Nissan unveiled their new flagship SUV in Chicago this evening, with several hundred media in attendance. The new Armada builds on the capable history of the Armada nameplate, and offers evolutionary refinements, including an updated V8 engine designed for both acceleration and fuel economy. Unlike the original Armada, which was based on the Nissan Titan full-size pickup, the new-generation design traces back to one of Nissan’s most beloved global vehicles, the rugged “Patrol” SUV.
“The Nissan Patrol nameplate goes back to 1951 and its reputation as a global workhorse is unparalleled – whether as a frequent support vehicle to the United Nations’ peace keeping efforts or as a three-time class winner of the Paris-Dakar Rally,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “While the new Armada is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada owners will benefit from its underpinnings as a strong, durable and authentic full-size SUV with ruggedness to spare.”
Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 and new 7-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Armada features traditional SUV body-on-frame construction, providing a balance of strength, durability and utility – including the ability to tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.
“While most SUVs and crossovers have moved to a sedan-like unibody construction, when you want to tackle big adventures with big groups of family and friends, there’s no substitute for a sturdy steel frame,” explained Bunce. The new-generation Armada offers a number of enhancements over the previous design. For example, the side rails of the fully boxed ladder frame have been expanded from 60-millimeter width to 100-millimeter in key areas. The all-new body design offers a 20 percent increase in twisted body stiffness, helping enhance handling and ride comfort.
Inside, the Armada features a comfortable cabin and class-exclusive optional safety and security features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and a bird’s-eye Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. The new Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations. In addition, the 2017 Armada offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose audio system.