Nissan Project Trucks Head to the Hills

Nissan recently showcased two special project vehicle builds featuring a long list of aftermarket upgrades during Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona.

One of the projects, a Nissan Titan called the Ultimate Parks TITAN, is a purpose-built park support vehicle that will be donated to the Grand Canyon Conservancy through the carmaker’s partnership with the National Park Foundation.

The other project, a Nissan Frontier named the Destination Frontier, was created to demonstrate a high-quality overlanding truck built on a budget, according to Nissan.

Below we take a closer look at the Titan; here’s a link for more information on the Frontier.


Ultimate Parks TITAN is a 2019 Nissan Titan XD Gas PRO-4X Crew Cab designed to transport five people and a host of park equipment deep into the Grand Canyon National Park’s remote areas. It will be used to assist the Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Canyon Field School, which offers unique opportunities for youth to experience the outdoors.

The Titan is powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 engine, rated at 390 hp and 394 foot-pounds of torque. All-terrain traction is provided by an advanced four-wheel drive system featuring a transfer case designed to ensure maximum power distribution in every gear.

Like all Titan XD PRO-4X models, the Ultimate Parks TITAN includes an advanced electronic locking rear differential that helps boost traction.

The truck gains extra clearance for traversing over rocks, boulders or other obstructions with an ICON 3-inch suspension lift kit and Hellwig air suspension. To help enter and exit the now higher cabin, AMP BedSteps were added.

The truck rides on 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires mounted on Method 701 Trail Series wheels, while the heavy-duty, fully boxed steel frame was extended to fit the CM Truck Beds custom service body.

The project includes a series of locking compartments, storage bins, equipment racks and tie-downs, including a Rhino Rack Pioneer Tray and EGR fender flares. The extended frame also accommodates a 55-gallon fuel tank and RotopaX fuel cell, since refueling opportunities are few and far between deep inside the park.

Housed inside the service bed are a range of special repair tools and equipment, including a Miller EnPak welder, air compressor and generator. Completing the equipment list are a WARN Industries ZEON Platinum 12-S winch for getting the vehicle out of tight or low-traction spots, Baja Designs worksite lighting and Addictive Desert Designs HoneyBadger front bumper.

In the tradition of packing it in and packing it out, the Black Series Camper off-road trailer provides additional cargo capacity. Other helpful features of the specially outfitted trailer include a CargoGlide bed slide, Leitner Designs bed rack, Rhino Rack Batwing awning and CVT hard shell tent.

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