Nissan Armada

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Nissan Armada
Manufacturer Nissan
Production April 2, 2003-present
Model years 2004–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four/all-wheel drive

The Nissan Armada is Nissan's full-size SUV. The first generation Armada shared its body-on-frame construction D Truck class 5 with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder crossover SUV. An upscale version of the Armada was sold as the Infiniti QX56 from 2004 to 2010 until it switched to a platform based on the Nissan Patrol. From 2003 to 2016 the Armada was assembled in Canton, Mississippi. From mid-2016, it will be built in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka, Japan and share the same platform as the Nissan Patrol, with American-specific modifications, and go on sale in spring of 2016 as a 2017 model.

First generation (2004–2015)[edit]

Nissan Armada (WA60)
Also called Nissan Pathfinder Armada (until 2005)
Production April 2, 2003–2015
Model years 2004–2015
Assembly Canton, Mississippi (Nissan)
Designer Chun Hyun Suk, Lee Ji Ho, Lee Ji Hoon (2003)
Body and chassis
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Nissan D platform
Related Infiniti QX56 (2004–2010)
Nissan Titan
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Xterra
Nissan Pathfinder (2004-2012)
Engine 5.6 L Nissan VK engine V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic (RE5R05A)
Wheelbase 123.2 in (3129 mm)
Length 2004-2007: 318.0 in (8077 mm)
2008-2015: 319 in (8,103 mm)
Width 2004-2007: 89.9 in (2283 mm)
2008-2015: 90.4 in (2,296 mm)
Height 2004–2007: 77.8 in (1976 mm)
2008-2015 2WD: 77.2 in (1,961 mm)
2008-2015 4WD: 78 in (1,981 mm)
2008 Nissan Armada
2011 Nissan Armada SL
2012 Nissan Armada Platinum

The Armada has a 5.6 L, 317 hp (236 kW), 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) torque Nissan VK V8 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 2003 by Choi Min Hyuk) for the North American market and introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year. The switch to the Armada name occurred in 2005, where it received new badges. A facelift was designed through 2007, being introduced in early 2008 for the 2008 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 2008. The 2008 Armada has been updated with more standard features and options.

In 2010 and 2011, the Armada's lineup was subject to frequent reorganization with the LE and SE trim levels no longer being used starting in 2010 and 2011, respectively, along with a 1-year only midlevel Titanium trim. The base trim was renamed the SV, the middle trim SL, and the range topping trim is Platinum (introduced for 2010). 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 2015 model year changes include Bluetooth and satellite radio standard on all models. The Platinum model trim offered a new Platinum Reserve package. A new navigation system that has a larger hard disk drive (40 GB), is NavWeather capable, has Zagat Survey, and 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.

Second generation (2017–Present)[edit]

Nissan Armada (Y62)
Manufacturer Nissan
Production February 2016–present
Assembly Yukuhashi, Japan
(Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant)
Designer Choi Jong Min (2013)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Y62
Related Nissan Patrol Y62
Infiniti QX56/QX80
Engine 5.6L Endurance V8
Transmission 7-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, 2014, Nissan announced that the next generation Armada would be based on the next-generation Titan and remain a body-on-frame full-size 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, 2015, Nissan announced that it would make a decision on the Armada's future, but did not give out any details, as the 2015 models continued to be sold into the 2016 calendar year.[2]

On February 2, 2016, Nissan unveiled the second generation Armada at the Chicago Auto Show, and will go on sale in April 2016 as a 2017 model. This version is based on the Nissan Patrol and Infiniti QX80, and will be assembled in Japan, except for the Endurance V8 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 but this generation deletes the rear C pillared door handles just like the 2nd generation Infiniti QX56/QX80.[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 full-size SUV 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, 2016)
  5. ^ "2017 Nissan Armada prepares to Patrol the US" from Autoblog (February 10, 2016)

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