Love them or hate them, pickup trucks are extremely versatile machines. They can carry heavy loads and tow large trailers, all while comfortably seating 2-5 passengers. But they can do much more than that. Nissan has unveiled its “Smokin’ TITAN” pickup, which does exactly what you imagine. And now it is touring American cities.
Even though Nissan will never manufacture “Smokin’ TITAN” pickup trucks for sale, it is an inspiration for those who love BBQ. This truck, unveiled at the 2018 Work Truck Show, has the world’s first fully integrated in-truck-bed smoker and mobile kitchen. Now it is going on a tour around American cities. It is the perfect place and time for such vehicle, having in mind how quickly the weather is getting warmer and how much Americans love pickup trucks and tailgating. Because smoker does get hot, it’s been separated from the truck and mounted on a custom trailer.
Smoker is in the middle of the trailer and it can get as hot as 315 degrees Celsius. On its sides there are a couple of lockable dry storage boxes for the smoker pellets and wood chips. The smoker itself slides out for easier reach and everything is covered with a tonneau cover. The trailer can be, obviously detached when not used or its contents can be swapped with something more useful for the situation. Obviously, people will not always be smoking meat, but they can also go for a normal BBQ.
“Smokin’ TITAN” has everything you need in terms of kitchen equipment. It has a completely custom flatbed with three workstations, each featuring a gas-burning stove and a Brazilian wood cutting board. “Smokin’ TITAN” even has a sink! It is mounted in a self-contained unit, which can be removed to make space for a cooler if cold beverages are preferred. The rear seat of the truck also saw some changes – a fridge and freezer unit has been installed and a space rack found its home there as well. The entire equipment is weather-proof and not afraid of vibrations that will occur on a long road trip.
Nissan Titan is an extremely robust pickup truck. In fact, this little trailer and a loadbed full of kitchen equipment is not actually going to make the Titan break a sweat. However, the truck itself also saw some modifications. It got larger, 20” alloy wheels with robust on-road/off-road tires. There are also industrial-power fog lights in the front bumper. Billy Hayes, division vice president, LCV and Trucks, Nissan North America, said: “I absolutely love this project vehicle – it is the perfect combination of truck, food smokin’ and family time. If I could take it home with me, I would.”
In fact, many people will feel the same. Having such truck would make every road trip a picnic adventure at any place at any moment. Good thing is that these modifications can be done to virtually any truck, so why wouldn’t you? Summer is right behind the corner!