- “Project Basecamp” designed for self-sustaining exploration of backcountry, capable of taking on any climate or terrain in its path
- Built on the foundation of a rugged Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X, anchored by a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and a hefty 555 lb-ft of torque
- Key modifications include 3-inch lift kit, bed cage, stargazer tent, light bar and 35-inch tires
- Overland Expo 2017 WEST runs May 12-14 at Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, Arizona
Nissan took the wraps off a specially modified 2017 TITAN XD PRO-4X 4×4 called “Project Basecamp1.” Designed as a dream project vehicle for overlanding enthusiasts, it will be on display this weekend at the Overland Expo 2017 WEST, one of the premier annual overlanding events in the country. The Overland Expo combines overlanding training classes and demonstrations with an extensive trade show of camping, outdoor, vehicle and motorcycle equipment.
“Overlanding is an exciting form of outdoor adventuring, taking participants into sometimes extreme terrain and climate conditions,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re using the Project Basecamp to showcase the TITAN XD PRO-4X model’s potential as the perfect platform for truck owners thinking of taking their adventures to the next level.”
Project Basecamp started as a stock TITAN XD PRO-4X Crew Cab – straight from the Canton, Mississippi factory floor. “With its heavy duty commercial truck ladder frame, torque-monster Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, innovative bed features and full-feature 5-passenger interior, the TITAN XD PRO-4X would be more than enough for typical off-road adventuring. However, overlanding is anything but typical,” said Diaz.
The TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp showcases more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories from some of the leading manufacturers in the overlanding field, creating an essentially self-contained, self-sustaining “basecamp” for exploring the backcountry.
The transformation to Project Basecamp started with some new “hiking boots” in the form of maximum off-road-traction 35×12.50×17 tires mounted on 17-inch beadlock aluminum-alloy wheels. A special 3-inch lift kit provides extra tire clearance at each corner, and the suspension was given an extra level of bulletproofing with air springs, an air-leveling compressor and more.
While the TITAN XD PRO-4X presents a powerful presence in factory form, Project Basecamp received a little beefier look to complement the new, more aggressive vehicle stance. The list of exterior modifications includes custom front and rear bumpers, aggressive fender flares and cab-length rock sliders, custom hood, light bar and chase lights with fog and spot lights. A winch system with remote mount and quick-connect cables was tucked under the custom front bumper. A custom vinyl wrap completed the initial stage.
Next came the overlander survival essentials – a Leitner Designs Overland bed cage, Rhino Rack Pioneer rack system and Foxwing Awning, CVT Tents Mt. Rainier Stargazer tent and vestibule, and Black Forest portable Fridge Freezer, along with water canisters and fuel packs from Daystar, shovels, emergency kit from ARB and more.
Capping off Project Basecamp is a custom Patriot Camper X2 Off Road Adventure Trailer with matching vinyl wrap. The trailer has been configured to include everything a camper could desire. When fully loaded, the X1 is capable of carrying more than two-thirds its own weight, which is expertly distributed for increased off-road stability. The X1’s extreme departure angle, overall length and low, wide track allows for smooth towing, and adjustable air suspension keeps this TITAN well clear of rocks and debris.
“With the fully equipped Project Basecamp, it’s hard to decide whether getting there or staying there is more fun,” added Diaz. “We can’t wait to hear the reaction of participants at the Overland Expo.”
The Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp will be making additional appearances this spring and summer at outdoor adventure shows and exhibitions.
About the 2017 Nissan TITAN XD
The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD Diesel shakes up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment with a bold design and capabilities that stake out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. It offers the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of 12,640 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 2,420 pounds (when properly equipped) – yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability closer to a half-ton pickup.
Like all 2017 TITAN models, the TITAN XD is covered by “America’s Best Truck Warranty”2 on its 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD full-size pickups – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first.
For the 2017 model year, TITAN XD adds a new Single Cab version to the existing Crew Cab body configuration. Also for the new model year are several new option packages, including the SV Leather Package, Texas TITAN Edition, SL Chrome Package and Platinum Reserve Bed Utility Package. A new TITAN XD King Cab joins the lineup in June 2017.
The TITAN XD Diesel is anchored by a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and a 555 lb-ft of torque. The Cummins diesel is the first commercial application of the new Cummins M2 two-stage turbo system, which helps reduce traditional turbo-lag through precision balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. The patented Rotary Turbine Control provides solid performance across the powerband and manages exhaust gas temperatures. Helping handle the power and torque of the engine is a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin A466ND automatic transmission developed and tuned exclusively for the TITAN XD.
The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab Diesel is available in five well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. All are offered with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 drive configurations, except for the PRO-4X model, which is available exclusively as a 4×4. The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD Single Cab Diesel is offered in S and SV grade levels and 4×2 or 4×4 drive configurations.
The Nissan TITAN XD Diesel is assembled in Canton, Mississippi, with engines assembled in Indiana.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.