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The 2020 Nissan Titan Changes, Colors and Trims

Nissan has made changes and new adjustments to the 2020 Titan truck making it up to date in the very competitive pickup truck segment. I read Nisan's 2020 Titan press kit, drove the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab and here is what I saw.

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The 2020 Nissan Titan truck comes in nine exterior colors. Four of them are new colors. Before we list the new and already-existing colors it's important to note that the 2020 Titan's color availability is matched specifically to model grades. In this article we are also discussing what is new, what has changed from the previous generation of Titans and the trims of the 2020 model.

These following four colors are the new colors of the 2020 Nissan Titan.

  • Red Alert,
  • Super Black
  • Baja Storm
  • Cardinal Red Metallic (premium color).

The following five colors are the carryover colors from the previous generation Titan trucks.

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White TriCoat (premium color)
  • Glacier White
  • Deep Blue Pearl

The 2020 Nissan Titan Trim Levels

The 2020 TITAN is offered in 3 King Cab grades and 5 Crew Cab grades. They are available in both 4x2 and 4x4 drive. The off-road-oriented 2020 PRO-4X is 4x4 only. The 2020 TITAN XD is offered in Crew Cab 4x4 models and in a choice of 5 trim levels. In fact, speaking of the Titan XD, take a look at the 2016 Nissan Titan XD Cummins engine 2-Stage, 4-mode turbocharger explained.

I am test-driving the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve, which is Titan's top trim. One of the main characteristics of the Platinum Reserve trim is the premium leather-appointed seats. It has 20x8-inch dark chrome-like wheels. All the seats are heated. The driver and the front passenger seats are cooled as well. Special features like the Standard Trailer Sway Control and Trailer Brake Controller make towing heavy loads more stable. In turn, it decreases the burden on the driver.

Front dashboard of the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab

Just by looking at the interior of all the trim levels one can easily say that the 2020 Titan and the Titan XD are the most impressive and roomy titan models yet. The vehicle is tougher and more stylish. All of the trim levels come with 5 year, 100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty.

The 2020 Nissan Titan will be available in the spring of the 2020. The prices of each of these versions will be announced later.

2020 Nissan Titan Changes: What's New

Although it remains instantly recognizable, the Titan 2020 receives a variety of aesthetic changes, both outside and inside. At the front of the truck is a reworked radiator grille, available in three configurations, depending on the version chosen.

front grille of the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab

The first change, which really stands out in the 2020 Nissan Titan is its bold new design. In fact, it has its own name. The new 2020 Titan's exterior design is called "Powerful Warrior." The "Powerful Warrior" has a unique grille design and styling. This provides a higher degree of differentiation among Titan's trim levels.

As the name suggests it commands a powerful presence and emphasizes Titan's solid-beam construction. As I just mentioned above Nissan designers have come up with a solution that provides a new look and a higher degree of differentiation among the 2020 Titan's trim levels.

For example: The 2020 Titan SL grade has a distinctive bright chrome grille on its front. "The Platinum Reserve is more restrained with a satin chrome finish on the grille and the TITAN PRO-4X is the most dramatic with a black grille centered around the first-ever Nissan badge scripted in lava red. The lava red color accents continue on the tow hooks of the rugged PRO-4X," explains Nissan's 2020 press kit.

Headlights have new changes in them as well. Compared with the previous Titan design the new 2020 Titan's headlights produce about 120% more light. These powerful lights are standard on TITAN PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve grades and give the driver a much better view of the front and sides of the road. Fog lights are strenghtene in the 2020 Titan as well. it's another change from the previous generation Titan producing another extra 15 degrees of visibility on each side of the truck's front end.

Headlights of the the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab

Daytime running lights are new to the 2020 Nissan Titan and they are the largest ever made by Nissan and each putting out 800 lumens. These daytime running lights are standard on PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve grade levels.

The 2020 Titan's bed also has new all-LED lighting. The four light sources provide a full surround lighting. If you need to use the truck's bed at night, this feature is a great help. The tailgate has nice finished and the rear exterior also includes LED lights. The tailgate is customized according to the trim levels. Just as the grilles feature unique personalities for each trim, TITAN PRO-4X features a black finisher, while Platinum Reserve utilizes a satin chrome finisher. As a result each trim level of the 2020 Titan distinctly stands out.

There are other new changes as well. The wheel design is new, badging is new, the truck has new front bumpers as well as new fog lights.

The interior is totally refined as well. The leather seats, all-new integrated command center (infotainment), Standard Apple Carplay and Standard Android Auto provide first-class accomodations in addition to other interior refinements. For example the moon-roof is expansive and the touchscreen is huge.

infotainment touchscreen of the the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab

Speaking of the interior. Inside the 2020 Titan, the focus was is on connectivity, with an 8-inch central screen as standard equipment that can be replaced by a new 9-inch screen with very high resolution. Some new details have been added too, such as smartphone holder, the Fender 12-speaker audio system and the panoramic sunroof (optional) with two panels.

Finally, since safety is not just a question of cars, the Nissan Titan 2020 comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Rear of the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab2020 Nissan Titan Mechanical Specs

From a mechanical point of view, the 2020 Titan truck retains the same 5.6-liter Endurance engine as offered in 2019. But the power of that V8 engine is increased. With an increase of 10 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque, the V8 engine now reaches 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Transmission, for its part, wins two reports to now offer nine. Nissan believes that this new combination allows faster and smoother acceleration.

The 2020 Titan's transmission has upgrades too. The 2019 model was equipped with 7-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Titan is equipped with a new 9-speed transmission providing more torque at the wheels in a given gear and smoother and faster acceleration.

2020 Nissan Titan's Bed Size and Dimensions

The 2020 Nissan Titan Crew Cab's bed is 5.5-foot. The Titan King Cab's bed dimension is bigger reaching 6.5-foot. These hard beds have some key functional features such as four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that can lock anywhere along the walls.

In fact, one of the cool bed functions is that it comes with a 110V outlet in the bed. One thing that distinguishes the 2020 Titan's bed from other trucks is that the units are accessible from inside the bed without having to remove a camper top or tonneau cover.

The bed of the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab2020 Nissan Titan's Towing Capacity

If you do a lot of towing and hauling consider the 2020 Nissan XD. One thing that is great about the 2020 XD Titan is that the XD version offers the comfort of a light-duty truck with the towing capacity of a heavy duty truck. The 2020 XD Titan is 3 inch taller, 11.8 inches longer in wheelbase and 14.8 inches longer overall. The bed has a unique XD frame and its dimension is 6.5 foot. Nissan says the 2020 Titan XD can tow up to 11,000 lbs, which is 1,600 lbs more towing than other trims of titan. You can achieve 11,000 lbs towing if your XD is properly equipped. XD drivers can also haul up to 2,450 lbs.

Reviewing this truck I test drove the 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab. Since this truck is not yet available and MSRP is yet to be determined this truck was a prototype truck and not a production version. While it provides an impression of what the production vehicle will be like, it should not be regarded as representative of the final production Many details such as equipment and options, fit, finish and assembly quality may not be up to production standards.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.

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Andres (not verified)    December 26, 2019 - 6:15PM

One thing I want to see is a thorough video of the new infotainment system. That’s the only thing that would be enticing me to upgrade to the 2020 Titan from my 2018 model.

Andrew (not verified)    December 26, 2019 - 6:16PM

I would love to hear about how the new 9-speed transmission of the 2020 Nissan Titan and lower diff gearing compare to the 2017-2019. I am in the market now for a new truck.