Redesigned for 2017, the Patrol-based Armada comes as Nissan’s flagship SUV. This three-row vehicle is currently one of the most comfortable family haulers money can buy. With its mighty V8 powertrain and a slew of safety features, the Armada offers great value for money. Despite being fresh on the market, it seems that Nissan plans to further enhance this great SUV for 2018. Although it will retain its recognizable shape unchanged, expect the upcoming model to receive certain technological upgrades. Rumor has it that the 2018 Nissan Armada could arrive in the third quarter of 2017.
Design and Features
The second-generation Armada offers a rugged yet refined exterior styling. Its front fascia features a bold take on Nissan’s “V Motion” grille as well as standard LED headlights. The rear side also sports LED light clusters, while the front fenders get functional air intakes. Just like the previous model, the 2018 Nissan Armada will share the body-on-frame construction with its Infiniti QX80 sibling. To some extent, it is reminiscent of Range Rovers and their utilitarian yet luxurious design philosophy.
As for the interior, expect the 2018 Nissan Armada to offer an exceptionally comfortable space for up to eight passengers. The cabin comes in either charcoal or almond tones, with higher trims offering lush leather upholstery. The Armada also boasts excellent front seats and impressive front visibility. However, the third-row legroom and rear visibility could be better. A base SV model offers an 8-inch infotainment system with navigation, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, etc. Now, the Platinum Armada adds such features as intelligent cruise control, blind-spot detection, forward emergency braking, and a moonroof.
2018 Armada Engine Specs
The 2018 Nissan Armada will use the same V8 that powers its predecessor. Nissan’s big Endurance 5.6-liter unit generates 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will be able to choose between standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive setups. Unfortunately, the Armada’s thirsty engine delivers only 19 mpg for RWD models and 18 for AWD versions.
2018 Nissan Armada Price
Don’t expect the Nissan Armada 2018 to stray far from the ongoing model in terms of pricing figures. The entry-level model is likely to start just above $45,000, while adding AWD to any model will require extra $2,900. Its key rival include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.