The Detroit-based full-size truck models continue their domination in the segment while Toyota and Nissan can’t catch the pace with more sophisticated rivals. The full-size Titan hasn’t performed well on the market after the redesign in 2016 and the Titan models remain at the bottom of the sales chart in the full-size segment. Nissan sold just 50, 459 Titans in 2018 and Toyota Tundra is in front with 118, 258 sold units. The Titan models are also outsold by the vintage, mid-size Nissan Frontier which hasn’t been all-new since 2005.
Nissan was, however, spotted recently while testing the refreshed Titan model and heavy-duty 2020 Nissan Titan XD should also follow with the similar changes. Although, the mid-update won’t likely help much against the popular and more sophisticated rivals it should bring some welcomed upgrades.
The spy photos suggest subtle styling changes while there should be more significant upgrades inside the cabin with the new instrument and center stack and switchgear. Nissan could also introduce new safety systems. The light-duty Titan should also get a more frugal V-6 engine while the heavy-duty Titan XD will likely continue with the same engines after the mid-update.
2020 Nissan Titan XD: Design
Nissan hasn’t yet revealed what it has to offer in the refreshed Titan models but spy photos give us insight in some interior and exterior upgrades.
The 2020 Nissan Titan XD wasn’t spotted while testing but it should apply similar changes as the light-duty Titan. Nissan masked the front and rear sections of the truck suggesting usual mid-cycle upgrades.
Judging by the spy photos, the refreshed Titan trucks should come with the updated design of the front grille and headlights. The front bumper doesn’t seem much different from the current form.
The rear section should get revised tailgate and new design taillights. Nissan will also offer new wheel options and color choices.
It seems that more substantial changes will occur inside the cabin of the truck.
The refreshed trucks should appear with the new instrument panel with larger digital display and new dials. Similarly, the center stack will get larger touchscreen display and revised switchgear. The display will likely be an 8-inch unit replacing current 5- and 7-inch units. The infotainment system should also get upgraded features and will provide Apple Car Play and Android Auto support.
There will also be some new trim pieces as well and we expect upgraded safety gear. The Titan XD offers now blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and surround vision but lacks adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane keep control and other advanced systems available in the equipment list of the rival models.
2020 Nissan Titan XD: Powertrains, Towing
No signs that the 2020 Nissan Titan XD will introduce some powertrain upgrades. The light-duty Titan might finally get a new V-6 unit but a more capable XD will likely keep the same powering units.
The Titan XD gets 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque from the 5.6-liter V-8 gasoline engine. The engine comes in the combination with the 7-speed automatic transmission. The Titan XD-equipped with the Endurance V-8 gas engine can load up to 2, 990 pounds.
The diesel-powered Titan XD will use a 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 engine paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. The Cummins V-8 allows the towing limit of 12, 710 pounds in the most capable configuration while the crew cab versions are limited to 11, 960 pounds.
The truck can be had with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive is standard on the off-road ready Pro-4X trim. This version gets also upgraded Bilstein shocks, two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, all-terrain tires, skid plates and hill descent control to provide the all-terrain capability.
2020 Nissan Titan XD: Release, Price
Nissan hasn’t confirmed when the refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan XD and light-duty Titan will debut. The models should appear by the end of the year. The company hasn’t also commented on the price of updated models. There should not be significant price corrections.
The base Nissan Titan XD starts from $32, 990 for the 2019 model year. The off-road focused PRO-4X is in the high-$40, 000 range and the top-spec XD version goes above $50, 000.