The latest news has announced the brand new 2018 Nissan Armada. This model belongs to a full-size SUV segment and it could be considered as a good option for big families and off-road adventures too. It seats seven and provides an excellent space for all the passengers and their luggage. It is the most similar to the Infiniti QX80 with whom it shares body-on-frame architecture.
However, since the second generation of this model has been introduced last year, we cannot expect something major this time. It already has received a new styling and the ample choice of safety and infotainment systems. So, the 2018 Armada could only bring a few cosmetic changes and perhaps less thirsty engine. It towing capacity will be 8500 pounds.
The new Nissan will be offered in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. Its biggest rival on the market will be: Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon.
2018 Nissan Armada powertrain and performance
The 2018 Nissan Armada will use the same engine which powers its predecessor. This engine was been introduced in the last year`s model and it is relatively new. It is a 5.6-liter V-8 unit. This engine will be able to generate 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The new Armada will come with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. With rear-wheel drive system, fuel economy is estimated to be 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined. As for the acceleration, new Armada should reach 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, 2018 Nissan Armada features tough, muscular and attractive design. At first glance, we will notice the influence of the Infiniti QX80 design with softer lines. The front fascia features slightly refreshed V-shaped grille and massive LED headlamps. As well, the air intakes in the front fenders will be slightly larger. On the rear end, we will notice restyled taillights equipped with LED lighting too and a large bumper. Furthermore, the base model will ride on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The higher trims will get larger 20-inch wheels.
The interior of 2018 Nissan Armada is very roomy and able to place seven passengers in three rows of seats. Both, the second and the third rows are split folding. The cargo space is great as well. The cabin is comfortable and much quieter now because of the new acoustic glass which was firstly introduced in the current model. The dashboard will receive an 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation system.
As for the equipment, the base model will include satellite radio, heated front seats, Bose premium audio system with 13 speakers etc. The higher trim levels will feature leather upholstery, a sunroof, rear DVD entertainment with two screens, dual-zone climate control and so on. Armada will be provided with standard airbags, a rearview camera, blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control etc.
Release date and price of 2018 Nissan Armada
2018 Nissan Armada should be presented in the end of 2017. The starting price should be around $45,000 and will go up to $58,000 for the Platinum version.