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The 2012 generation of the Nissan Armada is here and the SUV comes in three trim levels, the SV, SL and the Platinum, with 2WD and 4WD configurations, with an impressive towing capacity up to 9.000 pounds “when properly equipped”.

The three trim levels of the 2012 Armada come with the standard 5.6 liter DOHC Endurance V8 engine which is delivering 317 horsepower at 5.200 rpm and 385 lb-ft of torque at 3.400 rpm, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. As an innovation, Nissan is offering for the “new” Armada the Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology which allows the use of both regular fuel and E85 ethanol.

Nissan says that the 2012 Armada SUV is offered in seven exterior colors like the new Brilliant Silver or the Espresso Black, Tuscan Sun, Lakeshore Slate, Galaxy Black, Smoke and Blizzard, while for the interior its future customers will only have two choices: Almond and Charcoal.

The 2012 Armada comes with some safety features too like the standard ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution, BA (Break Assist), ABLS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) available with a deactivation switch or the steering which is provided by an engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system along with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags for side impact and rollover head protection, fron seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags and front seat Active Head Restraints.

The top-of-the-line Platinum version comes with heated front and 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, power rear liftgate, moonroof, DVD Family Entertainment System, sat-nav with XM NavTraffic system with Real-Time Traffic Information (subscription required), Front Sonar System or the larger 20 inch aluminum wheels.

Besides the optionals available, the 2012 Armada also offers five packages, the Driver Package (SV 4×2) with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, fog lights, RearView Monitor, premium Bose audio system, XM Satellite Radio (subscription required), power lift gate and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The SV Tow Package (Armada SV 4×2) also adds a 7-pin wiring harness plug, the 2nd row Captain’s Seat Package (Platinum) which replaces the 2nd row bench seat with 2nd row Captain’s Chairs, 2nd row center console with padded armrest. The Moonroof package (SL) brings power tilt and glide moon roof, DVD Family Entertainment System (SL) with 8 inch rear display monitor, video port in the center console, DVD changer, remote controller and two wireless headphones.

According to the automaker, every 2012 Armada offers up to 14 cup holders, dual-zone and automatic climate control, along with some interesting new features. Nissan didn’t announce the price of the 2012 Armada yet and it says that the SUV has been assembled at the Nissan North America Manufacturing in Canton, Mississippi.