The 2017 Nissan Armada has been tipped for some time for an official introduction but the model has jumped the gun as one of its official pictures has been leaked to the internet.
We’re not treated here to a high resolution picture but we can clearly depict the Nissan Patrol under the Armada name – the model has been redressed mildly to comply with North American regulations and has the same underlying architecture as the Infiniti QX80. We also heard the 2017 Armada will make good use of most of the interior bits and pieces used by the Patrol and QX80 as well. Reports are also slapping under the massive hood the 5.6-liter V8 engine churning out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, redirecting power to the four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission hooked up to the all-wheel drive system. In this state of tune the QX80 gets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, so we’re betting on the Armada to deliver the same figures. And its hulking towing capacity should also be present – 8,500 pounds (3,855 kilograms).
Most likely the 2017 Armada – once making its official public debut – will reach US dealer showrooms during the second part of the year and we’re not really counting on the Middle East-available Nismo version of the Patrol to join the party with its extra 28 hp and sporty design. Other details and pricing should be made available once the dealership launch approaches.