2017 Nissan Armada Changes and Release Date
The Nissan Armada made its debut on the US market back in 2003 for the 2004 model year. Since then, this full-size SUV has gone through several major and minor updates. Its exterior styling, technological features as well as safety systems have been enhanced on several occasions. However, the Armada’s quite poor fuel economy still remains its greatest flaw. Some reports suggest that the 2017 Nissan Armada will finally bring the much-needed fuel efficiency improvements.
The upcoming model will be based on the new-generation Nissan Titan pickup truck. The most advanced systems and features implemented in the new Titan will find their place inside the upcoming Nissan Armada as well. These changes were announced back in 2013 but the time has finally come to see them realized in the 2017 model. It is expected to make its debut during 2016 as the new-generation 2017 Nissan Armada.
2017 Nissan Armada Specs
The Armada, as a full-size, eight-seater SUV, offers one of the most comfortable passenger spaces on the market. Together with its impressive towing capacity of up to 9,000 lb, the rest of its features make it one of the top family-haulers money can buy. Thanks to its great infotainment system and other amenities, the Armada has proven itself as an exceptionally comfortable vehicle on longer journeys.
The current version is motivated by a 5.6-liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 engine that gives 317 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 385 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm. This unit is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission equipped with Tow/Haul Mode. The Model is available in SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum with Platinum Reserve Package trim levels. While the lower trim levels are offered with RWD, the upper trims get AWD as standard. The engine’s biggest downside is its unimpressive fuel economy. Namely, the RWD version is rated at 19 hwy/13 city mpg, while the AWD returns 18 hwy/12 city mpg.
We expect the 2017 Nissan Armada to bring some notable improvements as far as the full-size SUV segment is concerned. In that regard, the anticipated downsized engine should result in increased fuel economy figures. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the 2017 Armada will lose any of its previous capabilities. While the new Titan is announced to come with a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel unit, some believe that the next-generation Armada is due to adopt the same engine option.
A few years ago, Nissan announced the new generation of the Armada SUV to be offered as a hybrid model. However, any official confirmation of the hybrid-powered model is yet to be released. In case the 2017 Nissan Armada Hybrid does make its debut, it would make the Armada an even more appealing choice in this segment.
2017 Nissan Armada Price
The outgoing model with SV trim and RWD currently starts at $38,410. As for the range-topping Platinum with Platinum Reserve Package model, it costs just under $52,000. We expect the 2017 Nissan Armada to start with slightly higher $40,000.