2017 Nissan Armada debuts with 390 HP V8 and Downshift Rev Matching

The 2017 Nissan Armada is here to subdue asphalt and muddy roads alike

There's a new king ready to take the throne in Nissan's lineup: meet the 2017 Armada SUV.

Unlike the first-gen Armada, which shared platforms with the Titan pickup truck, new full-size SUV debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show imbued with DNA from the legendary Nissan Patrol. However, for the new generation Armada SUV, Nissan made sure clients get refreshed looks, loads of power as well as a comprehensive tech package.


We'll let the photo gallery tell the design story, so let's focus on what lies under the Armada's hood, namely the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 (later available for the Titan lineup). The unit delivers 390 HP at 5,200 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque available at 4,000 rpm overseen by a seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

The Armada uses Nissan's All-Mode 4×4 system split into four different modes – Auto, 2WD, 4H and 4LO. According to Nissan, the setup can redirect up to 50% of torque to the front wheels on demand, but officials added that the new Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped and also accommodate eight passengers on three rows of seats.

Up front, the standard configuration offers four-way power-adjustable bucket seats while the second and third rows consist of a 60/40 split-folding bench seat. If we are to take Nissan's word for it, soundproofing provides "library level" interior noise as the windshield and front side windows now use acoustic glass.

The technology package is a substantial one both in terms of entertainment and driver assistance features. There's a 13-speaker Bose sound system in charge of spicing the atmosphere inside the cabin, but family guys can add the DVD Family Entertainment System, which brings dual 7.0-inch head restraint DVD monitors, two USB ports, a remote controller and two wireless headphones.

Although prices for the 2017 Nissan Armada haven't surfaced yet, we can tell you that the SUV will go on sale this summer, when we'll probably have more info on the matter.