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Significantly refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan debuts at State Fair of Texas

Nissan has listened to its customers and is giving them what they asked for in the 2020 Nissan Titan. The truck, which debuted last week at the State Fair of Texas has redesigned front and rear fascias, a boatload of new tech, and bigger differentiation between trim levels.

At the front, the truck has three new grilles, featuring varying degrees of a fresh face and color scheme. All of them have a design that incorporates the Titan "T" logo into it while the Nissan name badge and surrounding take a less prominent space in the face. This is the first time a black Nissan logo has appeared on the front of a vehicle straight from of the manufacturer.

2020 Nissan Titan side The side profile of the 2020 Nissan Titan looks much the same as the 2019 model. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Freshly added signature boomerang headlamps help the Titan achieve a sleeker look in much the same way the Ram 1500's headlights do. The new lights project around 120 percent more low beam light than in the outgoing model and the newly available fog lights add an additional 15-degrees of visibility to the side of the truck.

Other new exterior elements include the front bumper, in-bed LED lighting, and wheel designs. The truck also will come in three new colors: Red Alert, Baja Storm, and Cardinal Red Metallic.

2020 Nissan Titan PRO_4X Nissan's old steering wheel has gotten a refresh with Titan PRO-4X badging front and center.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Titan is still powered by Nissan's 5.6-liter V8 engine, which achieves 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It's the most powerful standard engine in the full-size truck class. The engine is now paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which has been calibrated to move the truck from 50 to 70 mph nearly one second faster than the 2019 version.

While the unbecoming steering wheel controls remain, the truck has replaced the Titan's outdated infotainment set up and given the truck an available 9-inch infotainment touch screen display with gloss black surround, which upgrades the look significantly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Up to six devices can be connected to the available Wi-Fi router.

2020 Nissan Titan SL A 9-inch infotainment touch screen display is available.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

There's also new accelerometer technology, which replaces the truck's gyroscope for what the company says are more accurate degree of pitch and roll angles, and a panoramic dual-pane sunroof, which significantly brightens up the cabin.

Every 2020 Nissan Titan comes standard with Safety Shield 360, a suite of driver assist technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. A number of additional safety technologies are available.

The 2020 Nissan Titan will arrive at dealerships later this year. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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