By Asian Journal Auto Editor
Nissan’s second-generation full-size Titan pick-up now has a mid-life cycle refresh for 2020. Changes include a bold beefy looking front end. The huge rectangular grille comes in a number of designs. There are big LED headlights and DRL’s. There is also a new tailgate insert with a big Titan logo stamped into it. It is a very distinctive looking truck, and Nissan have wisely not messed with it too much. The exterior also has restyled running boards, and new wheel designs, but the overall shape is the same. All Canadian issue Titans come equipped with standard four-wheel drive, and a fair amount of tech and safety features such as standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, and around view camera. All 2020 Canadian market Titans will be Crew Cabs with four full doors.
Under the hood is a revamped 5.6-litre Endurance V8 producing 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft.) Of torque – it is standard kit on all models. The Endurance V8’s has an extra 6 hp and 23 lb-ft. over the older V8 engine, and is best-in-class for both standard horsepower and standard torque, according to Nissan. Sadly the mighty 5.0 Cummings diesel engine option is gone due to emission standards, combined slow selling numbers. A new 9-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous 7-speed unit and is big improvement.
Canadian-destined Titans will be available in the larger Crew Cab version only with a 55.5 ft rear bed, and as standard 4×4.and arrive in four model choices: S, SV, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve. The regular Titan has a maximum payload and towing capacity rated at 739 kg and 4,241 kg (1,630 lb. and 9,350 lb.) respectively. There is also the larger Titan XD model, with a 37 cm longer length and a stretched 6.5-feet pickup bed, and a higher 1,111 kg / 4,935 kg (2,450 lb. / 10,800 lb.). Cargo and hauling capacity.
The Titans interior cabins also get a freshening up and revamp from the previous model, better plastics and a new dash are noticeable, so even the lower rung models don’t feel so utilitarian and basic anymore. The entry-level truck is still available with a cool bench seat. The cabin also features new designed upholstery and new instrument panel graphics. Top-tier Platinum Reserve trims offer plush wood and sumptuous leather – lined seats. We tested the sporty PRO-4X Model models that offers: rear roll bar with “Titan” design cut outs, blacked out trim, front skid plate, lava red tow hooks and 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. Special features in the PRO-4X interior include: branded, floor mats, seat designs, and wonderful orange contrast stitching. The Pro-4X trim includes a locking rear diff. and Bilstein shock absorbers.
The, interior redo offers a nice bright new touchscreen display, which is either 8 or 9-inches, depending on trim level, while a new reconfigurable screen between the speedometer and rev counter ahead of the driver offers more information. As standard is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. NissanConnect Services is also standard and offers over-the-air software updates, along with HD Traffic, Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required) and more. Larger versions of Nissan’s super-comfortable “zero gravity” seats are also supplied nd there are such niceties as a high [powered Fender audio system, as standard acoustic laminated glass and the availability of a dual-panoramic moonroof that Nissan say is one of the biggest in the segment. No semi – autonomous driving ProPilot on the 2020 Titan’s as yet , but Nissan’s excellent Safety Shield 360 suite is standard equipment with such equipment as vehicle dynamic control, blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking (front and rear), rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane-keeping assist.
On the road, the new Endurance V8 offers wonderfully impressive levels of power and torque. Acceleration is impressive, and although the V8 has a healthy burble, the cabin itself is hushed. The 9-speed automatic is also a revelation with its quick gears changes and seamless transitions. We took the PRO-4X to some mild trails and discovered the tuck makes pretty short work of muddy, slippery conditions, the standard electronic locking rear diff, and hill descent control, Bilstein shocks, and 18-inch all terrain tires all provide good control, and grip in the most tenacious surfaces. There is also Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Limited-Slip Differential, and the PRO-4X’s rear locking diff…
On the highway, the nine- speed transmission provides a better range of power dispersal. Fuel economy is rated at 13.2 L/100km combined. 15.1 city 11.2 Highway.
To sum up, the PRO-X4 version of the Nissan is a good looking full-size truck with real off road potential if that is your inclination. A wonderful, fun Truck that’s good for work and play. Highly recommended!
2020 Nissan PRO 4X Crew Cab MRSP $64,498. Price as tested with freight and PDE $66,313.