2018 Nissan Armada SUV adds smart LCD rearview mirror, price goes up

A minor nip and tuck to mark the 2018MY

The 2017 Nissan Armada landed last year in Chicago underpinned by a new platform, shedding the Titan architecture it used before. For the 2018MY, however, Nissan brought more tech for the king of its SUV lineup.

The main highlight is the introduction of what Nissan calls Intelligent Rear View Mirror or I-RVM.

Here's how it works: using a built-in LCD monitor activated through the push of a button, drivers can see what's happening behind the car without worrying that tall cargo or passengers could block the view. The video below provides a neat demo of how the system works:

Moreover, the technology will be available as a standard feature on the Armada Platinum model when Nissan's range-topper hits dealership in September.

Under the hood sits a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 making 390 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque channeled to the asphalt through a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Price-wise, the 2017 Nissan Armada starts at $44,900, but the 2018MY sees a $700 bump to $45,600. Of course, that only gets you the base Armada SV 2WD.

At the opposite end of the price list sits the Armada Platinum 4WD with a starting sticker of $61,590. Note that prices do not include the $1,195 handling and destination fee.

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