With rivals like Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon etc. the Nissan Armada is among the best options in this full-size SUV class. This model exploits body-on-frame construction and offers eight-passenger seating. It has comfortable nature and smooth V-8 engine. Its cabin feature high-quality design which beats most of its rival. The model is also well-equipped and has strong off-road capability. The next version of this model is 2018 Nissan Armada.
Armada entered to its second generation of its existence for the 2017 model year. With the redesign model got new styling, powertrain and safety features. Interior also moved upmarket with better materials and model added new safety features. To the 2018 model year this model will enter with no significant changes.
2018 Nissan Armada: Platform, Styling
The redesigned Armada rides on the same platform as the Infiniti QX80. On the other hand sheetmetal design comes from the global Patrol model. Aside from that new-generation Armada benefits from stiffer frame and thanks to that from better performance. It is also longer for 1.2 inches but sits on 2.1 shorter wheel base compared to previous generation. It is also 2.2 lower and 0.6 wider.
Styling-wise, the 2018 Nissan Armada will feature bold and macho look. Upfront will be bold V-motion grille and LED headlights. Daytime Running Lights will be standard and higher trims will bring fog lights. Profile side features subtly sculpted fenders and contrasting wheel flare cladding. There is also functional air vent on the front fenders and wagon like roof line.
Rear side has massive rear bumper and stylish taillights. Upright rear glass and some trim inserts also characterize its rear end styling.
Inside, the Armada will also feature upscale design. It has close resemblance with more luxurious QX8. Interior will benefit from high-quality soft-touch materials. There will also be attractive center stack with an 8-inch touchscreen and easy to use controls. Comfort will be guaranteed with well-contoured seats. Front seats will feature heating and six-way power functionalities as standard features.
The Aramda will come with standard features that include dual zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power lumbar, 18-inch wheels, etc. Tech-wise there will be an 8-inch infotainment interface, 13-speaker Bose system, navigation, satellite radio, etc.
Larger 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power steering wheel, sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated middle row, rear seat entertainment will be available in higher trims.
Safety equipment will cover rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, blind-zone monitoring, rear collision alert, lane departure warning, etc.
2018 Nissan Armada: Performance
The power for the 2018 Nissan Armada will come from the 5.6 liter V-8 engine. The engine was new for the 2017 model year. It features direct injection, variable valve timing and lift. Engine is good for 390 hp and torque of 394 pound-feet.
Standard is a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. As option comes all-wheel drive with low-range gearing. The model also features standard hill start assist, and limited-slip differential.
The fuel economy is 16 mpg with front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models will return 15 mpg. On the other hand towing capacity is up to 8, 500 pounds.
2018 Nissan Armada: Release date, Price
The 2018 Nissan Armada should hit markets in late 2017. Price range should have similar staring point from $44, 400.