Nissan Motors introduced their full-sized SUV named the Nissan Armada in 2004. It is based on the body-on-frame F-Alpha platform also used in Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder SUV. Between 2004 and 2010, a top of the line Armada model was marketed in many countries as the Infiniti QX56 before it was shifted to platform used for the Nissan Patrol. Nissan Armada is assembled in Canton, Mississippi. Nissan Armada has a towing capacity of 9100 lbs.
Nissan’s design tradition began with the Nissan Pathfinder in 1986 and sticking to their design traditions Nissan installed the rear door handles on the ‘C’ pillar on Nissan Armada. Once the four-door Pathfinder was appeared, the company opted to hide the door handles as a part of the ‘C’ pillar trim to make it look like a 2-door truck with camper shell, having traditional front door handles.
The Nissan Armada receives a 5.6-L VK56DE V8 engine with an output of 317 hp (227 kW) and torque of 393 lb-ft mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It is offered with a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive option. The Armada was solely designed for the North American market. In 2005, the Armada name was used for the first time. In 2007, it was revised for the 2008 model year.
Interestingly, the most recent Nissan Armada Platinum edition comes with a 9.3GB hard drive for storing music as well as CF (Compact Flash) memory card reader. The Platinum edition also offers an electronically controlled third row seats and a power liftgate.
There are some models produced of Nissan Armada proficient enough to use E85. With this capability of using E85, it was regarded as the only Japanese vehicle sold in American market after Nissan Titan that can use E85. However, in 2009, Toyota launched their E85 capable Toyota UR engine in Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia. Nissan further enhanced the power and features of the Armada for 2009 model year.
The Armada receives a lot of modifications and changes in 2010 for 2011 model year. SE and Off-Road trims are discontinued from the Armada range. The trims are renamed as: the base trim is now called SV, the middle trim is SL and the upscale trim is called the Platinum. Two-wheel drive SV is priced at $37,910 while the four-wheel drive Platinum trim is set to be sold at $52,890.
The Armada continues to be assembled in United States, however, the current Armada doesn’t share its platform with the Infiniti QX56 which is still manufactured and sold in Japanese market.