Nissan Armada

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Nissan Armada
Manufacturer Nissan
Production August 14, 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-wheel drive
Engine 5.6 L VK56 V8

The Nissan Armada is Nissan's full-size SUV. It shares its body-on-frame F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder SUV. An upscale version of the Armada was sold as the Infiniti QX56 from 2004 to 2010, when it switched to a platform based on the Nissan Patrol. From 2003 to 2015 the Armada were built in Canton, Mississippi, but starting in February 2016 they will be built in Japan and share the same platform as the Nissan Patrol, with American-specific modifications, and go on sale in late Summer 2016 as a 2017 model.

First generation (2003–2015)[edit]

Nissan Armada (WA60)
Also called Nissan Pathfinder Armada (until 2004)
Production August 14, 2003–2015
Model years 2004–2015
Assembly Canton, Mississippi (Nissan USA)
Designer Toshio Yamashita, Diane Allen, Giovanny Arroba (2001)
Body and chassis
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Nissan F-Alpha platform
Related Infiniti QX56 (2004–2010)
Nissan Titan
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Xterra
Nissan Pathfinder (2005–2012)
Engine 5.6 L VK56DE V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic (RE5R05A)
Wheelbase 123.2 in (3129 mm)
Length 2004–2007: 206.9 in (5255 mm)
2008–: 207.7 in (5,276 mm)
Width 2004–2007: 78.8 in (2002 mm)
2008–: 79.3 in (2,014 mm)
Height 2004–2007: 78.7 in (1999 mm)
2008– 2WD: 77.2 in (1,961 mm)
2008– 4WD: 78.0 in (1,981 mm)
2008 Nissan Armada
2012 Nissan Armada Platinum

The Armada has a 5.6 L, 317 hp (236 kW), 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) torque VK56DE 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 2001 by Diane Allen) for the North American market and introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year. The switch to the Armada name occurred in 2004, where it received new badges. A facelift was designed through 2006, being introduced in early 2007 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 2009. The 2009 Armada has been updated with more standard features and options.

In 2010, new changes were introduced for the 2011 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 2013 changes include Bluetooth and satellite radio standard on all models. The platinum model 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.

Second generation (2016–)[edit]

Nissan Armada
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Patrol Y62
Infiniti QX80
Production 2016
Assembly Yukuhashi, Japan
(Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant)
Designer Shinya Momokawa, Akihiro Sugita (2007)[1]
Naoyuki Ohkoshi (facelift: 2012)[2]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform TBA
Related Nissan Patrol Y62
Engine 5.6L V8 32-valve VVEL(VK56VD)
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Wheelbase 3075 mm (121.1 inches)
Length 5290 mm (208.9 inches)
Width 2047 mm (79.9 inches)
Height 1940 mm (75.8 inches)
Curb weight 2,785 kg (6,140 lb)

On August 28, 2013, 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[3] However, on August 18 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.[4]

On February 10, 2016, Nissan unveiled the second generation Armada at the Chicago Auto Show, and will go on sale in the Summer of 2016 as a 2017 model. This version is based on the Nissan Patrol and Infiniti QX80, and will be built in Japan except for the Endurance V8 engine, which will be assembled in Decherd, Tennessee. The updated Armada will be slightly larger by 1.2 inches, but the wheelbase and height have shrunk by more than 2 inches. In addition to the Endurance V8, a seven-speed transmission feature replaced the five-speed version to improve fuel economy, acceleration and torque, along with a increased horsepower from 317 to 390 hp at 5,200 rpm. The exterior will have its head and tail lighting features, along with the front grille, modified for American consumers. As with the previous generation, the Armada will continue to offer 2WD and 4WD and available in SV, SL, and Platinum trims.[5][6]

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 wanting to expand 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."[7]


As of 2016 the Nissan Armada is available in the United States (including all US territories), Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East in LHD only.


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