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2017 Nissan Armada, designed for full-size adventures

Edward Green |
New generation of Nissan's flagship SUV completes total transformation of Nissan SUV/crossover lineup in past three years.

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As the largest and most powerful vehicle in the portfolio, Armada earns its flagship status by every measure – whether performance, refinement, advanced technology and even heritage. Unlike the original Armada, which was based on the Nissan Titan full-size pickup, the new-generation design traces back to one of Nissan's most beloved global vehicles, the Patrol.

Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 and new 7-speed automatic transmission, a full-feature cabin and class-exclusive safety and security features. And there are a lot of them: Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

The new Armada continues the nameplate's reputation for value and choice, offering a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations. In addition, the 2017 Armada offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose audio system.

Like the first-generation Armada, the 2017 model features rugged body-on-frame construction, including the ability to tow up to 8,500 pounds. For example, the side rails of the fully boxed ladder frame have been expanded from 60-millimeter width to 100-millimeter in key areas. The all-new body design offers a 20 percent increase in twisted body stiffness, helping enhance handling and ride comfort. Seven exterior colors are available: Hermosa Blue, Mocha Almond, Forged Copper, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Brilliant Silver and premium, three-coat Pearl White.

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