With an all-new Ram 1500 on the market and fully redesigned Chevrolet Silverado on the way, every player in the full-size pickup segment has work to do. That put some added pressure on the Nissan Titan line.
Titan trucks, which have held pace in a year of gains for the segment, showed off what they have to offer at the Texas State Fair, launching on the final weekend of September. While there were no major mechanical changes, consumers will find new tech along with added upgrades for the heavy-duty model.
Here’s everything that’s new in the Titan and Titan XD pickups for the 2019 model year.
1. Tech and infotainment upgrades
In the absence of performance upgrades on the half-ton Titan, Nissan focused on the experience of driver and passenger in the cabin. That starts with the center-console touchscreen, and every Titan will have a new 7.0-inch system with NissanConnect standard. (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come with the system.)
Meanwhile, crew cab and king cab truck buyers will get the first crack at the Fender premium sound system. This package includes a nine-channel, 485-watt amplifier with Panasonic Acoustic Motion Control and 12 speakers. (King cabs get 10 speakers.)
Finally, a new USB port gets added to all cabins, while Rear Door Alert (RDA) comes standards to king and crew cabs. High-trim models get a pair of illuminated USB-A ports as well.
2. Appearance changes
One of the appearance changes for the 2019 is subtle, and it has to do with SV models only. Whereas this model got chrome grille treatment in previous models, in the new model it will get a body-color outer grille and gloss-black inner treatment.
Otherwise, two new color options round out the exterior changes. Moab Sunset Metallic (pictured above) and Midnight Pine Metallic will now be available.
Customers who want to add the Midnight Package found on the Frontier and other Nissan models in 2018 will still be able to get it on the Titan crew cab SV and SL trucks in 2019.
3. Key engine specs
There is only one engine option in the half-ton Titan: a 5.6-liter V8 with rear- or part-time all-wheel drive. It uses a seven-speed automatic transmission. Overall, system power comes to 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque.
Maximum towing capacity is 9,380 lbs. with rear-wheel drive and 9,240 with all-wheel drive in crew cab models. Max payload figures stand at 1,620 lbs. in S and SV trims.
4. 2019 Titan XD
For 2019, the Titan XD adds all the tech and appearance upgrades the half-ton models got. That means the new touchscreen system, RDA, USB ports, and paint options apply here as well.
In addition, the Titan XD Diesel (Cummins 5.0-liter Turbo) models get a larger exhaust fuel tank and an integrated gooseneck hitch with a plug inside the tow bed to simplify trailering. Diesel models feature a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with a total output of 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque.
5. Fuel economy
Titan’s fuel economy specs don’t change for 2019. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive models get 18 mpg combined with 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. Pro4X models do one tick poorer on the highway (20 mpg) and 17 mpg overall.
Both the half-ton Titan and XD model will be in dealerships and available for online configuration this fall.