Nissan Brings Adventure-Themed Titan XD “Project Basecamp” to Overland Expo
Made-Over Pickup Gets Long List of Functional Upgrades
Nissan took the wraps off its latest Titan XD variant, “Project Basecamp,” last week at Overland Expo 2017 WEST, revealing a pickup that’s been modified for a life of travel and adventure.
Since overland travel frequently involves remote locations and extreme terrain, the Titan XD was treated to an Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 3 Suspension System, giving it about 2 inches of suspension lift. Nitto Ridge Grappler 35-inch tires mounted to KMC Machete beadlock wheels provide added grip and ruggedness over the factory rolling stock. A Warn ZEON 12-S winch is fit to the Fab Fours Vengeance front bumper with prerunner guard, while a Fab Fours Vengeance rear bumper and Calmini nerf bars provide some added bodywork protection, and the whole rig is wrapped in custom vinyl.
But turning this rugged truck into an overland machine meant adding some sleeping arrangements, which come by way of a CVT Tents Mt. Rainier Stargazer tent and vestibule. Mounted over the bed to a Leitner Designs bed cage and Rhino Rack Pioneer system, the mobile campsite is also kitted out with a Foxwing awning, portable Black Forest refrigerator and freezer, and more.
Carrying all that extra gear (plus the matching Patriot Camper X2 trailer) meant adding a set of Hellwig Big Wig helper air springs, Hellwig rear sway bar, and Hellwig auto-leveling air compressor. Rugged Radio provided car-to-car communication radios, while ARB, Rigid Industries, and KC HiLiTES took care of off-road lighting and other accessories.
Nissan picked a good time to reveal the Basecamp. Taking place just outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Overland Expo 2017 WEST is one of the largest gatherings of overland adventurers and suppliers, and Project Basecamp features more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories from several different companies. Overland Expo is the perfect place for Nissan to show customers what’s possible with a Titan XD and its impressive aftermarket support.
Overall, the Titan XD “Project Basecamp” looks like it’s primed and ready for a trip from Los Angeles to New York, the long way around. Its torque-rich Cummins turbodiesel V-8 and heavily modified suspension and rolling stock should help it get out of a variety of sticky situations, and the extensive list of creature comforts and versatility equipment make it attractive to just about everyone. Alas, “Project Basecamp” is likely only a one-off vehicle, destined for a life of auto shows and occasional day trips, but if Nissan ever wants to send it across the globe, we humbly volunteer.