[Video] Chicago Auto Show to debut 2017 Nissan Armada [gallery] image

The Japanese automaker has officially introduced online the 2017 Armada prior to its worldwide public debut during the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

The 2017 Nissan Armada is not actually any surprise because it’s the rebadged twin brother of the Infiniti QX80 – we are treated hence to an overly familiar design, save for the Armada’s massive V-motion grille housed in between LED headlights. Also interesting cues may be the front fender vents, the adoption of more chrome trim, as well as the introduction of an acoustic glass windshield that should go some way towards making the ride smoother and quieter. Moving inside the cabin we find an upscale treatment thanks to the wood trim, metallic inserts and the wide range of standard amenities. Interesting equipment includes the heated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, or the 8-inch display infotainment system. There are three separate trim levels and the flagship Armada Platinum will treat owners to heated / cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and a rear system entertainment with two 7.0-inch displays.

Motivation comes courtesy of the larger than life 5.6-liter V8 engine churning out 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque – it has been linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission that can deliver the power to the optional four-wheel drive system. Performance details have not been revealed so far but the company did say the 2017 Armada is capable of towing up to 8,500 pounds while the automaker is also expecting best-in-class acceleration. A summer release into the showrooms is expected, with pricing to be revealed later on.