The recent 2016 Chicago Auto Show was the ideal place to announce several important models that are about to come really soon. One of them was the important renovation of the 2017 Armada. After more than a decade, Nissan decided to refresh the same old SUV and make it a proper model for these modern times.
As we can all notice, this revamped 2017 Armada is based on the actual Patrol model, which is something to be grateful for. While the designed changed, the dimensions are also different as well. Now the Armada is smaller by 2.1 inches in the wheelbase. In other matters, it’s bigger instead. The length goes up to 208.9 inches, while the width increased by 0.6 inches, being almost imperceptible.
But beyond this changes, we are going to enjoy a more handsome and good-looking Armada the upcoming year. Most people appreciate the update after so many time. At Up and Coming Cars, we think that the update was necessary but still, the older model was more aggressive and interesting than this one. Time will tell.
Let’s take a further look of the updated 2017 Armada.
Powertrain and Specs
This successful Asian car maker is executing important changes into the lineup, being the 2017 Armada one of the priorities after so many time. First, this revamped SUV is getting an Endurance 5.6 L V8 powerplant, which is also present on the all-mighty Titan. This engine is totally capable of producing up to 390 hp and a maximum torque of 401 lb-ft. The new numbers exposed represents a notorious boost from the previous power output, which was rated at 317 hp and 385 lb-ft.
Along with this amazing engine, we are getting a 7-speed automatic transmission. Notice that all-wheel-drive comes optional. According to the car maker, the revamped Armada features an important increase of 20 percent in torsion rigidity, enhancing handling and performance. The new four-corner control-arm suspension also plays a key role in terms of optimum handling. Plus, you must know that with a curb weight between of 5600 and 6000 lb, Nissan claims that the new Armada enjoys a towing capacity of 8500 lb.
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Design, Comfort and Configuration
In terms of design, the first thing we notice about the 2017 Armada is its close relationship with the Patrol. The LED low beams and halogen high beams for the front headlights are an appropriate update in terms of lighting. Also, chrome detailing is abundant all over the exterior design, as usual for Nissan models.
The three trims available will offer a wide array of features and convenience items for each type of user. First, the SV base trim will feature a 13-speaker Bose sound setup, push-button engine start, navigation, rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, a second-row curtain, heated front seats, and cloth upholstery.
Then, the SL variant will offer 20-inch wheels with painted finish, fog lamps, power liftgate, remote starting of the engine, and leather upholstery. Finally, the most expensive trim, the Platinum, delivers as standard 7-inch rear entertaining screens, machined 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, backup-collision assist, predictive forward collision assist, heated second-row seats, moonroof, adaptive cruise control, emergency auto-braking, and blind-spot warning.
Of course, at the moment of setting the unit and paying for it, several other convenience items could be available. Often, some of the features that come as standard on the upper trims could be available as optional for the cheaper variants.
The Bottom Line for the new Armada
The 2017 Armada is featuring the new face of the solid SUV, offering modernity and cutting-edge features. Nissan is launching it to compete directly with the Toyota Land Cruiser, so expect good off-road performance.
This summer will be the time to hit the market, but despite its official announcement during the auto show, we are not getting any price tag.