The Nissan Titan got a redesign in 2017 and hasn’t exactly been a hit. The 2019 model has a spacious cabin and is easy to drive, but there are a few areas where it needs improvement. It doesn’t have as much truck bed space or towing capacity as some of its rivals.
The 2020 Nissan Titan was out on display a few weeks ago at the State Fair of Texas. While it’s not the complete redesign that some fans hoped for, it still looks like a cool truck and a worthy addition to the Titan line. Car and Driver gave us all the details on why truck and Nissan enthusiasts should be excited for the 2020 Titan.
Those who are familiar with the Titan Warrior concept car will recognize the newest exterior design elements. There are three new grille designs as well as two cab styles, the large crew cab, and the small king cab. New LED headlights can also be purchased and Pro-4X, Platinum Reserve, and SL trims can have LED running lights. There are more customization options available than the previous model, including new paint and wheel colors. There are new LED taillights and improved lighting in the cargo bed.
Inside the new Titan, it looks basically the same with a bit more added space. There’s more interior storage with bigger cubbies and wider door-panel pockets. A panoramic sunroof can also be purchased for larger trims.
While the interior layout hasn’t changed much, it got a slew of technical upgrades. It has the NissanConnect software and standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These features were added in last year’s model, but some consumers found that the software felt clunky and outdated. Nissan touched up the latest software to give it a more modern feel. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard, with the option to upgrade to 9 inches.
Along with the new infotainment features, many driver’s assistance tools were added. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 system is now standard, which includes cross-traffic alert, lane assistance, emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and automatic high beams. It also comes with eight standard airbags. Optional upgrades include a surround-view camera and cruise control. The 2019 Titan performed well in every crash test conducted by the IIHS, so we can assume that this rating will only improve with the number of safety upgrades in the latest model.
The previous Titan has two available engines, while the 2020 version only has one. It’s a V8 5.6-liter capable of 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, a slight improvement over the last engine. Its transmission has also been upgraded from a seven-speed to a nine-speed. Nissan estimates that this shaves up to a second off the Titan’s acceleration time and improves the gas mileage. All-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available.
Also included is a new Off-Road Guage, which measures the car’s roll angles, vehicle angle and relative pitch with more accuracy than the standard gyroscope used in the previous model. Other available powertrain features include an electronic-locking rear end, limited-slip differential, hill-start assistance, and a low-range transfer case. Hill-descent control is available exclusively for the Pro-4X version.
Despite all its new tech features and drivetrain upgrades, the Titan manages to stay relatively affordable. It’s expected to retail for $39,000. This is only a little more expensive than the highest-level trim of the Ram 1500, which is currently the most well-reviewed pickup truck on the market. However, the 2020 Titan has a more powerful engine and the most updated technology. The 2020 Titan should enter showrooms early next year.