2017 Nissan Armada SUV Introduced in Chicago

By Paul Riegler on 10 February 2016
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CHICAGO—On the eve of the first press day of the Chicago Auto Show, the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada made its world debut at an event held in the windy city.

Introduced in 2003 as the Nissan Pathfinder Armada, a name that lasted one brief year, the new Armada is a little over 1” longer, offers more features, a quieter ride, and has been completely redesigned. It is slated to reach dealer showrooms this summer.

The new Armada, Nissan says, traces its heritage to Nissan Patrol, a large SUV first sold in 1951 that is used by numerous United Nations peacekeeping forces. It is built on a variant of the platform the Japanese automaker uses for the Infiniti QX80 SUV as well as the current Patrol, which isn’t sold in the United States.

The eight-passenger SUV is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine developing 390 horsepower, a significant increase from the 317 ponies produced by the engine in the previous generation Armada.

The 2017 Armada will be available in two- and four-wheel drive, and will come standard with numerous features including Nissan Navigation with traffic and weather information, an 8” color display in the center stack, heated front seats, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system. Available driver assistance technologies will include Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist, Lane Departure Prevention and Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Intervention and Blind Spot Warning.

Jonathan Spira contributed reporting to this story.

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