Nissan’s biggest and most capable SUV, the Armada combines old-school, body-on-frame design with the smooth V-8 engine and high ground clearance which guarantee unstoppable off-roading while it can also tow like the champ. However, the high-quality cabin and loads of advanced tech will also provide more comfortable ride than you expected and that most of the rivals can offer. Plus, with global Patrol’s sheet metal and attractive trim elements this model looks nice and will get attention wherever it arrives. The model was redesigned for the 2017 model year and will not offer much new for the upcoming version. In the case, you want to get the best from this model, the 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum will be sitting at the top of model’s range.
2018 Nissan Armada Platinum: Design Specifics
The new-generation Armada is carrying Patrol’s sheet metal on the chassis of the Infiniti QX80 while the previous generation was Titan-based SUV. The newest Armada is sleeker and more elegant model and with the unique Platinum trim specific details, this model looks even better.
The bold and chromed V-motion grille is, of course, an identifier of this model. The large LED headlights with attractive DRL’s also fit nice to Armada’s truck-like front end design. The 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum also includes standard fog lights. The functional air vents in the front fenders also add to model’s macho look. The rear also has attractive LED taillights and pronounced bumper.
On the other hand, the Platinum trim adds 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels and a lot of contrasting accents. The chromed grille is combined with the chromed mirror caps and door handles. This version also has dark-toned running boards, roof rails, and overfenders.
Cabin and Features:
Interior story of the Armada Platinum is also impressive. The model has spacious and comfortable first two rows and limited rearmost seating. The Platinum interior looks and feels rich thanks to the high-quality leather padding, contrasting stitching and nice wood trim.
The models also include plenty of standard technology and safety features. Buyers will get an 8-inch screen interface, a navigation system, rear seat entertainment with 7-inch screens, 13 speaker sound system, etc.
The additional safety of passengers comes from the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, emergency braking, 360-degree view system, front and rear parking sensors, etc.
The Platinum version also brings 8-way power, heated and ventilated seats, heated middle row, power and heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start and much more.
2018 Nissan Armada Platinum: Performance
The Endurance 5.6-liter DOHC 32 valve V-8 engine will power the 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum and all other versions. This engine received numerous upgrades for the 2017 redesign model year. It can provide more than enough passing and towing power. This engine can produce 390 hp at 5, 800 rpm and torque reaches 394 lb-ft at 4, 000 rpm. The great seven-speed automatic transmission routes power to the rear- or all four wheels and it shifts smoothly and quickly.
The models sit on the fully boxed frame which is strengthened in the key areas. Underpinning the chassis is a double-wishbone front and rear suspension and auto-leveling rear setup. The model also features speed-sensitive power steering.
Thanks to this impressive power hardware, the Armada accelerates well and can tow massive loads. The 60 mph is achievable in 6.3 seconds while towing limit is 8, 500 pounds. On the other hand, the combined fuel economy will be around 15 mpg.
2018 Nissan Armada Platinum: Availability, Price
The 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum should enter the showrooms by the end of this year. The two-wheel drive Armada should cost from around $57, 500 while all-wheel drive should start just above $60, 000.