2016 Lincoln MKX, Nissan Titan Take Cues From Fashion: 2015 Detroit Auto Show | Edmunds

2016 Lincoln MKX, Nissan Titan Take Cues From Fashion: 2015 Detroit Auto Show


DETROIT — Men's fashions, especially high-end hunting jackets, were a key influence on the interior design of the 2016 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve model. The fully redesigned Titan pickup truck debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Showing off the interior of the Titan Platinum Reserve, Richard D. Miller, Nissan's director of Titan product planning, told Edmunds that Filson's jackets and the L.L.Bean Upland jacket inspired the seat design.

The seats have an expensive-looking quilted pattern.

"A hunting jacket is durable and weather-resistant," Miller said. "But it's also warm and comfortable on the inside."

The Titan Platinum Reserve, the top-end version of the truck, is also supposed to convey the "warm, inviting lodge feel of a second home," Miller added.

The 2016 Titan arrives at Nissan dealerships later this year.

Bourbon also had an influence on the truck, especially expensive "reserve" brands, as the name implies, Miller noted.

Curiously, Nissan eschewed cowboys and Western themes with the new Titan, a move away from ranchier competitors including the Ford F-150 King Ranch and the Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition.

There will be no Western-themed Titan.

"We love cowboys, but we're getting at a broader appeal," Miller said.

Across the show floor, the 2016 Lincoln MKX, the all-new second generation of the brand's midsize crossover, appeals to luxury buyers with its optional designer-themed packages. One is inspired by the fashion, lifestyle and art scene of 1920s Paris.

Paris fashion at the time was defined by such style icons as designer Coco Chanel, who popularized a more casual silhouette, and Marlene Dietrich, the German-American actress who remade the definition of beauty with her androgynous look.

Some automakers, including Maserati, name-dropped fashion designers at the show.

Maserati rolled out the Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Concept, another example of the partnership between the automaker and the Italian fashion house.

The concept follows the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition, production of which was limited to 100 units.

The Ghibli concept features an exclusive new color Azzurro Astro and special 20-inch wheels. Zegna-inspired materials line the cockpit.

It wouldn't be surprising to see a production version of the Ghibli concept.

Fashion and cars have been a natural fit. In 2012, a Range Rover Evoque Special Edition by Victoria Beckham was introduced, and menswear designer John Varvatos created a special version of the 2013 Chrysler 300C.

Edmunds says: If you "wear" your vehicle like a comfy hunting jacket or timeless Chanel dress, you're going to love what some automakers have in store for you.

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