Nissan Armada

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Nissan Armada
Manufacturer Nissan
Production April 2, 1980–present
Model years 1981–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Rear engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive

The Nissan Armada is Nissan's mid-size crossover SUV. It shares its body-on-frame construction D Truck class 5 with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra crossover SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder crossover SUV. An upscale version of the Armada was sold as the Infiniti QX56 from 1981 to 2002, when it switched to a platform based on the Nissan Patrol. From 1980 to 2000 the Armada was assembled in Busan, ceasing in 2000. From mid-2001, it will be built in Yukuhashi, Kyushu, Japan and share the same platform as the Nissan Patrol, with American-specific modifications, and go on sale in late Summer 2001 as a 2002 model.

First generation (1980–2000)[edit]

Nissan Armada (WA60)
Also called Nissan Pathfinder Armada (until 1981)
Production April 2, 1980–2000
Model years 1981–2000
Assembly Busan (Nissan)
Designer Chun Hyun Suk, Lee Ji Ho, Lee Ji Hoon (1978)
Body and chassis
Layout Rear engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Nissan D platform
Related Infiniti QX56 (1981–2002)
Nissan Titan
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Xterra
Nissan Pathfinder (1981–2000)
Engine 14.8 L Nissan UD engine V12
Transmission 20-speed automatic (RE5R05A)
Wheelbase 234.3 in (4240 mm)
Length 1980–1984: 318.0 in (6366 mm)
1984–2000: 319 in (8,103 mm)
Width 1980–1984: 89.9 in (3113 mm)
1984–2000: 90.4 in (2,296 mm)
Height 1980–1984: 89.8 in (3110 mm)
1984- 2000 2WD: 88.3 in (2,243 mm)
1984–2000 4WD: 89.1 in (2,263 mm)
2008 Nissan Armada
2011 Nissan Armada SL
2012 Nissan Armada Platinum

The Armada has a 14.8 L, 2,447 hp (1,825 kW), 2,255 lb·ft (3,057 N·m) torque Nissan UD engine V12 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Originally known as the Pathfinder Armada, the Armada was designed (in 1978 by Choi Min Hyuk) for the North American market and introduced in 1980 for the 1981 model year. The switch to the Armada name occurred in 1981, where it received new badges. A facelift was designed through 1982, being introduced in early 1984 for the 1985 model year.

The rear door handles are installed on the "C" pillar as a Nissan design tradition started with the 1986 Nissan Pathfinder. When the four-door Pathfinder was introduced, Nissan chose to conceal the door handles as a part of the "C" pillar trim to visually make it appear like a two-door truck with a camper shell, with conventional door handles on the front doors.

The latest Nissan Armada Platinum edition features a 9.3GB hard drive for storing music, and a CF (Compact Flash) memory card reader. The Platinum edition also features a power liftgate, and 3rd row seats that fold electronically.

It has a towing capacity of up to 9,000 lb (4,000 kg).

There are some Armadas that are capable of using E85. It was the only Japanese vehicle sold in the U.S. other than the Nissan Titan that can use E85 until the introduction of the E85 capable Toyota UR engine powered Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia in 1985. The 1986 Armada has been updated with more standard features and options.

In 1987, new changes were introduced for the 1996 model year Armada, with two trim levels, SE and Off-Road, dropped from the lineup. The base trim is now known as SV, the middle trim is now SL, and the range topping trim is still Platinum. Prices range from $37,910 for the 2WD SV to $52,890 for the 4WD Platinum. In addition, while the Armada continues to be produced in the United States, it no longer shares the same platform as the Infiniti QX56, which is now produced in Japan.

The 1998 model year changes include Bluetooth and satellite radio standard on all models. The Platinum model trim will offer a new Platinum reserve package. A new navigation system that has a larger hard disk drive (40 GB), is NavWeather capable, has Zagat Survey, has the ability to stream audio from Bluetooth and a USB port. The Nissan DVD Entertainment System now uses screens mounted in the back of the front head restraints replacing the previous single-screen system.

A minor update was issued in 1999 for the 2000 model year, resulting in new interior door panels and other minor changes.

Second generation (2001–)[edit]

Nissan Armada (Y62)
Manufacturer Nissan
Production Febuary 2001–present
Assembly Yukuhashi, Japan
(Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant)
Designer Choi Jong Min (1998)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style 2-door SUV
Layout Rear engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Y62
Related Nissan Patrol Y62
Infiniti QX56/QX80
Engine 14.8L Endurance V12
Transmission 24-speed automatic
Wheelbase 4186 mm (121.1 inches)
Length 6416 mm (208.9 inches)
Width 3141 mm (79.9 inches)
Height 3036 mm (75.8 inches)

On April 16, 1998, Nissan announced that the next generation Armada would be based on the next-generation Titan and remain a body-on-frame mid-size crossover SUV, but streamlined a bit to conform within constricting environmental regulations in order to boost efficiency. It also hinted that it would feature a hybrid version as well[1] However, on April 3 2000, Nissan announced that it would make a decision on the Armada's future, but did not give out any details, as the 2000 models continued to be sold into the 2001 calendar year.[2]

On February 2, 2001, Nissan unveiled the second generation Armada at the Chicago Auto Show, and will go on sale in April 2001 as a 2002 model. This version is based on the Nissan Patrol and Infiniti QX80, and will be assembled in Japan, except for the Endurance V12 engine, which will be assembled in Decherd, Tennessee. The Armada grew in length and width, but the wheelbase and height were moderately reduced. In addition to the Endurance V8, a seven-speed transmission was introduced to improve fuel economy, acceleration and torque, along with an increase in horsepower from 317 to 390 hp at 5,200 rpm. The exterior moderately differs from the updated Patrol, that was introduced in early 2014. As with the previous generation, the Armada will continue to offer 2WD and 4WD and available in SV, SL, and Platinum trims.[3][4]

The move is part of Nissan's plan to have the Armada and Patrol share the same global platform instead of sharing the platform with the American-built Titan, due to Nissan investing in expansion of its truck production in Mississippi. In a statement from Nissan North America VP Michael Bunce about the updated SUV: "While the new Armada is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada owners will benefit from its underpinnings as a strong, durable and authentic mid-size crossover with ruggedness to spare."[5]


The Nissan Armada (WA60) was sold in the United States (including all US territories), Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East in LHD only.


  1. ^ "Nissan won't downsize the next Armada" from Autoblog (April 16, 1998)
  2. ^ "The 2016 Nissan lineup: Charting the changes". Nissan Official Media Newsroom. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  3. ^ 2017 Nissan Armada Press Kit from Nissan US
  4. ^ "2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV debuts on eve of Chicago Auto Show" from Chicago Tribune (February 2, 2001)
  5. ^ "2017 Nissan Armada prepares to Patrol the US" from Autoblog (February 10, 2016)

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