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2017 Nissan Armada Unveiled

Nissan chose the eve of the Chicago Auto Show to reveal the 2017 Armada. It’s the vehicle’s first major redesign in its lifetime, and it moves the Nissan Armada off of a platform shared with the Titan pickup to one shared with the Infiniti QX80.

It’s the same platform that carries the highly regarded Nissan Patrol SUV in other parts of the world. The current Armada ended its U.S. production run last year, and the new model will be imported from Japan, with engines sourced from the U.S. The 2017 Nissan Armada is expected to hit showrooms in summer 2016.

Mechanically, the 2017 will be similar to the QX80, carrying the same 5.6-liter V8 under the hood, though the Armada’s engine will be rated at a slightly lower 390 horsepower. It’s rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic, and both rear- and all-wheel drive models will be available. EPA estimated mileage figures are, in a word, dismal for the current model, and the new Armada is expected to do substantially better.

The 2017 Armada maintains a bold front end, but appears a bit trimmer than the outgoing model though it’s 1.2 inches longer and .6 inches wider. It loses 2.2 inches in height and its wheelbase is 2.1 inches shorter. Interior configurations allow seating for up to eight people.

Standard on the Armada will be a navigation system that’s linked to an 8-inch central screen. LED low-beam headlights and daytime running lights will likewise be standard. Also included will be a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio capability and 18-inch wheels.

Advanced safety electronics, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot warning will be available.

Nissan will offer the Armada in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. Pricing has not yet been announced, though Nissan expects the Armada to retain its value-leading price point within the segment.

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