2020 Nissan Titan Debuts at State Fair of Texas

2020 Nissan Titan Front Angle Profile

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By Aaron Bragman

Competes with: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra

Looks like: The old Titan with a freshly Altima-ized face

Powertrain: 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8; nine-speed automatic transmission; rear- or four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2020

Nissan refuses to give up on the full-size pickup truck class, and each successive generation of its big Titan pickup comes closer and closer to being fully competitive with the segment's top sellers. For 2020, Nissan has given the Titan a surprisingly thorough refresh, featuring new front and rear styling, a refreshed interior, more and updated standard safety systems, and an upgraded powertrain that should bring it even closer to being a viable challenger to perennially popular rigs like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The truck is making its debut at the 2019 State Fair of Texas, which opens to the public Friday and runs through Oct. 20 at Parry Avenue and Washington Street in Dallas. Check out the fair website for hours and ticket information.

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2020 Nissan Titan Rear Angle Profile

Exterior

At first glance, it doesn't look like much has changed for the exterior styling, but the updated grille, headlights, taillights, bumpers and finishers give it a look that's more in line with the rest of the updated Nissan line-up. The redesigned LED headlights (standard on the Pro-4X, SL and Platinum trims) reportedly deliver 120 percent more illumination in base form, according to Nissan, and optional LED foglights provide even more light. Even the daytime running lights get upgraded to a four-board design, the largest Nissan has ever produced. Out back, new LED taillights grace the redesigned rear end. LEDs are also employed in the new bed lighting system, four of them providing surrounding illumination to whatever cargo is being hauled around. A choice of three new grilles is offered, and tailgates change styling finishers depending on the trim grade chosen. Nissan's goal was to differentiate the various Titan trims more thoroughly than before.

2020 Nissan Titan Headlight

Nissan has also updated the wheel designs, badging and grille surrounds — the latter to improve cooling for the more powerful V-8 engine as much as to provide new styling elements. Three new colors are on offer as well, with availability dependent on trim level. New colors are Red Alert, Baja Storm and Cardinal Red Metallic (premium, extra-cost), joining the existing Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Pearl White TriCoat (premium color), Glacier White and Deep Blue Pearl.

2020 Nissan Titan Tire

Interior

2020 Nissan Titan Cockpit

The insides get some love as well, with Nissan upgrading materials on the doors, dash and consoles depending on trim level. More differentiated styling is the goal here, with top Platinum grades receiving luxury-trimmed panels, while the off-road oriented Pro-4X trim goes for a more rugged look. Front and center is a new 7-inch digital programmable driver information display in the gauge cluster, while a new standard 8-inch display graces the center console. Not big enough? Upgrade to the 9-inch Integrated Command Center display with resolution that Nissan claims is better than HD video. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, while on-board Wi-Fi now allows up to six devices to stream content (with a paid subscription) at download speeds up to 45 megabits per second.

2020 Nissan Titan Center Console Display Screen

The rest of the interior got some attention, too. Designers tweaked things like the smartphone holders and chargers, but left the Titan's successful elements unchanged. Those include the optional 12-speaker, 485-watt Fender premium audio system and the oddly branded "Zero Gravity" front and rear seats, which purport to offer improved long-distance comfort. And there's another first for the Titan in 2020: an available dual-panel panoramic moonroof for crew-cab models, one that Nissan says is one of the biggest in the class, measuring in with a surface area of more than 3 square feet.

Under the Hood

Powering the new 2020 Titan is the familiar 5.6-liter Endurance V-8, now pumping out an even 400 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque (caveat: using premium fuel), up 10 hp and 19 pounds-feet of torque. This makes it the most powerful standard V-8 in the full-size pickup class, according to Nissan. It's mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the old model's seven-speed auto. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional. Nissan claims that the new powertrain has improved the linear power delivery thanks to better spacing of the transmission gears, and 50-70-mph acceleration has improved by almost a full second. The engine uses direct injection and variable-valve technology, but fuel economy numbers have not yet been released.

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If you're heading off-road, the Titan should perform well there thanks to a four-wheel-drive system that employs hill descent control (Pro-4X only), hill start assist, brake limited-slip differential and an electronic locking rear differential. An enhanced off-road gauge is also present that calculates vehicle tire angle and relative pitch and roll angles — but it does so without a gyroscope, instead using accelerometer data used for other purposes to crunch numbers and provide information to the driver more accurately.

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Safety

Nissan is upping the safety game for the 2020 Titan by including the new Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard across all trim levels. Six specific driver-assist technologies are included: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist and reverse automatic braking (a class exclusive, according to Nissan). The brand's rear door alert will also be standard on all trim levels, as are eight airbags (up from six) and four seat belt pretensioners (up from two). Even more will be offered optionally: available forward collision warning, an around-view monitor, automatic cruise control, driver alertness monitor and traffic sign recognition.

The new Titan will be available for purchase in early 2020. It will come in two cab configurations (King Cab and crew cab) and five trim levels (S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve). No word yet on pricing or any changes to capabilities such as tow ratings, payload or fuel economy, but we'll have details as soon as they become available.

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2020 Nissan Titan Grille

2020 Nissan Titan Tailgate

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