It's no secret the Nissan Titan is at a disadvantage with the development of its next-generation full-size pickup truck (thanks to the dissolved partnership with Chrysler that was a casualty of the automaker's bankruptcy), but it doesn't look like Nissan is sitting around licking its wounds.
Looking at these spy shots, it looks like the automaker might be working on several short-term upgrades to help improve the look and capability of the low-volume half-ton. Nissan seems to have carefully tapep around the wheelwells to give the illusion of a bigger tire opening. This may be an attempt to hide that it's likely a new, bigger wheel and tire combination and may even have a slight suspension lift.
Nissan also seems particularly sensitive to anyone getting a close look at the tailgate area. We have three shots here that seem to show Nissan is not only redesigning the rear section, but also experimenting with different types of backup cameras or other "in-tailgate" technologies. Could there be a tailgate step or storage bin mounted in the tailgate?
You'll also notice a cover over the truck's front badge that may hint at a new truck logo for Nissan, along with the new PRO-4X font on the truck's bed. Additionally, we don't think it would be a huge stretch to think that Nissan would attempt to continue discussions with ZF about an eight-speed transmission, even after the agreements broke down regarding the sharing of a full-size platform. The new transmission would certainly be an easy way to increase fuel economy while keeping the same or smaller ring-and-pinion gears in the factory housing.
Of course, we'll keep out fingers crossed for Nissan to be the first to step out and be the first to offer a small turbodiesel for the U.S. market in a half-ton truck, but the way the single exhaust pipe is looking, it's not likely on this runner.