Armada is the largest SUV in the lineup. Nissan is refreshing the lineup and one of the models that desperately need changes is the full-size model. The redesign is certain, while fans also hope to see the new generation with a lot of updates. The 2021 Nissan Armada is going to be one of the stars of the upcoming season and we are eagerly waiting to see it.
The competition in the segment is pretty tough. The main rivals are recently updated. Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon are coming next year as well. Toyota Sequoia is also expecting big changes in the next couple of years. Hyundai is also planning to add the big rig to its portfolio.
Armada is one of the most capable models in the segment. A huge V8 is capable to tow, while the interior offers up to eight seating spots. The new layout will provide more space. Furthermore, the exterior is going to be more aggressive and some features are going to be borrowed from the Monograph concept for Infiniti large SUVs.
Cargo Space, Seating Capacity
The full-size SUV is going to get more space for passengers. By default, the 2021 Nissan Armada will be an eight-seat model with a 2+3+3 configuration. If you opt for the captain’s chairs in the middle row, the seating capacity drops to seven. However, passengers will have more room.
Currently, the Armada is 209 inches long. The new version could be slightly longer and it will increase the cargo space. So, we can expect more than 95 cubic feet behind the first row. When all seats are up, the capacity drops to 16 cu.ft. Sliding seats will make access easier and that is one of the biggest downsides of the three-row SUVs.
2021 Nissan Armada Redesign
The current generation of the Armada dates back from 2017. After four years, it is still early for the new generation. But, the slow sales could make Nissan pull this move. The redesign is certain, while the SUV is going to suffer the most changes inside the cabin.
Outside, the 2021 Nissan Armada could take some solutions from the latest Monograph concept. Yes, the Japanese company developed this platform for its luxurious line with Infiniti badge on it. Still, some ideas that could be helpful for the Armada.
New wheels, headlights, and pieces on the tail are enough for the refresh after four years. The SUV is already bold and aggressive. Well, with 209 inches in length, it is not easy not to be.
2021 Nissan Armada Engine Updates
A V8 remains the main source of power for the 2021 Nissan Armada. But, there are some rumors claiming the company could turn to some other drivetrains. One of the most interesting theories is a twin-turbo V6, which will be able to match the outputs of the current unit. We will see if these speculations have a foundation. However, it is not going to be strange, since Ford is powering its Expedition with a V6 mill, and Toyota plans to do the same with Land Cruiser.
A 5.6-liter V8 is producing 390 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. That is enough for a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. If you need more, the above mentioned Expedition with the V6 engine can pull nearly 9,300 lbs. A seven-speed automatic gearbox will be under a review. We could see the new transmission for Armada. It will still forward power to rear wheels by default. All-wheel drive is optional and it returns 15 mpg combined. Poor fuel economy is below average in this class.
2021 Nissan Armada Diesel
Diesel engines are reviving in the US. We believed these drivetrains have no future, but more and more companies are turning to such sources of power. Well, the 2021 Nissan Armada Diesel is probably no happening. The company used a 5.0-liter displacement for the Titan XD truck until this season. However, a turbodiesel V8 engine was discontinued. We don’t believe it will be back for the new Armada or any other model in the foreseeable future. Instead, Nissan will turn to the greener sources of power.
Launching Date and Pricing
The 2021 Nissan Armada is not going to come out until the second half of the year. Precise release date is going to be announced earlier, with some of the changes for the SUV.
The company will bring back trims we find on the current vehicle. The entry-level package includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights, and smart cruise control. The Armada SV remains one of the best offers in the segment with a price tag below $50,000. With the 4×4, it is already above that limit.
The SL upgrades the offer with 20-inch wheels and machine finishes. A power liftgate is added, as well as leather seats. These upgrades will cost you about $5k over the base price. If you are ready to spend $10,000 more, then you can count on premium features the Platinum package brings. Platinum Reserve will cost just under $70,000.