Changes – and big ones – are afoot with the 2017 Nissan Armada, a huge family hauler and luxury off-roader that seats up to eight people.
The automaker’s ditched its old platform for a new one, redesigned it inside and out and brought in a new powertrain. The end result is an Armada that Nissan really need to build to make it competitive.
Here are the big things to know about Nissan’s three-ton V8-powered monster.
It’s built on a different platform.
So about that new platform. The 2017 Armada completely ditches its old Titan pickup-based platform. The second-generation SUV is based on the Nissan Patrol, a hugely-successful military truck sold outside the U.S. One result of the change is that the new Armada has a shorter wheelbase like that of the Patrol. The Patrol, by the way, also shares a platform with the Infiniti QX80, so you’ll see some resemblance in the looks department, as well.
It’s redesigned inside and out.
The Armada still features body-on-frame construction like the first generation model. But the new model looks tougher, with a more chiseled design than the old one. It adopts the Nissan’s new “V-motion” front grille. Vented scoops on the front fenders function as engine air intakes. LED low-beam headlights and taillights also come standard. Nissan redid the rear electronic liftgate and bumper, too.
Inside, Nissan says the new SUV is quieter than the outgoing model thanks to acoustic glass on the windshield and the front side windows. More sound absorption materials help, too.
You’ll be sitting in luxury as well, thanks to cues from the Infiniti QX80. We’re talking leather-powered heated seats along with a heated steering wheel, plus a standard 13-speaker Bose surround sound system.
A new engine gives you more horsepower and towing capacity.
The new Armada pumps up the power thanks to a new powertrain. A standard 5.6-liter V8 engine is good for 390 horses. That’s a jump up from 317-horses before. The new set-up is good for 394 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed transmission replaces the old 5-speed gearbox.
It’s also now available as both a 2- and 4-wheel drive. When properly equipped, it can tow 8,500 pounds. Even the rear-wheel drive version.
It’s priced from $45K.
The base SL model starts from $45,395, including destination and handling. There’s a middle of the road SL trim as well for $50,145. You’ll shell out $60,985 for the top-of-the-line Platinum AWD with all the trimmings.
The 2017 Armada is on sale now.
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