Nissan unveils a “tighter” pickup strategy for 2020, as with a power boost, safety technologies and improved infotainment.
“For our 2020 Titan, we’re focusing our investment on a tighter lineup with emphasis on models like our popular PRO-4X,” said Tiago Castro, director, North American Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Nissan North America.
“By streamlining our Titan lineup, we can concentrate our engineering efforts on fewer versions and we can deliver more-advanced models,” Castro said, noting the new pickups provide “uncompromised” capability, technology, quality and safety.
The 2020 Titan lineup includes S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve, available in King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations (Single Cabs are no longer available).
Answering consumer demand for trucks with more differentiation in terms of appearance, Titan models receive different color offerings, three separate grille designs and five different wheel designs.
Following a “Powerful Warrior” styling theme, the design team gave the 2020 Titan a look that’s “more confident, exciting and connected than ever before,” says Castro. The front end is given a bold, high-tech appearance with a fresh-design interlocking frame grille and surround flanked by large LED headlights, “double boomerang” LED daytime running lights and restyled fog lights. “Those lights,” he adds, “are the brightest we have ever offered.”
Lighting also has been refreshed in the rear with new signature LED taillights and LED lighting added to the bed. The tailgate gets a visual punch with new finishers.
Enhanced natural lighting is a highlight for the cab, which is available with a “huge” new panoramic dual-panel moonroof. Measuring 3 feet square, it’s “one of the largest in the segment.”
The interior is redesigned with refreshed materials, and a “sense of crafted detailing and premium finishes.” Overall interior utility is “better than ever,” including a new cellphone holder/charging system, increased storage and more interior lighting.
Titan’s 7-inch programmable information display can be tailored to match driver preferences, and its new 8-inch touchscreen is the largest in its class. An Integrated Command Center with high-resolution 9-inch touchscreen is standard on PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. This command center is the gateway to Nissan’s enhanced next-generation connected services, including an internal Wi-Fi that can simultaneously connect six devices, the ability to show Google Street View and available concierge services.
“All of the best pieces of the previous Titan are still available,” Castro said, including the dynamic 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System, intelligent Around View Monitor, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Titan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 also is back, but it’s generating more power for the 2020 model year. “It’s the only light-duty pickup with 400 horsepower, standard (up from 390),” said Castro. “That’s standard horsepower, not a model upgrade, and it’s best in class . . . and “is now also rated 413 pound-feet of torque (up from 394), which is also best in class.”
Bolted to the 5.6-liter V-8 is a nine-speed automatic transmission with a larger final gear ratio, which replaces a seven-speed automatic. It delivers more torque to the wheels, and smoother and quicker acceleration. Nissan reports acceleration from 50 to 70 miles per hour has been improved “almost a full second.”
Castro also boasts Titan’s standard safety features with Nissan Safety Shield 360 included on all models. “Safety Shield 360 is the only system,” Castro says, “that provides both forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.”
“With the new Titan, you’re getting amazing content you won’t find anywhere else in the segment, all standard,” Castro said. “2020 is going to be a big year for Nissan, and big year for our truck lineup and a big year for Titan.”