2020 Nissan Titan Gets More Power and Tech, Fewer Cab and Bed Styles

2020 Nissan Titan XD

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By Brian Normile

Competes with: Non-diesel-powered versions of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Ford F-250, GMC Sierra 2500 and Ram 2500

Looks like: The new 2020 Titan, with a longer wheelbase

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

Hits dealerships: Early 2020

Hot on the heels of the 2020 Titan's debut at the 2019 State Fair of Texas, Nissan announced details for the larger, heavier-duty Titan XD. The Titan XD will be available only as a crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed; gone are the 2019 model's regular-cab and extended-cab versions, as well as the regular cab's 8-foot bed. There's also only one engine, the same retuned Endurance V-8 that powers the new Titan.

With higher maximum towing and payload capacities than the full-size Titan, the 2020 Titan XD still targets shoppers looking for an alternative to one of the larger heavy-duty offerings from the likes of Ford, GM or Ram — though with the discontinuation of the Cummins diesel engine available in the previous-generation Titan XD, the 2020 Titan XD is aiming more squarely at the gasoline engine versions of those trucks.

Related: 2020 Nissan Titan Debuts at State Fair of Texas

2020 Nissan Titan XD

Exterior

The new Titan XD looks ... well, a lot like its smaller Titan sibling. The best ways to tell the two apart are likely to be the larger size — the Titan XD has a 151.6-inch wheelbase, more than a foot longer than the Titan, but that's really only useful if a Titan and Titan XD are next to each other — or the XD badging.

The grille of the new Titan XD wears the same designs as the Titan, with different styles tied to the chosen trim level (S, SV, SL, Pro-4X or Platinum Reserve for the latter). Pro-4X models get a blacked-out grille with a lava-red Nissan badge, while Platinum Reserve models get a satin-chrome grille. The same approach to styling differentiation applies to the tailgate finishers as well: black for the Pro-4X and satin chrome for the Platinum Reserve. Platinum Reserve models also have four available two-tone painted over-fenders, and Pro-4X models get dark painted over-fenders.

2020 Nissan Titan XD

The Titan XD also gets new available LED headlights and what Nissan calls "double boomerang" LED daytime running lights. There's also new LED bed lighting and a new LED taillight design.

Interior

Like the Titan XD's exterior, the interior also shares many of the same updates Nissan bestowed upon the Titan. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the lineup, and SL, Pro-4X and Platinum Reserve models come equipped with Nissan's new infotainment system — what it calls the Integrated Command Center — with a 9-inch display. An 8-inch display is standard on S and SV trims.

2020 Nissan Titan XD

Other nifty interior features include the first-ever panoramic moonroof in a Titan XD and a premium Fender audio system that is standard on SL and Platinum Reserve models and available in the Pro-4X.

Nissan believes that most shoppers looking at the Titan XD are thinking about towing capabilities, so there are a host of features to help make hooking up and towing a trailer easier. These include a system to check trailer lights from inside the truck or with the use of the key fob, an available around-view camera system and a rearview monitor that includes trailer guides.

2020 Nissan Titan XD

Under the Hood

The new Titan XD shares its lone powertrain option with the Titan, a 5.6-liter V-8 that produces 400 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque. It's paired to a new nine-speed automatic transmission (the old Titan XD had a seven-speed auto). The Titan XD also has an axle ratio of 4.083:1 compared to 3.692:1 in the Titan. While the new Titan can be had in rear- or four-wheel drive, the XD will only be available in four-wheel drive. That's something of a shame, really, as a rear-wheel-drive Titan XD would likely have a higher towing capacity.

Under the skin is also one of the crucial differences between the two trucks, with the Titan XD using a different, reinforced, fully boxed ladder frame than the one used in the Titan.

Pro-4X models get standard hill descent control and an electronic locking rear differential. A new off-road gauge that can display tire angles and relative pitch and roll angles is also part of the Titan's equipment, and Nissan claims that the system's ability to calculate these angles without a gyroscope makes it more accurate at higher speeds.

Safety

Nissan's Safety Shield 360 system is standard on the new Titan XD and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and reverse automatic braking. Nissan's rear door alert system — designed to reduce the chance of leaving a child in the rear seat — is also standard.

Other safety features available on the Titan XD include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, a driver alertness monitor, traffic sign recognition and Nissan's 360-degree camera system called Intelligent Around View Monitor. Nissan also added two more airbags, one each for the driver and passenger knee area (eight total), and two more seat belt pretensioners (four total).

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Editor's note: This story was updated Oct. 24, 2019, with additional information on the infotainment systems and airbags.

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