The Nissan NV Cargo X vehicle, seemingly the most outrageous adaptation of Nissan Commercial Vehicle's flagship van ever made, will be making its world debut at the upcoming 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Built in partnership with the legendary off-road builder Ian Johnson, the vehicle stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is controlled by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel.
Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., said, "The Nissan NV - Cargo and Passenger van configurations - has the durability, quality, and reliability that works hard for business applications - backed by America's Best Commercial Van & Truck Warranty1 with 5-Year/100,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper coverage. We thought it would be interesting to take this kind of vehicle to the extreme - pushing it to where no cargo van has ever gone before. We weren't disappointed."
The engine has been taken from Nissan's TITAN XD full-sized pickup. The engine is estimated to produce 310 hp and more significantly for rock crawling, a heavy 555 lb-ft of torque. The TITAN XD likewise gave its heavy duty Aisin 6-speed program transmission and advanced 4-wheel drive system.
Exterior customizations included installation of a custom rough terrain LED Lighting System, 10,000-lb. front-mounted winch and a tube guard with custom slip plate. A special black and white custom wrap completed the outside look of the vehicle.
The custom build-out utilized the vehicle's standard strengthened mounting points and standard cargo containment framework. Additionally, the cargo bay is loaded with an onboard available air system, fluid containment and storage, recovery tracks, high-lift jack, full-size spare, portable welder, recovery rope and important tool bags.
In addition to the vehicle's appearance at the Chicago Auto Show, which runs at Chicago's McCormick Place from February 11-20, live footage of the all new Nissan NV Cargo X manufacture and its squeeze on Pyeatt Draw trail in Arizona's Tonto National Forest can be seen at NVCargoX.com. To praise this vehicle with fans, Johnson will be at the Nissan booth on Saturday, Feb. 11, signing signatures from Noon to 2 p.m. also, 3 to 5 p.m.