Through a 14-year partnership, Nissan has donated more than 150 trucks and $16.9 million to Habitat for Humanity. But, a special edition work truck, dubbed the “Ultimate Work TITAN”, was unveiled Tuesday at the Habitat for Humanity office in Indianapolis and will be on display during the annual Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center March 6-8.
“Built on the foundation of a rugged TITAN XD Diesel and featuring parts from some of the most reputable names in the construction industry, the Ultimate Work TITAN lives by its name in every sense,” said Fred DePerez, vice president, North America LCV Business Unit, Nissan. “We can’t wait to get this truck off the show floor and onto the build site, where we know it will thrive.”
The truck began life as a stock TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab Midnight Edition, an impressive truck in its own right with a Columbus, Indiana-built 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel V8 engine delivering 310 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. That can tow about 12,000 lbs. or carry 2,000 lbs. of payload – all of which would come in handy when designing the custom truck.
But the team knew they needed much more. Through initial discussions, it was determined the truck should have significant off-road capability, interior capable of functioning as a mobile office, and a bed loaded with easy-to-access equipment needed on a jobsite.
Off-road capability is fortified by an ICON lift kit that includes adjustable-height coil-over shock absorbers paired with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires and ICON Alloy REBOUND wheels. An Addictive Desert Designs bumpers and WARN winch stand by to protect the truck and keep it moving. Custom Baja Designs lighting brightens the worksite.
Once there, it’s easy to access all the truck can carry with its Utili-track® Bed Channel System and decked lockable storage connected to the bedsides. Inside the bed is a table saw, chop saw, chainsaw, air compressor, and drill kit. A Zamp 200-watt power inverter and RIGID extension cords tap 110-volt outlets in the bed and cabin. Up top, a rack holds multiple ladders that are accessible with a bed step and power running boards. If you need it on the worksite, designers probably found a place to securely store it.
When hard-working crews need a respite to manage the business of building, they move inside. Up front is a 13-inch laptop and printer to transmit maps, blueprints, and daily reports. The back seat is a full mobile office with custom desk, file storage, and power inverter to keep it all humming. Nissan’s Zero Gravity Seats and Fender audio system provide much-deserved comfort and entertainment.
“Construction site supervisors made it clear to us what was needed to make their jobs more productive, and after incorporating their feedback, one thing has become clear: this is the truck for TITANS of the Neighborhood,” DePerez continued.
It’s also the truck to help Habitat for Humanity continue its great work. And, it will look pretty cool doing it.