Redesigned 2017 Nissan Armada Revealed

This month at the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the fully redesigned 2017 Armada SUV. The latest model of the utility vehicle not only gets a modern new look, but also new safety technologies and a new V8 engine that delivers more horsepower than its predecessor.

The eight-passenger Armada retains its rugged truck-based, body-on-frame construction, which enables excellent off-road and towing performance. Outside of this, it changes in several ways, gaining an inch in length and flaunting new design elements like Nissan’s V-motion grille, a completely revised front fascia and arrowhead rear window glass. There’s more sound-deadening material in the SUV’s design as well, along with acoustic glass, creating a quieter and more serene cabin environment.

The powertrain is updated too, not only gaining a new 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 390 hp, but also a new seven-speed automatic transmission that supersedes the previous five-speed. Nissan says the 2017 Armada, known as the Patrol in other markets, will be able to tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped. Also aiding performance is the SUV’s new body design, which has a 20 percent boost in twisted body stiffness.

Another notable aspect of Armada’s redesign is the availability of new safety and driver-assist technologies, such as Blind Spot Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

Like the 2015 Armada, trim levels will continue to include the Armada SV, Armada SL and Armada Platinum; 2WD and 4WD are still available.

The new 2017 Nissan Armada is coming to the Phoenix area in mid-2016.

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