Overland Expo is an opportunity for small, niche manufacturers to get their 4x4 and camping wares seen, but it's also an opportunity for big brands to let their imaginations run wild. Nissan has done just that with the Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp, a truck designed to serve as a jump off point for expeditions deep into the wilderness.
The Project Basecamp is designed to showcase the huge scope for customization of the Titan XD, both using Nissan parts and bits-and-pieces from aftermarket suppliers. The makeover starts with a set of off-road beadlock wheels wrapped in Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. A set of self-leveling air springs and a 3-inch (76 mm) lift kit should also help when the going gets tough, providing better ground clearance and a smoother ride over rough terrain.
As in the standard car, power comes from a 5-liter diesel engine making 310 hp (231 kW) and 555 lb-ft (752 Nm) of torque. It'll tow 12,640 lb (5,733 kg) and can carry a maximum payload of 2,420 lb (1,098 kg). Although the Titan XD is available in two-wheel drive guise, the base for the show car is four-wheel drive.
Nissan is keen to point out the fact the Titan has a "powerful presence" in factory trim, but there's no doubt the long list of modifications fitted to the Titan XD Pro-4X make it look much tougher than stock. Custom bumpers, a new hood, fender flares and rock sliders create an aggressive look, while the light bar and huge spotlights make nighttime exploring safer. Speaking of things to make off-roading safer, a winch and quick-connect cables have been fitted to pull you out of any sticky situations.
When you've reached your overnight stop, the truck is fully kitted out for a comfortable night's rest. The tray is fitted with a Leitner Designs bed cage, a Rhino Rack storage system, a Mt. Rainier Stargazer tent/vestibule and a portable fridge. There are also water containers and fuel storage along with shovels and an emergency kit.
If that isn't enough, the truck is accompanied by a custom Patriot Camper X2 Off Road Adventure Trailer. Most trailers would be a liability off-road, but the X2 isn't exactly your average trailer, featuring a low, wide track, extreme departure angles and adjustable air suspension. Fully unfurled, it offers a cooktop, fridge and cooler underneath its pop-up sleeping area.
At the moment, there are no plans to actually sell the Project Basecamp. But anyone keen to recreate it can flick through the parts list in the gallery and, provided their credit limit is big enough, make something very similar themselves.
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