While not exactly “new” as the automotive press has already had a field day with it, Nissan did bring their newish Titan XD to the SHOT Show floor. And since they paid for my breakfast (and parked one right behind the scrambled egg warmer) on Wednesday morning, I felt compelled to check it out. What I found got me really, really excited about it. Namely, the number of guns and dead pigs I can put in one . . .
Since birth, I’ve always associated a diesel truck with “making it.” All the hardworking guys I knew growing up drove full-size Dodge, Ford, and Chevy diesels. When it came time to retire my 2003 Toyota Tacoma, I gave serious consideration to the world of full-size diesels, but the magnitude of that decision both literally and financially turned me off. Instead, I bought a nicely appointed 2007 F150, a decision I have yet to regret. Roughly a month after I signed on the line for my truck, Nissan released their Titan XD, a vehicle meant to bridge the gap between the full size trucks and the half tons.
But this is a gun blog! Never fear. The Titan has plenty of room for those too. Pictured above is the cavernous center console, large enough for even the most robust Desert Eagles and a few of their friends. In fact, Nick and I had a long discussion about whether a broken down .300 BLK SBR and a can will fit in there. If it does, it will bring a whole new dimension to the phrase, “fight your way to your rifle.”
The model Nissan elected to bring to SHOT is their top of the line Platinum Reserve edition, priced at a princely MSRP of $57,470. That’s an eye-watering amount of money until you realize that the Platinum dition F150 costs roughly the same and doesn’t have 555 (!) ft-lbs of torque.
Nissan had their floor model kitted out with an adventure style tent setup and appropriately large Yeti cooler that did a great job of covering up the thoroughly well-sorted bed that features a factory bed liner, storage boxes, an integrated gooseneck hitch, and the ability to still fit 4×8 sheet goods between the wheel wells. Want to tow a trailer with your ATVs or boat? Nissan has you covered with their integrated trailer controller and sway control system.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUNS?!, you must be thinking. Well feast your eyes on the integrated lockable storage locker that sits under the rear seats. Lay your guns in there and fold the expanding shelf forward for a completely flat floor, perfect for the hunters among us who a) want to lock up their guns and b) load a metric crapton of gear or dogs back there.
So get this…Nissan maintains a huge press fleet in Dallas and their marketing team seems to like TTAG (go figure) so they’ve promised me a press truck to use for a yet-to-be-scheduled hunting and outdoor excursion. I’ve promised not to wreck the truck completely, but I am going to throw as many guns as possible inside and take it somewhere to get some meat. Expect a review of the PRO-4X some time in the coming months. That’s the model with the skid plates. We’ll probably need them.