The competition in the full-size pickup segment has intensified further with the arrival of the all-new Ram’s and GM’s models and refreshed heavy-duty Ford. Ram has benefited most from the recent redesign and the sales skyrocketed in 2019. The brand accounted for a 28-percent increase in sales in 2019 compared to the same period last year. The statistic is even better for June 2019 where Ram achieved a 58-percent increase. Chevy Silverado hasn’t performed well compared to the previous year and has reduced sales by almost 12 percent while the new GMC Sierra is 4, 3 percent down. The Toyota Tundra keeps its sales rate similar but Nissan Titan continues to struggle and reduced sales by almost 23 percent and has been outsold even by venerable, mid-size Frontier.
Nissan is, however, working on the Titan truck and the camouflaged prototype was caught on several occasions while testing. The current full-size Titan arrived for the 2017 model year and the refreshed version should appear later in the year as the 2020 Nissan Titan.
The exact details about upgrades are still unknown but there should be both visual and interior improvements. The spy photos suggest mild styling upgrade of both front and rear fascia and there will be some changes inside the cabin as well including the upgraded infotainment system and center cluster design. The refreshed half-ton Titan could also get a long-expected V-6 engine but no confirmation yet or engine’s specs appeared.
2020 Nissan Titan: Design
The refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan won’t come with the radical styling changes judging by the spy photos. The prototype version caught on the road has front and rear section covered with the camo while the profile is exposed and seems like on the current version.
The front side doesn’t seem very different either despite it is disguised by the camo. The front bumper doesn’t seem much different and the shape of the headlights is also similar while the difference will make new lighting elements.
The contours of the grille under the disguise also look very similar to the current form and the difference should be in details. The rear should also come with the revised taillights and tailgate. There will also be new body paint options and wheels design.
The cabin of the refreshed Titian will also appear with some upgrades but radical changes won’t be there either.
The model updated the infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support for the 2019 model year while the refreshed version will come with the larger center display, likely with the higher resolution and improved connectivity features. The buttons and controls below the display and air vents flanking it look also redesigned and repositioned to open the room for the larger display.
No details appeared about possible upgrades in the safety segment. The current Nisan Titan can be equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert but systems like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation are not on the shopping list now. Nissan should add them soon as possible as they have become common elements of the other models.
2020 Nissan Titan: Powertrains
Unlike most of the rivals which expanded the engine range with the turbocharged and diesel units as well as smaller displacements, the existing Nissan Titan comes with the V-8 unit in every configuration. The larger Titan XD can be also had with the 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins turbodiesel with 310 hp and torque of 555 pound-feet.
The light-duty Titan has been expected to get a smaller entry-level engine option for a long time. The same V-6 unit is expected to appear in the redesigned, mid-size Nissan Frontier. There is no confirmation that 2020 Nissan Titan will get a V-6 unit and what are the specs of it. It could be a 3.7-liter V-6 engine combined with the 7-speed automatic transmission.
Nissan will surely repeat a 5.6-liter V-8 engine which paired with the 7-speed automatic gearbox makes 390 hp and torque of 394 pound-feet in the current version.
2020 Nissan Titan: Arrival, Price
The refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan is expected for the late in the year arrival. Nissan will likely keep the starting price in low-$30,000 despite upgrades it receives and with the new V-6 the model could be even cheaper than the current version.