2017 Nissan Armada Unveiled at 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Are you ready to set sail? Nissan certainly hopes so as they unveiled their all-new SUV here at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show so get your sea-legs, matey and prepare to weigh anchor!

This full-size sport utility vehicle has been totally reworked for the 2017 model year serving as the brands flagship (ok, I’m done with the nautical references) and sits atop a fully-boxed ladder frame for all the ruggedness of a pickup truck. Compared to its predecessor, this structure is 20% stiffer, which is due in large part to larger cross-sections.

That sturdier foundation lets this eight-passenger SUV to tow and impressive 8,500 pounds.
That sturdier foundation lets this eight-passenger SUV to tow and impressive 8,500 pounds.
When properly equipped that number applies to both two- and four-wheel-drive models.
When properly equipped that number applies to both two- and four-wheel-drive models.
Getting that much mass moving is a familiar 5.6-liter v8 engine. Like the rest of the 2017 Nissan Armada it too has been enhanced for the new model year.
Getting that much mass moving is a familiar 5.6-liter v8 engine. Like the rest of the 2017 Nissan Armada it too has been enhanced for the new model year.

It’s gained direct fuel injection, a higher compression ratio, new pistons, and Nissan’s new VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift system) technology. All told, it cranks out a substantial 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque.

That powerplant is matched to a seven-speed transmission and should deliver better fuel economy than before all while running on regular-grade gasoline.
That powerplant is matched to a seven-speed transmission and should deliver better fuel economy than before all while running on regular-grade gasoline.

Now if this drivetrain sounds familiar, it should because the 2017 Nissan Armada is essentially a rebranded version of the Infiniti QX80 which is itself a variant of the Nissan Patrol, one of the company’s global 4×4 all-terrain products.

Have you noticed the family resemblance yet? Check out that side-glass and of course that front fender side-vents which are actually functional air intakes.
Have you noticed the family resemblance yet? Check out that side-glass and of course that front fender side-vents which are actually functional air intakes.

But that’s not all! There are even more similarities. Wheelbase, width, overall length and height exactly match the Infiniti and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Emulating the luxury of the more expensive sibling, the Armada comes with a host of standard goodies including a navigation system with an 8" color display, heated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Emulating the luxury of the more expensive sibling, the Armada comes with a host of standard goodies including a navigation system with an 8″ color display, heated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Available extras include all the latest technological goodies like the adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention.

The 2017 Nissan Aramada will be available summer 2016 in three available trim packages and eight different exterior colors; Espresso Black, Magnetic Black, Pearl White, Midnight Garnet, Brilliant Silver, Java Metallic, Gun Metallic, and Arctic Blue Metallic.
The 2017 Nissan Aramada will be available summer 2016 in three available trim packages and eight different exterior colors; Espresso Black, Magnetic Black, Pearl White, Midnight Garnet, Brilliant Silver, Java Metallic, Gun Metallic, and Arctic Blue Metallic.

Nissan hasn’t released the price of the new Armada nor MPG yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. Numbers for the 2016 model are as follows:

SV
$38,510
SL
$43,600
SV 4WD
$43,810
SL 4WD
$46,500
Platinum
$49,880
Platinum 4WD
$52,780

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