2016 Chicago: The 2017 Nissan Armada arrives as a slightly more affordable Infiniti QX80 w/ video

The first generation Nissan Armada has been with us for over 10 years and thus, it’s way overdue for a replacement. But speak of the devil, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is happening, and guess what Nissan just revealed?

Meet the new, second generation 2017 Nissan Armada. And if you were wondering whether or not if it’s a “lesser” version of the Infiniti QX80, you’d actually be correct. That’s because they’re essentially the same truck, minus a long laundry list of changes. It’s also no different than the full-size Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 duo.

The new 2017 Nissan Armada comes with a range of modifications to help separate itself from the more expensive Infiniti version. This includes a Nissan-esque front-end that’s modeled after the latest Titan.

It will be made available in a range of trim and packaging lines, including a new top-spec Platinum version, which equips pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. Standard affair includes heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a rear entertainment system with two seven-inch displays, so there’s no fights over who watches what in the back, and premium audio.

Power is still provided by Nissan’s tried, tested, and true 5.6L V8 with 390hp and 401 lb-ft of twist. It’s mated strictly to a seven-speed automatic with optional four-wheel drive.

Now, this might seem like another clumsy-mumsy SUV wagon for the US, but unlike the first generation of both the Nissan Armada and the Infiniti QX56, the new second generations are both based on the worldly Nissan Patrol. This gives it a lot of off-road prowess similarly to the Toyota Land Cruiser. So don’t underestimate what the new Armada is likely capable of.

Check out the press release below.


2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV makes world debut at Chicago Auto Show

  • Designed for full-size family adventures, the 2017 Armada offers new exterior and interior designs, along with enhanced performance from new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 and 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Features class-exclusive* available safety and security features, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Backup Collision Intervention and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
  • The new generation of Nissan’s flagship SUV is due to arrive in summer 2016
  • Will be on display at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Feb. 13th through 21st

CHICAGO – Nissan debuted the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV this evening prior to its upcoming appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in North America. Nissan is also displaying a trio of “Winter Warriors,” custom-built Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue models equipped with special snow tracks in place of their wheels and tires.

The new Armada features a fresh exterior design, a comfortable full-feature cabin, enhanced performance and an extensive list of available safety and convenience features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW).

“With the introduction of the all-new, second-generation Armada full-size SUV, the last piece of Nissan’s transformation of its SUV and crossover lineup falls into place following the recent makeovers of our Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue models,” said Phil O’Connor, Director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re particularly proud that with this new Armada we’re setting a new standard in class, offering advanced safety and security features usually reserved for much higher priced luxury sedans or premium SUVs.”

The 2017 Nissan Armada
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 (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose® audio system.

The all-new Armada is built on the heritage of the Nissan Patrol, which has been a workhorse for the world for many decades. While it is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada remains true to its roots as a strong, durable and authentic full-size, 8-passenger SUV. As part of its adventure-ready spirit, the new Armada offers standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped).

Armada’s redesigned body features an aggressive stance with bold V-motion front grille and standard LED low-beam headlights and signature LED Daytime Running Lights – maintaining the previous generation’s rugged, athletic image but with added contemporary style. In the rear, bold combination lights include LED taillights.

Inside, the 2017 Armada combines style, roominess and premium interior comfort – including special emphasis on quietness and quick interior cooling and heating. “Library level” interior noise levels (at idle) are achieved through the use of acoustic glass on the windshield and the front side windows, as well as through expanded use (versus the previous generation) of sound absorption materials.

The new Endurance V8, while maintaining the same 5.6-liter displacement as its predecessor, offers an increase in horsepower to 390 from the previous 317, thanks in part to the addition of several advanced technologies – including new Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) and advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) systems. Also new is the advanced 7-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the previous 5-speed automatic.

Nissan Winter Warriors
Also expected to attract enthusiastic crowds to the Nissan display are the aggressive Winter Warriors. Created in celebration of the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan has given three of its popular crossovers a little competitive edge for winter driving – creating one-off versions of its popular Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue equipped with sets of heavy-duty snow tracks.

All three Nissan Winter Warriors feature custom heavy-duty track systems with custom matte-black finish frames. The snow tracks are 48 inches long, 30 inches high and 15 inches wide and replace the vehicles’ wheels and tires. The suspensions and wheel wells were modified to fit the snow tracks, but otherwise all drivetrain components, including the engines and Xtronic transmissions, are factory fresh. Nissan Design America (NDA) created a design theme for the identical, custom matte red-chrome body wraps featuring a unique “track” design and Nissan “Winter Warrior” signage. A range of Genuine Nissan Accessories are also fitted to the three Winter Warriors, including cargo area protectors, all-season floor mats, roof rail crossbars and rear bumper protectors. They also each feature 9×9-foot hatch tents for true hardcore winter camping enthusiasts.

Nissan SUV and crossovers have experienced record sales in recent years. In 2015, Murano sales increased 33 percent, while Rogue set an all-time record of more than 287,000 units – an increase of 44 percent. The sales momentum has continued in 2016 with a record-setting month for Pathfinder, Rogue and Murano, to the tune of 5 percent, 26 percent and 46 percent increases, respectively.

Public days for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, which is held at McCormick Place, are February 13-21. For photography and additional information about the 2017 Nissan Armada and Nissan Winter Warriors, along with the complete lineup of 2016 Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanNews.com.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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