The pickup trucks continue to be in focus since the introduction of three all-new light-duty models in early 2018 while the 2020 model year will bring the redesigned heavy-duty utes. Detroit based truck makers are leading the game in the industry with a huge number of sold units but there are more options worth looking. Nissan Titan is another example of the powerful and versatile light-duty truck and the brand has also the XD version of this model with the size and capability that slots between the light-duty and heavy-duty segments.
Nissan redesigned the appealing Titan for the 2017 model year while the 2019 version brought the smartphone compatibility features and new sound system. The truck lacks, however, active safety systems available in the increasing number of trucks and offers also fewer powertrain options than the class leaders. Nissan could soon address some of the issues and the 2020 Nissan Titan could bring some worthy upgrades.
It is still unofficial what will be the upgrades of the next Titan version as Nissan remains mum about its plan but the recent reports suggest some possibilities. The brand promised the V-6 engine version for the Titan model and the same engine should also power the redesigned mid-size Frontier. Nissan hasn’t revealed the launch date of the new engine but the sources indicate it could arrive in time for the 2020 version. Further upgrades should include some visual tweaks and the new safety systems could also appear.
2020 Nissan Titan: Powertrains
The recently redesigned GM’s twins and up-to-date Ford F-150 comes with a diverse range of engine options including turbocharged, four-, six- and eight-cylinder units. The current Nissan Titan has a single V-8 engine in the equipment list but Nissan promised to expand the offer with the new V-6 unit.
The 2020 Nissan Titan could gain the new six-cylinder power as the reports suggest but Nissan hasn’t yet confirmed the release date or the specs of the engine. The talks in the industry suggest the 3.5-liter V-6 unit from the Pathfinder SUV. Under the hood of the Pathfinder this engine makes 284 hp and torque of 259 lb-ft. If this proofs to be true, the same engine should find the way to the next generation, mid-size Frontier.
The new Titan will, on the other hand, return with the 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 engine and 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 390 hp and torque of 395 pound-feet. The firm will also offer the PRO 4X variant with the Bilstein shocks and locking differential for the off-road duties. A 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine will remain the option on the Titian XD version. With the current V-8 engine, the Titan can tow up to 9, 700 pounds which also puts it below the class leaders.
2020 Nissan Titan: Design
Nissan will return the 2020 Nissan Titan with a number of cab styles bed options and sources indicate possible styling changes. The Titian is a relatively new truck with the latest iteration arrived for the 2017 model year but the life cycle in this popular market is now shorter.
The Nissan Titian hasn’t been spotted testing in the disguised form and we don’t have proof that mid-cycle update will occur for the 2020 model year. The reports claim some visual changes on the front and rear sections of the truck. Like every mid-update, Nissan will reportedly refresh the grille and lighting units while won’t make changes on the truck’s sheet metal. The model will arrive on the 18-inch wheels in the base form and offer larger wheel options in upper grades with the 20-inch design as the largest.
Inside the cabin there won’t be major changes and the truck should keep everything in the place as it is now. Nissan upgraded the infotainment system of the truck for the 2019 version and the model will provide Apple Car Play and Android auto functions in every version.
The new model will arrive with the cloth upholstery, air conditioning, six speakers and a 7-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect system in the base version. The upper grades will add chrome exterior pieces, dual zone climate control, navigation, upgraded upholstery and sound system, etc. The truck will also include the blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert. The current version is missing adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency control and active lane control but we don’t proof yet that Nissan will add them to the next version.
2020 Nissan Titan: Arrival, Price
The 2020 Nissan Titan is expected in late 2019. It will be cheaper but capable alternative to the recently redesigned light-duty models and best-selling F-150. The price could increase slightly if the reported upgrades appear with the next version.