Is this Australia’s Nissan Titan? Japanese Ram 1500 rival updated for 2020 as local launch firms

Nissan’s US-spec jumbo truck has just been updated, with the 2020 Titan fittingly unveiled at the Texas State Fair.

The 2020 updates give the Titan a new face, with a new grille and (and much brighter) headlight design headlining a new-look front end. 

Inside, the Titan’s “Command Centre” (a clever name for the multimedia setup) scores a new 9.0-inch touchscreen that’s both Apple Car Play and Android Auto equipped, and links to an internal Wi-Fi router. 

With Nissan’s diesel engine scrapped from the lineup, the Titan’s V8 petrol engine is the only option on offer, and in happy news, it’s more powerful than ever before.

The 5.6-litre Endurance V8 gets 400 horsepower (298kW) and 560Nm of torque. That grunt is fed through a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and can be shuffled to two or all four wheels, with 4WD models making use of Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, a Brake Limited-Slip Differential and a locking rear differential.

It is understood Nissan Australia has all but abandoned hope of getting a factory-delivered right-hand-drive truck Down Under, confirming to CarsGuide it was “more than likely” the truck would be converted from left-hand drive here in Australia, much like with the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado

“We’re working as fast as possible,” Nissan Australia boss Stephen Lester told us in August. “If we can make Titan specifically happen, it will more than likely happen with conversion. And we’ll have to go down that road of finding who can do that for us.”

Either way, Nissan says it wants the Titan in Australia “ASAP”, and so it’s highly likely you’re gazing upon the very jumbo truck that will make it Down Under.