Nicely redesigned Nissan Armada
For the 2009 model year the equipment previously included in the Armada LE Preferred Package and Armada LE Tow Package now comes standard on the Armada LE base model. The 2009 Armada also features new 20-inch Chrome Clad wheels on the Armada LE equipped with the Technology Package. A moonroof is now available with the Armada SE Driver’s Package and 2nd row Captain Chairs are available on all Armada LE packages.
The major revisions from the 2008 redesign carry over to the new year, including the refined front fascia, headlight and fog light designs, revised one-piece roof rack design, revised rear fascia, and new exterior color palette.
Armada also continues to offer an advanced, standard 5.6-liter V8 producing 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, with available Flexible Fuel Vehicle technology which allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an alternative fuel such as E85 (containing 85 percent renewable ethanol and 15 percent gasoline).
Armada's distinctive styling mixes modern cues with traditional ruggedness, with an aggressive front fascia, halogen headlights and fog lights, one-piece roof rack and available 20-inch aluminium-alloy wheels (LE model). With its wide stance, long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs, Armada combines stability, manoeuvrability and exceptional cargo room.
Additional exterior features include a large body-color grille (SE, chrome on LE), chrome front door handles, chrome dual power-adjustable heated side mirrors (with power folding, puddle lamps and integrated turn signal on LE models), side step rails, privacy glass for the 2nd and 3rd rows and rear tailgate (power tailgate optional on SE, standard on LE), separate tailgate opening glass and manual flip-out rear quarter windows (power-operated on LE models). All models are also offered with a standard rear bumper-mounted rear proximity sensor system (back-up obstacle warning). A front proximity sensor/sonar system is also available.
The 2009 Armada is offered in eight exterior colors: Desert Stone, Timberline, Blizzard, Galaxy Black, Silver Lightning, Smoke, Red Brawn and Majestic Blue.
Armada's interior is highly functional and ergonomic, without sacrificing style and ruggedness. In front, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and available 4-way adjustable front passenger’s seat provide comfort and luxury, and leather-appointed seats are available in the 1st and 2nd rows (standard LE, optional SE).
The third row occupants are placed higher than the 2nd row to facilitate easier conversation and better visibility for the occupants. Other luxury features include standard dual-zone climate control, rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, and AM/FM/6CD audio system with steering wheel controls and MP3 playback capability.
The list of new features is too long to be described here in full, so the best way is to check them all at your nearest Nissan dealer. ■