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2019 State Fair of Texas – 2020 Nissan Titan Gets Refreshed and Updated

Posted in News on September 26, 2019
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Revealed today at the 2019 State Fair of Texas, the 2020 Nissan Titan will enjoy a midcycle facelift that will bring added power, more standard and available features, and styling that should set it apart somewhat from the slightly derivative truck it replaces. Nissan is calling the 2020 Titan an "extensive redesign," though we think it's a minor update at best. Still, it should add plenty of appeal to a truck we already really enjoy. Note: We're still waiting on details for the Titan XD, but it's likely that many of the 1/2-ton's updates will apply to its heavy-ish-duty brother.

"Powerful Warrior" Design
The most obvious clue that you're looking at a 2020 truck lies in its bolder, more sculpted front fascia. The 2020 Titan will be available with three different grille designs, each of which sport a unique, notched T-shape that cuts into the front bumper cover slightly. New headlights bookend the grille, featuring a unique double-boomerang LED daytime running light feature that ties them in with other vehicles in Nissan's stable. Standard on the Titan Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve, these headlamps also improve visibility thanks to 120 percent greater light output than those of the outgoing truck. Notably, the LED signature no longer forms a split-T design, thanks to the grille taking over with a T-is-for-Titan styling feature.

The same can be said of the all-new LED taillights, whose frosted, geometric design looks very technical and modern. The rear also gets new appliques—aggressive black on the Pro-4X and satin chrome on the Platinum Reserve. The Pro-4X also gets black chrome Nissan logos with Lava Orange accents, befitting its more aggressive styling and positioning as the sportiest Titan variant.

Mobile Office
The 2020 Nissan Titan also receives a mild interior restyling courtesy of new infotainment displays. While the outgoing Titan had a standard 7-inch touchscreen, the 2020 boasts an 8-incher that's the largest standard display in its class. An available "Integrated Command Center" features a 9-inch touchscreen that offers better-than-HD graphics, and although it's not quite as impressive as the Ram 1500's 12-inch vertical touchscreen, we like that it preserves more hard buttons for the Titan's climate and audio controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as is an internal Wi-Fi router that can connect to six devices.

Newly available on the 2020 Nissan Titan is a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, which makes its first-ever appearance on a company pickup. The moonroof, which will be available on crew cab models, measures three square feet, making it one of the largest in the pickup segment.

Also new to the Titan is Nissan Safety Shield 360, which will be standard on all trim levels. Safety Shield 360 includes active safety features like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, active high beams, and class-exclusive rear automated emergency braking. The Titan will also (finally) be available with adaptive cruise control, and it offers eight airbags (up from six) and four seatbelt pretensioners (up from two).

Powertrain Precision
The 2020 Nissan Titan gets a revised powertrain, headlined by the most powerful standard V-8 in its class—the retuned 5.6L Endurance V-8. With 400 hp and 413 lb-ft, the Endurance V-8 is more powerful and torquey than Ford's 5.0L, GM's 5.3L, or Ram's 5.7L V-8s. Every 2020 Titan also comes standard with a new nine-speed automatic transmission (up from seven speeds), featuring a quicker final-drive ratio for better acceleration and response. The transmission's taller top gears also improve fuel economy and efficiency, and closer ratio spacing allows the engine to remain in its power peak more frequently.

Nissan says the 2020 Titan gets emphasized off-road performance, and the company mentions a brake-based limited-slip differential and an electronic locking rear diff. We hope the former is standard and the latter is optional—in the past, the locking diff was standard on the Pro-4X, despite repeated feedback from the media and owners that it should at least be optional on other trim levels. The Pro-4X will be the exclusive purveyor in the Titan lineup of hill descent control, though hill start assist and an enhanced off-road digital gauge will be available on other models.

The 2020 Nissan Titan will continue to be built at the Canton, Mississippi, truck plant, and the company continues to lay claim to America's best truck warranty thanks to five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. The Titan should arrive in dealers with a few weeks.

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