The thing about Nissan truck concepts over the years is how daring they are. It’s not shy to go against the norm to explore what a truck really is. Namely, we present these four Nissan concepts that, as unlikely as it was to see production, we wish we had.
2016 Titan Warrior
While Nissan promised the Titan Warrior the concept would go into production, it hasn’t. While it may look like a production Titan with pin stripes, it’s not. The front and rear fenders are modified for headlights and taillights that cut through them. Also, the accent line that takes a sharp downward turn has been extended to rockers. At the rear, an integrated tailgate ducktail and black panel is the main change. The grille and the entire fascia have been redesigned. Nissan’s Titan pickup has never seen the sales the company hoped for. While it’s questionable whether the Warrior would have made a difference, it’s too late now. I wish I had tried it.
2001 Alpha T
While we really like the Alpha T truck concept, would it have gone into production as you see it? We doubt it. But a further produced version would still have been a radical departure from contemporary trucks at the time. Kudos to Nissan for introducing this bold first full-size truck concept. It was a statement announcing Nissan’s intentions to enter the full-size truck segment, which it did with the Titan in 2004. Unfortunately, when the Titan debuted, it wasn’t even close to concept. It was a homogenized full-size pickup that lacked the features and styling of the concept. The bold, simple, modular look was nowhere to be found. And while the titan saw sales of more than 86,000 in its first year, it has never achieved those numbers again and is scheduled to be gone soon.
2001 nissan nails
Another quirky and somewhat modular truck concept was the Nails. Too small to ever see production, it looked like one of Nissan’s boutique Kei cars like the Be-1 and Escargo. Fun and compelling, its modularity had interesting potential for easy variations. Its color, design, and even the Nails logo had overtones of toy trucks. The paint finish was a texture that Nissan said could withstand rough use. the
The doors at the rear of the cabin access the bed and are fabric, not metal. Nissan called it a “soft partition.” Its back door swung out completely to access the entire box. And that bed is located low for easy loading. But you can actually drive one, in a sense. The Nails is part of GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing for the Game Boy Advance.
Unveiled earlier this year, the Surf Out is supposed to signal Nissan’s electric truck intentions. Its overall simplicity and interesting proportions give it a futuristic yet realistic look. Cab-forward proportions make sense for electric pickups, since you want more room for the bed and less forward of the cab. Its electric motors and batteries are packed low, so you don’t need to leave as much room for a motor up front. Its simple aesthetic continues in the front and rear fascia. The tailgate extension is now connected to display emoticons and messages. And the design is versatile enough that we can easily imagine it turning into an SUV.
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