Is this the next Nissan Titan Desert Runner, Heavy Duty, or both?

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Notice the widened front and rear fenders.  Is this Nissan’s Ford Raptor competitor? (Photo by M. Ebert)

Well, well, what do we have here?  What appears in this first image is a Nissan Titan light duty Crew Cab test mule with modified front and rear fenders.  This test vehicle looks to have added ground clearance with widened fenders.  The rear fender looks clean and finished, while the front is less so with headlights that appear to be attached with plastic and duct tape.  This could very well be Nissan’s answer to the very successful Ford Raptor.  A Nissan Titan Desert runner?  What do you think?  I think it’s a great idea for Nissan.

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Notice the bulging hood, the extended front bumper, and a wider stance. Is this a Titan HD? (Photo by M. Ebert)

We saw three Titan mules zoom by on the highway, and this second one also holds some secrets.  Check out that bulging hood, a very large front grill opening, and an extended lower front bumper.  Also, can you see that enormous trailer behind it?  When this beast passed us, it also had what looked like an 8-foot bed.  We were not able to catch any unique diesel chatter, smoke, or any other clues as to what may lurk under the hood.  It would be a big step for Nissan to enter the Heavy Duty pickup truck market in the United States, as competition is fierce.  However, they have already had some success in the commercial van market with the Nissan NV.  Why stop there?  What do you think?

Here is a TFLcar insider video of the 2014 Toyota Tundra being revealed in Chicago last month.  The next Nissan Titan will have to do battle with it and entries from the Big Three.

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.