Nissan Introduces 2017 Armada at the Chicago Auto Show

Looking a lot like a rebadged 2016 Infiniti QX80, with features that will remind potential buyers of the Jeep Renegade and Kia Soul, the 2017 Nissan Armada made its debut tonight at the Chicago Auto Show.

Its masculine body styling features Nissan’s signature V-motion front grille with standard LED low-beam headlights and signature LED Daytime Running Lights highlighting the truck-like front end.

Like other Nissan models the Armada will be offered in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels in 2WD and 4WD configurations. The full-size, 8-passenger SUV has the ability to tow 8,500 pounds in both the 2WD and 4WD models (when properly equipped).

Nissan is touting “Library level” interior noise levels (at idle) thanks to acoustic glass on the windshield and front side windows in addition to expanded use of sound absorption materials versus previous Armada generations.

When you’re ready to crank it up, you can use the Armada’s 8-inch color display to control audio functions as well as Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather. Sound will come from the 13-speaker Bose audio system and you can relax in comfort while you drive in the winter thanks to heated front seats.

Under the hood buyers will find a new Endurance V8 with same the 5.6-liter displacement as its predecessor, but with an available 390 horsepower versus the previous generation’s 317 horsepower. An advanced 7-speed automatic transmission replaces the earlier generation’s 5-speed automatic.

Pricing for the 2017 Armada hasn’t been released, however the base model 2016 Infiniti QX80 starts at $63,250 and the 2015 Armada started at $38,510 so we can most likely see a starting MSRP around $39,000 (which sounds way better than $40,000 to potential customers).

images courtesy of Nissan
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