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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While the unbecoming steering wheel controls remain, the truck has replaced the Titan's outdated infotainment set up and given the truck an available 9-inch infotainment touch screen display with gloss black surround, which upgrades the look significantly.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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The Hyundai Santa Cruz will debut next week but ahead of that, the design department is giving a closer look at the truck in a new video.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

We'll see the Hyundai Santa Cruz in full for the first time when it debuts on April 15 but ahead of time, Hyundai is setting the stage for expectations with the model. To help with that, the company released a video today featuring the truck's design manager discussing the inspiration for the utility vehicle.

The quick one-minute video is hosted by Brad Arnold, design manager at Hyundai North America. The Southern California native is the leader of the team that created the Santa Cruz, a project that began years ago. He's joined in the video by Senon Franco, the lead designer at Hyundai North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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As Arnold explains in the video, the design of the Santa Cruz started with a simple premise: "this is not a typical truck". Based on how Arnold describes the capabilities of the truck, that sounds true. It is meant to "thrive in dense urban environments and the open outdoors". One could argue that no full-size truck on the market today does that. Neither do most of the midsize models, though their sizing is better for that landscape.

Arnold says that the Santa Cruz is "small in size", a call that serves to remind viewers that the Santa Cruz isn't a big truck. It's more similar in size to the forthcoming Ford Maverick, a small truck that slots below the Ranger in Ford's lineup.

However, the company isn't even calling it a truck. The new model is being referred to as the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. This sounds a lot like how Kia is referring to the new generation of its Carnival minivan as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Arnold says that the design is meant to make the Santa Cruz not look like a truck. Rather, it's supposed to look "like a Santa Cruz". Part of that includes the front end, which looks like a carryover from the fascia of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Among the other secrets Hyundai is giving away ahead of the product's reveal is that there will be more than one "efficient" powertrain, a flexible bed, "cutting-edge" connectivity, and all-wheel drive.

Watch the video for yourself below.

Design Inspiration | 2022 Santa Cruz | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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The WarnerMediaRIDE App provides thousands of hours of streaming content to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

If there's one thing parents want, it's a way to keep kids from fighting in the car. Not only that, it has to work. Toyota and AT&T have teamed up to deliver just such a solution to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

When connected to AT&T in-car Wi-Fi, the WarnerMedia RIDE App allows Toyota and Lexus owners to connect up to five compatible devices to browse, stream and share content from the open road. Passengers can view a rotating selection of live and on-demand content, including thousands of hours of hit TV shows and movies from top channels and services such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, and TruTV, spanning animation, news and sports programming and more.

Owners of select 2020 model year and newer Toyota and Lexus vehicles are eligible for a complimentary Wi-Fi data plan trial for up to 90 days. Owners can activate their trial within the Toyota and Lexus owners app.

2021 Toyota Highlander Select Toyota vehicles will get the tech. Expect the Toyota Sienna to be one of them. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

"By working with AT&T to provide access to WarnerMedia RIDE, we are reimagining the in-vehicle entertainment experience and ensuring that passengers have access to their favorite content wherever the road may take them," said Steve Basra, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America, Connected Technologies. "We're also excited to offer additional enhancements within our customer app and to provide one resource for our customers to access their in-vehicle features."

"Customers are hungry for access to new experiences with integrated, everywhere connectivity. Our relationship with Toyota is helping us deliver more for our customers – whether they're on a long road trip or short commute," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T Business. "Since the launch of WarnerMedia RIDE, passengers are enjoying their favorite animated friends with 'Looney Tunes', 'Tom & Jerry', and 'The Jetsons' as some of our most watched content."

The WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers. The Toyota and Lexus Owner App download is available for iPhone or Android smartphones.

Toyota isn't the only company getting into the streaming game. Stellantis recently announced that select customers will be able to stream Amazon Prime TV programming in their new Jeep Wagoneers.

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