Revised 2020 Nissan Titan Gets Teased
Midcycle Refresh to Be Revealed in Dallas Next Week
Nissan will reveal a revised fullsize pickup lineup next week at the State Fair of Texas, teasing the new truck today on social media. The 2020 Nissan Titan, which will arrive in dealers early next year, will receive updated stylingâincluding bold "Lava Orange" accents on the off-road Pro-4X model. Most obvious is a new LED light signature and a more technical appearance for the reshaped grille. While we can't tell much from either the shadowy teaser or the brightened version below, so far we like what we see.
The 2020 Nissan Titan, which will again be available in light-duty and XD configurations, should receive significantly more active safety and convenience technology, as well as updated interior electronics. In particular, we expect adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking to become available (or perhaps standard) on the Titan, as well as a larger infotainment display and hopefuly an available sunroof. These moves will attempt to keep the aging (but award-winning) Titan relevant to the fullsize pickup market, with several recently introduced entries from Ram and GM, as well as an all-new F-150 coming from Ford next year.
Unfortunately, 2020 marks the end of the Titan XD's available 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V-8. Slow sales are to blame, but it's nevertheless a sad development—the not-quite-3/4-ton Titan XD's oil burner made it a good foil for 1/2-ton pickup shoppers who wanted a more secure towing platform. Until further notice, all Nissan Titans will be powered by a 5.6L gasoline V-8, a fine engine no doubt but no match for the twisty, burly diesel.
As usual, though, expect the 2020 Nissan Titan to boast a value proposition relative to its peers. For example, a fully loaded 2019 Titan Platinum Reserve 4x4 costs $60,230, compared to about $63,000 for a comparably equipped Ford F-150 Platinum or $62,000 for a GMC Sierra 1500 Denali.
We always enjoy driving the well-rounded Nissan Titan, but it's impossible to deny how dated it feels compared to other fullsize trucks. Hopefully, updates made for 2020 will help breathe some life into the fine, but aging, pickup.