Nissan reveals 2020 Titan XD: Beefed up structure but same engine as Titan

Nissan 2020 Titan XD pulling trailer

On the heels of revealing the 2020 Titan and this lineup’s refreshed look, Nissan has now introduced the larger Titan XD and answered some lingering questions raised by the smaller truck’s introduction.

And while we do have answers, they’re not exactly reassuring—at least if you’re hoping the new strategy brings Nissan a bump in truck sales.

The big news for the 2020 Titan was supposed to be a new look for these trucks. Instead, most of the discussion around them has centered around Nissan’s decision to drop the Cummins diesel option available on the first-generation Titan XD due to a lack of demand. Unfortunately, there won’t be a second engine option filling its space on the new XD.

Every 2020 Titan and Titan XD, regardless of trim will be powered by a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine delivering 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.

Given that the XD’s reason for existence is that it blurs the line between light- and heavy-duty trucks, we imagined we’d see some kind of powertrain difference between the 2020 Titan and Titan XD. But that’s not the case.Given that the XD’s reason for existence is that it blurs the line between light- and heavy-duty trucks, we imagined we’d see some kind of powertrain difference between the 2020 Titan and Titan XD. But that’s not the case.

Where the new XD does differ from the 2020 Titan is its unique frame and chassis and a wheelbase of 151.6 inches—15 inches longer than the Titan.

Nissan says the truck is built on a fully-boxed, full-length ladder frame that has been reinforced and strengthened on the XD to allow it to tow larger loads than the Titan. What kind of larger loads? We don’t have the answer to that quite yet as Nissan has not provided a towing or payload chart yet.

However, a range of hitches are available for the XD and that includes a gooseneck hitch that is integrated into the frame of the truck. So at least fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailering is still a thing on these trucks even if they probably don’t have the engine to merit such a thing.

frnot of Nissan 2020 Titan XD pulling trailer

The XD also features a list of towing assistance features including an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, tow/haul mode with downhill speed control, and a trailer light check system that can be activated with the key fob.

The 5.7L V8 is paired with a new 9-speed automatic transmission and features a larger final gear ratio of 3.692:1, which Nissan says provides more torque at the wheels in a given gear and delivers smoother and faster acceleration.

Apart from the powertrain updates, the main changes for 2020 on the Titan are the new look and all the new technology features. You can read about those in our article from the new Titan’s initial reveal, here.

You can check out our video rundown on the 2020 Titan below, as well as more photos of the XD.

TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint.TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint. TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint.TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint. TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint.TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint. TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint.TITAN XD Platinum Reserve models feature a number of premium touches on the exterior, including Platinum Reserve badging, dark painted and machined clad wheels, satin chrome grille, tailgate and fog lamp finisher, and two-tone paint. TITAN XD PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve models include a new Integrated Command Center with 9.0-inch touchscreen. Other Platinum Reserve interior touches include leather seats with Platinum Reserve branding, heated rear seats, leather steering wheel with wood insert, chrome accent trim pieces, and a leather wrapped center console lid with contrast stitching and Platinum Reserve logo.TITAN XD PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve models include a new Integrated Command Center with 9.0-inch touchscreen. Other Platinum Reserve interior touches include leather seats with Platinum Reserve branding, heated rear seats, leather steering wheel with wood insert, chrome accent trim pieces, and a leather wrapped center console lid with contrast stitching and Platinum Reserve logo.

2020 Nissan Titan XD Pro 4x

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