SCOOP: Nissan Titan Regular Cab Short Bed Spied: The New Sport Truck?
Body Configuration Would be a Fullsize Nissan First
In the past, we’ve reported the Nissan Titan will be available in three body configurations and one wheelbase, but if recent spy shots are to be believed, the company might have one more trick up its sleeve, forcing us to eat our words.
Captured wearing cobbled-together bodywork and an aggressive wheel-and-tire package, this Nissan Titan regular cab is sporting a short, 6.5-foot bed. If and when it makes it to production, it will be the first time Nissan has ever offered a fullsize pickup in such a short, sporty package.
The example shown here is wearing big 20-inch wheels, giving the truck a hunkered, aggressive stance. We have to admit, it’s a good look for the muscular Titan. An updated 5.6L V-8 would give the Titan the stones it would need to combat such vehicles as the Hemi-powered Ram 1500 Sport and previous-generation Ford F-150 Tremor, and it would give the similarly bodied Toyota Tundra a good run for its drift-truck money.
The camouflage hides a combination of first- and second-generation body panels, since the current Titan’s regular-cab body is still under development. The toolbox mounted to the rear of the bed is likely there to provide ballast for handling and ride testing. It’s fair to assume a production Titan shorty would be styled like its all-new siblings, featuring the Titan and Titan XD’s flared fenders, broad front grille, and signature T-shaped LED daytime running lamps.
Sport trucks have come and gone, but with models like the Ram 1500 Sport and Chevrolet Silverado Black Out offering reasonable entry prices and stonking V-8 power, the timing could be perfect for Nissan to enter the space with its own short-bed sport truck. We’d certainly love to shake one down. What do you think? Should Nissan offer its new baby in this body configuration, or are the better off focusing on hard-working models instead?
Source: SpiedBilde Photography