See anything familiar here? If you guessed “Infiniti QX80,” congratulations! The new 2017 Nissan Armada is not a redesigned vehicle. Instead, it is a lightly retouched Infiniti QX, which itself is a luxed-up version of Nissan’s global full-size SUV, the Patrol.
On the one hand, the 2017 Armada is great news for Nissan loyalists seeking a big family vehicle with lots of power. If the Infiniti QX80 is any indication, this Armada represents a huge step up in terms of style, sophistication, and refinement. On the other hand, it could certainly detract from the QX80’s appeal at a time when Infiniti does not need distracted customers.
Getting down to details, the new Nissan Armada debuting at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is equipped with a 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 engine, a 7-speed automatic transmission, and towing capacity of 8,500 pounds whether it’s equipped with rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel-drive. It will be offered in SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels when it goes on sale in the summer of 2016.
Featuring seating for eight passengers in three rows of seats, the Armada wears a familiar face, one blessedly free of Nissan’s recent move toward “energetic flow” design. Nissan did not announce cargo volumes, but based on numbers for the Infiniti QX80, the Armada measures up with a Chevrolet Tahoe.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights, running lights, and taillights, as well as an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, and a Bose premium audio system. Upgrades to quiet the Patrol for duty as an Infiniti are carried into the Armada, which Nissan says is “library quiet.”
Further details, including the base price, will be available closer to the Armada’s arrival in Nissan showrooms. For comparison, the outgoing Armada SV starts at less than $40,000, while the Infiniti QX80’s base price is just under $65,000. You don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to figure out that 2017 Nissan Armada pricing will span those figures.
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