Revised 2020 Nissan Titan Gets More Power and More Technology

Segment underdog receives a significant update.

Important announcement time: The 2020 Nissan Titan has received a significant refresh that brings both cosmetic and mechanical updates. This week, the spruced-up truck is making its official debut at the State Fair of Texas.

In terms of exterior design, the Titan pickup receives new headlights with revised LED daytime-running-light patterns, as well as a new front bumper, fog lights, and wheel designs. PRO-4X models get a blacked-out grille while the SL and Platinum Reserve versions get a satin chrome one. To further distinguish the PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve, Nissan gave them black and satin chrome tailgate garnishes, respectively. Nissan also says that the new LED headlights and daytime running lights on higher trims of the 2020 Titan pickup are brighter than before.

Some of the biggest changes on the 2020 Nissan Titan occur under the hood. The full-size truck now gets an updated 5.6-liter V-8 with 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, up from 390 horses and 394 lb-ft. Nissan has also replaced the aging seven-speed automatic transmission with a new nine-speed unit and a shorter axle ratio (3.692:1 versus the outgoing 2.937:1) for improved acceleration. Rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations continue to be available on the 2020 Titan. PRO-4X models add additional off-road capability with features like hill-descent control, an electronic locking differential, and hill hold.

Major cabin updates were made to the 2020 Nissan Titan. An 8.0-inch touchscreen now comes standard on all Titan models, and you can upgrade to a larger 9.0-inch unit on more expensive models. A 7.0-inch instrument cluster display is also available on the full-size truck, and it displays key driving data and vehicle information. The latest NissanConnect infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it can receive over-the-air software updates. An optional 12-speaker, 485-watt Fender audio system returns as the upgrade stereo on mid- and top-end 2020 Titan models. A large panoramic moonroof is also offered for the first time on higher trims.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 now comes standard on all 2020 Titan trucks. It bundles together front and rear automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and lane-departure warning. Optional driver-assistance features include traffic-sign recognition, a driver-alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera system.

When it goes on sale early next year, the refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan pickup—the changes add to those already made last year—will be offered in five grades and two cab styles. Unlike other Nissan vehicles, the 2020 Titan will have a five-year or 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty instead of the usual three-year or 36,000-mile one. Nissan hasn't announced whether its full-size pickup will finally add a less powerful V-6 engine option or if the larger Titan XD will return. In fact, when we asked about the smaller engine last year, Nissan said it didn't have a timetable for its rollout. None of the changes appear as if they'll affect the big Nissan's driving character, though, which means it's likely to still fall in line behind the best-driving trucks in the segment, including the excellent Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150.

This story originally appeared on MotorTrend.

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