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2017 Nissan Armada bows in Chicago

A new generation of Nissan’s full-size SUV arrives this summer when the 2017 Armada goes on sale. Unlike the previous model, which was based on Titan pickup mechanicals, the latest iteration will share a platform with the Infiniti QX80 and as a result will be built in Japan rather than at the Nissan assembly plant in Mississippi, which produces the Titan.

It also shares the look of the Nissan Patrol, which is the Japanese brand’s full-size SUV for its domestic and other global markets. The new Armada sports a muscular exterior design featuring Nissan’s signature V-motion chrome grille to match the power from its 5.6-liter V8. That engine delivers 390 horsepower and 401 lb ft of torque through a 7-speed automatic transmission to the rear axle in 2-wheel drive and to both ends of the vehicle when equipped with optional 4-wheel drive. When properly equipped, the Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Three trim levels

In addition to choice of 2- or 4-wheel drive, buyers can opt for one of three trim levels, SV, SL and Platinum. Standard features include navigation with traffic and weather, an 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

The new Armada now rides on a 121.1-inch wheelbase and measures 208.9 inches overall. It stands 79.9 inches wide and 75.8 inches tall. As in the previous Titan-based model, the construction remains body-on-frame with fully-boxed rails for added rigidity. The footprint of the new Armada is slightly longer (1.2-inches) on a wheelbase that is 2.1 inches shorter.

Space for eight

The 2017 Nissan Armada features a three-row cabin with accommodations for up to eight passengers—two front buckets with standard heating and cooling, a second row fold flat bench and a third row that stows beneath the floor for added cargo space. The rear two rows have a 60/40 split. Buyers can also opt for a 7-passenger layout that has second row captain’s chairs divided by a removable center console.

Base SV models have a cloth interior, while the SL and Platinum versions feature leather upholstery. All models are equipped with a dual-zone climate control system with second row vents.  The SL model adds remote start, a power-retractable third row, around-view monitor, power liftgate and 20-inch wheels and tires. The Platinum trim level includes those features along with a standard DVD family entertainment system with dual 7.0-inch screens on the backs of the front seat headrests, as well as two USB ports, two auxiliary jacks, two wireless headphones and a remove control. Nissan promises a “library level” of interior sound thanks to the extensive use of insulating materials and laminated glass on the windshield and front side windows.

Pricing for the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada will be announced closer to the summer on-sale date.


 

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