The second-generation Nissan Titan has been given a facelift in the United States for the 2020 model year (MY2020), which sees a refreshed design, updated mechanicals and a revised list of available equipment. At launch, the Titan will be offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations as well as five grade levels – S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve.

All options are powered by a VK56VD 5.6 litre naturally-aspirated, direct-injection petrol V8 that has been retuned to now produce 400 hp and 560 Nm of torque, or 10 hp and 26 Nm more than before. The uprated engine also gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission (previously a seven-speed unit) with a short final drive ratio of 3.692:1 instead of the prior 2.94:1 setup.

According to Nissan, this cuts almost a second off the pre-facelift model’s 80-113 km/h (50-70 mph) acceleration time, while also providing better range coverage for optimal power on standing starts and at cruising speeds. Customers will also have the option of rear- (4×2) and four-wheel (4×4) drive, the latter with a transfer case to help distribute torque accordingly.

In terms of styling, Nissan followed the theme of “Powerful Warrior,” slapping on a more prominent grille at the front, which is available in three different designs. The carmaker says the new grille design is meant to “convey strength, boldness and precision while enhancing cooling performance for the 5.6 litre V8 engine.”

Joining the new grille are redesigned headlamps with “double boomerang” LED daytime running lights (on higher-end grades) that provide 120% more light output in low beam than before, while further down, the lower apron also gets some tweaking. Other updated exterior items include the fog lamps, LED taillights, new tailgate finishes, LED flatbed lighting, several new wheel designs and three new paint finishes.

Changes on the inside are more subtle, with new seat and trim materials for each grade level, enhanced interior storage and additional assist grips and a panoramic sunroof for Crew Cab models. There’s also a standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with an available nine-inch unit and 12-speaker Fender audio system.

Safety also sees a boost for MY2020, with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite now standard across the range. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Additional features are Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Traffic Sign Recognition.