2017 Armada: A Full-Size SUV
Nissan, with its new 2017 Armada, is offering up a spacious, powerful and comfortable SUV. Does it stand out from the competitive offerings in its category? It all depends on your needs.
The Armada may not be the sexiest of the lot, but it seduces in other ways. First and foremost it is a full-size SUV that can accommodate up to eight people without squeezing the life out of the second-row seating passengers (knees and heads are actually welcome). It may very well have a strong appeal for fleet managers who crave safety, comfort and a touch of class, without spilling into the luxury SUV price range. The SL model, which should arrive in mid-August, starts at $63,498 CAD, while the Platinum will fetch $69,998.
Safety and Power
The Armada is equipped with a 5.6-litre Endurance V8 which develops 390 hp, some 73 more than its predecessor. Nissan pegs its towing capacity at 8,500-lb (3855 kg) which, according to its builder, places it favourably ahead of its competitors (GMC Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition).
As for seducing potential buyers for whom safety is top of mind, Nissan did not hold its punches. In front, the vehicle can be equipped with Predictive Forward Collision Warning which advises drivers when an obstacle outside of their field of vision jumps into their trajectory and intelligent cruise-control with distance control and emergency braking. Side protection includes optional lane-departure warning and prevention and blind-spot detection, while in the rear, a back-up camera and Around View perimeter monitor complete the list of safety features. Around View is also indispensable when off-roading, as it allows drivers to view obstacles in close proximity in both front and back, which is impossible when driving up or down steep grades.
Telematics and Roadside Assistance
To cap things off, the vehicle may also be outfitted with an optional NissanConnect Services surveillance and roadside assistance telematics package, which is chock full of tools and features for every imaginable situation. In cases of an accident, punctured tire or other impediment rendering the vehicle non-drivable, the driver can obtain help 24/7/365. Fleet managers can also count on the system to provide tons of valuable information and the capacity to program messages and alerts, as well as nifty programmable usage-based features such as curfews, geofencing and even vehicle-speed limitations.
By Vincent Frigon