• Blizzards Beware: Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept is Here


    Nissan has swung for the fences with its Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept. Beginning life as a 2018 Nissan Armada, the concept was lifted, beefed up and loaded with off-road tech before it debuts at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The 2018 Nissan Armada has a 390 horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 that makes 394 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to a 7-speed automatic transmission and is rated to tow up to 8.500 pounds, (when properly equipped). That should be more than adequate to tow a modified Nissan 370Z.

    Here are some of those upgrades:

    • The project build started with the installation of a complete suspension lift kit from
    • Pro Comp –giving additional clearance for the new 35-inch tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tires.
    • The new tires are mounted on 20×9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels with a Satin Black milled finish.
    • Smittybilt off-road bumper ith grille protector bar and winch mount with 12,000-poundcapacity winch.
    • Grille-mounted 5-inch LED round motorsports lights.
    • M-1A running boards/rock sliders were added to help prevent road debris damage, and to supplement the Armada’s large interior cargo space,
    • A one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof.
    • Inside, premium leather-wrapped front seats with pearl color surfaces and cement color perforated inserts, cobalt color wings, contrasting cobalt stitching and Armada Snow Patrol logoseatback inserts were added.
    • A custom body wrap by Icon Image Graphics, with special Armada Snow Patrol logo, was the final touch.“The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts – thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin – showing owners how easy it is to take their familyadventures to the next level even in some of winter’s most severe conditions,” said Hayes. “Wethink this vehicle is going to attract a lot of attention among visitors to the Chicago Auto Show.”

    The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept was built to pull the Nissan 370ki Concept on a trailer – which is a heavily modified 370Z that sports rear treads and front skis. They were both purpose-built to be displayed at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. While these concepts are fun to look at, it appears that both are completely functional and can actually handle snow. 

    “While the 2018 Armada drives like a luxury sedan, it has a long off-road heritage as the Nissan Patrol, a global expedition vehicle,” said Billy Hayes, division vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America, Inc. “As part of our celebration of winter at the Chicago Auto Show, we wanted to remind our growing family of Armada owners and enthusiasts that this full-size SUV stands ready to take you to the mountains, or at least safely through Chicago streets covered in lake effect snow.”

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    Hopefully, Nissan will give us the keys to the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept and let us play!

    … well, one can only hope – right?


    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    6 thoughts on “Blizzards Beware: Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept is Here

    1. Nissan has no intentions of selling bad arse 4x4s in the US. So what gives? First the Warrior and now this? Instead we get dated 4×4 packages and uni-body after letting the beleaguered Xterra die.

    2. Last time I really liked nissan styling they made the hardbody and the Pathfinder was an honest choice for back county exploring…

    3. A question about tires: wouldn’t the snow patrol be better in the snow with dedicated snow/ice tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak or Michlin X Ice tire rather than the Pro comp MT 2 off road tires? Are the Pro Comps there because they look so “Bad Ass”?
      I see 4X4’s with monster tires here in the winter and usually they’ve skidded off the road into the borrow pit in the middle of the freeway.
      If I were rock climbing I would love those knobby tires. In fact I have a set of Mickey Thompson Baja Claws mounted up just for that opportunity but I would not dream of using them as snow tires. Am I wrong about this?

      1. That’s for damn sure- even short of a snow tire, any number of good modern AT tires would be better. 12 year olds that will ogle over this in McCormick Place next week don’t get that though.

    4. Tracks on a car or truck is just down right silly. Maybe in northern ak or Canada? As for the truck nothing really new stands out.

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