Nissan is preparing its 2020 Titan full-size pickup with new front and rear styling ahead of an expected debut later this year.
Spy photographers spotted a prototype truck undergoing testing on public roads in Michigan. Camouflage surrounds new front and rear design language, but a look inside the cabin shows various interior upgrades are in the works.
Nissan launched the current-generation Titan for the 2017 model year to compete in the lucrative light-duty pickup segment against stalwarts like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. Compared with those trucks, the Titan lags in both rugged capability and interior quality.
The rear of the 2020 Nissan Titan being tested in Michigan is covered. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)
The truck seen by photographers hid its changes to the headlights, tail lights and front grille. The lower bumper grille appears the same as current models, as do the Titan’s general silhouette and body styling. However, the interior features an updated center console layout thanks to the removal of a CD slot and an upgraded infotainment screen. Where the current truck boasts a 5-inch or 7-inch screen, the 2020 Titan prototype appears fitted with an 8-inch unit.
A new look could breathe life into the automaker’s trailing sales. Nissan sold 9,700 units of the Titan and larger Titan XD in the first quarter of 2019, a drop of 24 percent compared with the same period in 2018. The numbers are far below those of Ford, General Motors and Ram, at more than 100,000 each, while the Tundra topped 25,000 vehicles sold.
Wraps cover the redesigned front and rear of a 2020 Nissan Titan being tested in Michigan. (All photos: Glenn Paulino/Trucks.com)
The interior of the 2020 Nissan Titan is getting a redesign.
The 2019 Nissan Titan comes with a standard 5.6-liter V8 engine making 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, brawny figures for a standard engine. However, the Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2019 Titan at 15 mpg in city driving, 21 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in combined driving. Competitors offer far more options with much higher fuel-economy ratings.
For 2020 the Titan could offer a 3.7-liter V6 as its base engine. Nissan also offers the larger Titan XD with the standard V8 engine or an optional 5-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 to increase maximum towing capacity and driving range.