With new editions of the Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder having been introduced within the last three years, the all-new second-generation Armada becomes the last SUV from Nissan to get an update. It debuts at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The 2017 Armada still utilizes body-on-frame construction but comes with new sheetmetal and a new powertrain. The sole engine offered will be a new 5.6L Endurance® V8 good for 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque (the previous 5.6L in the Armada was rated at 317 hp and 385 lb-ft). The company claims acceleration will be among the best in the segment while getting improved fuel economy, thanks in part to a new 7-speed transmission, which replaces the outgoing 5-speed.
The new Armada comes in three trim levels – SV, SL, and the range-topping Platinum. In addition to available 4WD, four option packages will be offered. On the SV, the Driver Package adds fog lights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power 60/40 third row seating, power liftgate and trailer towing harness with pre-wire connector for a brake controller. Step up to the SL trim and you can get the pragmatically named Moonroof Package, which includes a power moonroof (standard on the Platinum). Also available on the SL will be the Technology Package, which includes a plethora of driver safety aids such as forward collision warning and blind spot detection, among others. Opt for the Platinum trim and you can get the Captain’s Chairs Package… we’ll let you guess what that gets you.
For those who like to take up to eight passengers off the beaten path, Nissan’s All-Mode 4-wheel drive system will be optional, allowing drivers to select between auto, 2WD, 4H, and 4L modes. Armadas equipped with the system will come with an electronically controlled part-time transfer case and a 3.35:1 4L gear ratio. Putting down the grip will be 18-inch all-seasons, found on the SV trim level, or 20-inchers on the SL and Platinum trim levels (does anybody remember when dubs were aftermarket items?). Properly equipped Armadas will have a max towing rating of 8,500 lbs.
Pricing has yet to be announced. Look for the new Armada to arrive this summer. Check out the Everything You Ever Wanted to Know video below.