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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While the unbecoming steering wheel controls remain, the truck has replaced the Titan's outdated infotainment set up and given the truck an available 9-inch infotainment touch screen display with gloss black surround, which upgrades the look significantly.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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Nissan has name pothumously named Jamie Schou a TITAN of the Community.

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In 2012, 33-year old Jamie Schou was living in Truckee, California, spending time outdoors, working as a realtor, and driving around in his beloved 2006 Nissan Titan. To the casual observer, he was the picture of health.

That March he found a lump in his back. It was diagnosed as synovial sarcoma, a cancer that primarily affects young adults near their joints. It's rare – each year one to three people per 1 million are diagnosed.

The 6'8" former collegiate rower was not about to let cancer stop him from the things he loved the most.

Schou grew up three hours southwest of Truckee in Mill Valley, California, the oldest of four siblings. He loved exploring the nearby mountains with his three younger sisters – Katie, Caroline, and Margot. After graduating, he moved back to his home state, and soon purchased a 2006 Nissan Titan.

Jamie Schou Jamie Schou with sisters (from left to right) Margot, Katie and Caroline.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

"I have so many memories of Jamie showing up with this truck, piling in a bunch of our friends and heading to the hill or the trail," said his sister Katie Schou. "Every time I or anyone saw this truck roll up, you knew – Jamie's here! And it'd make you so excited."

Schou and his truck were there during the less enjoyable parts of life too.

"Any time anybody needed help with a move – help with anything – Jamie would show up with this truck," Katie reminisced. "He was always there to help at the drop of a hat. Jamie and his truck were there not only for adventures, but life changes. The truck was always part of it."

2006 Nissan Titan Jamie Schou Jamie's 2006 Nissan Titan has over 200,000 miles on it.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

This was the case for Schou himself. After his diagnosis, Schou began treatment at Stanford University Medical Center. He did not allow cancer to slow him down – he faced the disease head-on and continued his outdoor pursuits. Driving his trusty Titan around the state, Schou climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, went skydiving, and skied Mt. Lassen.

Despite his supportive family and friends, Schou began feeling isolated, Katie explained. Most other young adults were figuring out careers and relationships, not fighting cancer.

Schou channeled his desire for a like-minded community and his love of the outdoors into creating a clothing brand, Send It, and a nonprofit, The Send It Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from the clothing brand benefit the foundation. The clothing brand and foundation both embody Schou's desire to live life full throttle.

The Send It Foundation Caroline Schou (front) grabs a photo with the Send It Surf & Ride group on the final night of the program.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The foundation allows young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 21-40) to experience deep friendships and fun outdoor adventures away from the daily grind of life with cancer. Through the foundation, young adult cancer fighters and survivors enjoy the great outdoors through a sport such as skiing or surfing and bond with others who have gone through similar experiences. To this day, Schou's Titan is used to help transport participants and gear on these trips. Schou's three sisters are all involved with the foundation.

May 2019 Send It Surf & Ride participant Alexandra Fine, who survived Hodgkin's lymphoma, says, "Nothing you say here surprises anybody. You can just be open and honest and be yourself, and I think that's important for everybody."

Tragically, Jamie passed away, at age 35, in July 2014. The Schou family kept Jamie's Titan and continued using it for Send It trips, but by summer 2018, the 12-year-old truck needed expensive repairs. The family had an emotional decision to make. One of their last tangible attachments to their son and brother needed to be either sold or fixed.

In the midst of making their decision, in September 2018, Katie met employees from Nissan North America at an outdoor lifestyle trade show. Katie mentioned the story of her brother and the "Send It Titan" to the Nissan team.


Katie Schou 2006 Nissan Titan Send It Foundation Katie Schou still uses Jamie's Titan for foundation business.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

That month, Nissan had announced its Calling All Titans campaign, which "celebrate[s] people using their trucks to help those around them". Jamie's mission fit the spirit of the campaign, and as a way to honor the legacy of this titan of his community, Nissan elected to assist the Schou family in keeping Jamie's Titan road-worthy, ensuring Jamie's legacy and mission are able to continue many more years and miles.

The Send It Foundation has served 150 cancer survivors and completed 31 programs in the last four years. Schou himself summed it up best in a journal entry written before his passing:

"Send It was formed by my story and my joys, but I hope the future is written by all that choose to wear it, share it, and find experiences from it. The terrors of this diseases have provided me with the wonderful opportunity and desire to create something greater that I know will benefit so many! I leave it in your hands."

The Jeep Gladiator may be a little over-engineered but that just makes it more fun.

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The Jeep Gladiator is the automaker's new truck. The company admits that the truck is a bit over-engineered, making it capable of tackling the tough terrain a Wrangler can scramble over, but at the same time delivering a comfortable ride with room in the bed for the results of a trip to Home Depot.

This slideshow covers the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mopar, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and various details of the interior.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

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They can tackle farm land and rough rocky hills.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Interior

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Leather-appointed seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition

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This model first became available to celebrate the Gladiator's launch.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland

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The Jeep Gladiator Overland starts at $40,395.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon starts at $43,545.