.
Volodya Kotsev
The key word here is reliability. I suggest they conduct e very thorough reliability test BEFORE they go in the wilderness...
Robert Key
Great as always by Nissan that's why I really love them they always think out of the box, I will definitely try this cool piece of technology I think this invention from Nissan will really take camping to a whole new versatile and advanced level.
Douglas Renfro
I hope these guys come through town before they leave, I would like to see that truck first hand.