The night before the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan unveiled
the upcoming 2017 Nissan Armada, a full-size sport utility
vehicle. The new Armada comes with sharper looks, a new
drive-train and rides on a new platform. It was a bit
perplexing to see Nissan unveil a full-size SUV in a market
where many automakers are focusing on the smaller crossovers.
To justify their move, Nissan claims there is still money to be
made from full-size SUVs and that the company needs a more
affordable SUV than the Infiniti QX80.
Unlike the outgoing model which was based on the Nissan
Titan pickup platform, the 2017 Nissan Armada will be based
on the Infiniti
QX80 Platform which sells as Nissan Patrol in other
2017 Nissan Armada Exterior
The 2017 Nissan Armada has adopted most of the Nissan Patrol
cues. The vehicle overall looks macho but soft touches adopted
from the QX80 are also visible. The Armada sports the gallant
V-Motion grille with a chrome accent. LED encrusted
projector-beam head lamps and LED DRLs are offered as standard
on all models. The platinum trim comes standard with fog
lights. Its taillights are redesigned and also feature LED
The vehicle also features functional air intakes in the front
fenders. The four fenders feature contrasting paint on its
wheel flares. Other features include a redesigned tailgate (a
power lift-gate is optional on SL and Platinum trims),
rain-sensing windshield wipers which feature a de-icing
function and Nissan’s 360% Around View Mirror which together
with a radar-based parking sensors help maneuver the vehicle.
The SUV stands on 18-inch wheels but there is an option for
either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels. Buyers will chose among 7
exterior colors which are Pearl White, Mocha Almond, Forged
Copper, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic and Hermosa Blue.
The vehicle has been enhanced to tackle the off-road terrain.
Under its body, it features underbody skid plates and
four-wheel independent suspension. It also features an optional
4WD with low-range gears which complement its break-over and
2017 Nissan Armada Interior
The Nissan Armada interior is ultramodern with high quality
materials and latest technological features all which are
neatly arranged. The cabin is more spacious and
comfortably accommodates 8 passengers in a 3-row seating
arrangement. All passengers will have plenty of head room,
legroom and shoulder room.
The Base S trim features heated front seats and a curtain vent
for rapid heating and cooling the rear part of the cabin,
push-button ignition, a standard navigation system, a rearview
camera as well as a 13-speaker Bose sound system. The mid SL
trim adds leather seats, a 60/40-split power folding rear bench
as well as remote engine start.
The top-of the-range Platinum trim on the other hand adds
heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a
moon-roof and two 7.0-inch rear entertainment screens mounted
on front seatbacks.
Adaptive cruise control, emergency auto braking , blind-spot
warning, predictive forward collision warning, rear collision
warning are offered as standard on the Platinum trim but as
options for the SL trim. Buyers also have a choice to order
second-row captain chairs which reduce seating capacity to 7
passengers. They also come with a removable second-row center
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the Armada is the same 5.6 L V-8 engine but
has been tweaked to produce more power. This is the same
engine found on the QX80. The engine has been revised and uses
direct injection which helps provide a better performance,
better fuel economy and cleaner emissions. The new engine
produces 390 hp @ 5200 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm.
This presents an increment of 73 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque
compared to the outgoing models.
The engine is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission
system that features Adaptive Shift Control as well as
Downshift Rev Matching which replaces the outgoing 5-speed
automatic system. The vehicle also features Nissan’s All-Mode
4WD system. The system has four settings which are Auto, 2WD,
4WD High range, and 4WD Low range.
Official EPA ratings are yet to be released but the automaker
estimates the numbers to match those of the Infiniti QX80 which
returns 14 mpg, 20 mpg and 16 mpg on city, highway and combined
Price and release date
During its debut at Chicago, Nissan remained tight lipped about
its price. However, due to the upgrades the model will likely
cost more than the outgoing Armada. Currently the Armada
has a base price of $ 38,510 with the top platinum trim
starting at $ 49,980.
Expect the 2017 Nissan Armada to have a starting price of
around $ 42,000 while the top Platinum trim could fetch as much
as $ 55,000 MSRP. New Nissan Armada 2017 should be in
showrooms in summer 2016.
Sequoia, Mazda CX-9
Tahoe will be the 2017 Nissan Armada’s biggest rivals.