Nissan is confirming our earlier suspicions. The automaker unveiled a newly upgraded 2017 Nissan Armada this week at the Chicago Auto Show. Nissan calls it a whole new level of family-size fun with new exterior and interior designs. It also gets a performance upgrade.
The new exterior uses a “V-motion” front grille. LED low-beam headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights come standard. The rear gets LED taillights as well. Nissan says that it remains ready for family adventures with its full eight-passenger seating and up to 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. The side rails are now almost 4-inches wide instead of the last models 2.4-inches.
Nissan says the new Armada offers luxury safety features that are normally only seen on much higher priced luxury sedans and SUVs. It is basically a main market version of the Infiniti QX80. Overseas it is being sold as the Nissan Patrol. Also of note, this model will no longer share parts with the Nissan Titan.
Inside things get improved to what the automaker calls a “library level” of quietness. However it does make the disclaimer this is while “at idle.” We figure that level of quietness is so the kids can fill it with their own kind of road noise and I’m-still-not-touching-yous. The quietness comes from acoustic glass on the windshield and the front side windows. The new model also makes use of more sound absorption materials. Nissan says it also helps with heating and cooling efficiency.
Under the hood of this large SUV is a new Endurance V8 to go the distance. Like the previous model it uses a 5.6-liter engine, but it gets an increase in power to 390-horsepower compared to the last models 317. The power increase comes from new Direct Injection Gas and advanced Variable Valve Event and Lift systems. The five-speed automatic is also upgraded to a new 7-speed automatic transmission. Drivers get to pick between two- and four-wheel drive.
The new Armada offer three trim levels: SV, SL, and Platinum. Offered safety features include Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist, Lane departure Prevention, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, and Blind Spot Warning.
It is set to go on sale this summer. Just in time for an epic family road trip.