By on September 5, 2019

Image: Facebook

There’s a lot of Nissan commentary on these here pages today, but that’s just fine by us. You guys love talking value. Sure, Nissan’s Armada represents the pricey pinnacle of the brand’s SUV lineup, but it’s a fair bit cheaper than its Infiniti QX80 sibling. It’s also due for a mid-cycle refresh.

For its next iteration, the body-on-frame full-sizer brings some glitzy updates to the table, at least according to these Facebook shots of a next-gen Patrol headed to a Middle Eastern dealership.

Overseas, Nissan slaps the Patrol name on its biggest ‘ute, reserving the Spanish-sounding Armada moniker for us North Americans. “Armada” sounds regal and hints that the cumbersome vessel carries a hidden chest filled with gold; indeed, Nissan bills the SUV as “bold” and “sophisticated.” While the jury’s out on the truthfulness of that characterization, the upcoming model seems a more deserving candidate for those labels.

Despite the makeover only being skin deep, what skin we can see seems more expressive and glittery. The reworked fascia bears a taller grille done in Nissan corporate style, with lower openings gilded in chrome. The LEDs partially encircling the headlamps remain but become more pronounced, with a slice of fender panel splitting into the headlamp array. Side vents also grow taller, giving the vehicle an impression of added height. This is a ship of the line, after all.

Image: Facebook

Out back, chrome now extends the width of the liftgate, linking both tail lamp assemblies. While it’s hard to tell from the head-on angle, it seems the obnoxious and tacky faux front fender vent remains, and has perhaps grown larger. Oh well.

Inside the Patrol/Armada, the cabin brings additional changes, the most obvious and notable being a dual-screen arrangement on the center stack that mimics the one seen in the Infiniti QX50.

As stated before, Nissan isn’t expected to tinker with the Armada’s drivetrain for this refresh, so expect a carryover 5.6-liter V8 and seven-speed automatic. Though hardly the first vehicle to come to mind when one thinks of SUVs, the Armada remains a fairly consistent seller. With 22,102 units sold in the U.S. through the end of August, Armada volume fell 1.8 percent this year, but the past couple of calendar years has seen the model sell just as well as during its initial high point in the mid-2000s. Perhaps a dose of style and content will reverse the recent sales trend.

The updated Armada is expected to sail into port next year.

Image: Facebook

[Images: Saud AL Olayan/Facebook, via Motor Authority]

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23 Comments on “Gilded Age: Refreshed Nissan Armada Seemingly Leaked Overseas...”


  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    Does that say Fatkol?

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    The styling is getting better – the current Infiniti QX80 looks like a 350-pound woman in a leotard.

  • avatar
    lstanley

    This and the QX80 are really popular by me as they are beasts for towing big boats. And they do that job really well.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I just spent 4 days and about 600 miles in an Infiniti QX90. There was nothing bad about it, per se, but it felt very dated. The ride certainly made sure you knew it was built on a BOF truck. Even an equivalent Chevy Tahoe would ride better. It could seat 7, as long as you had luggage for 2. Lift height for loading the cargo area was feckin’ ridiculously high and I’m 6′ tall. Interior materials were nice and fit near-luxury better than Buick or Acura. Infotainment felt incredibly dated and the two USB ports were weak sauce for charging devices. There was Apple CarPlay support but no Android Auto, which is likely just as well given that Android Auto in the Nissan Maxima is unusable. Did a very short beach drive and the 4WD system was very competent, credit to the BOF truck frame it is built on. The Nissan 5.6 provided acceptable power, but the engine sounded like a sewing machine at idle outside, and there was excessive cabin noise under load. On the subject of cabin noise, there was a lot of road noise that carried into the vehicle. Paint was orange peeled, which is indicative of thin paint – however there were no tell tale rock chips on the front clip, so maybe just not a great paint process.

    The Infiniti was a 2019 model with about 2,900 miles on the clock when the keys were handed to me.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I had an Armada last year as rental for a family vacation, and it was more than acceptable. The only real weak point, as you say, was the out-of-date infotainment, which it appears Nissan has addressed.

      • 0 avatar
        Carrera

        Yes, although my rental came with 7-8 speakers, the sounds wasn’t all that great. Also, the backup camera had terrible resolution although all those fancy views from above, side, whatever were nice touches. The Navi felt like it belonged into 2004 because it did. My friends 2004 Nissan Titan had pretty much the same unit and look/feel.

      • 0 avatar
        jmo2

        “The ride certainly made sure you knew it was built on a BOF truck. Even an equivalent Chevy Tahoe would ride better.”

        I’ve had a bunch of QX80s as rentals and I drive my MILs 2018 Tahoe when we visit and the ride in the QX80 is just so much better. It has some kind of trick suspension that works really well.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      I’ve never driven the Infiniti version but in the Aramada that 5.6L hustles.

      motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/tahoe/2018/ford-expedition-vs-chevrolet-tahoe-vs-dodge-durango-vs-toyota-sequoia-vs-nissan-armada

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        “I’ve never driven the Infiniti version but in the Aramada that 5.6L hustles.”

        Yes, it does! I actually did an informal test on my rental once it got unloaded – returned around six and a half seconds to 60, and that was in Durango, at 6500 ft. Probably uses more gas than a private jet to do that, but hey…

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      You mean QX80. Which should just prove how stupid that nomenclature is.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo2

      “The ride certainly made sure you knew it was built on a BOF truck. Even an equivalent Chevy Tahoe would ride better.”

      I’ve had a bunch of QX80s as rentals and I drive my MILs 2018 Tahoe when we visit and the ride in the QX80 is just so much better. It has some kind of truck suspension that works really well.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        It has independent rear suspension, that’s the “trick.” Worse for towing IMO (rear wheels gain camber as it squats), but can be corrected with a set of aftermarket air bags I suppose.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    There’s a lot of Land Rover in that Armada and that’s a good thing

  • avatar
    Mackey

    Anyone else annoyed by the Tahoe-like headlight notch that, at least in the current view, doesnt seem to unite with any other design elements? Seems forced, like the fake side vents of the 2000s and the chrome bar between the taillights of far too many GM and other sedans of the 90s and 2000s… It’s like they run out of creativity and just go to the old clipart file.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I think it would look better without it than with it, but I don’t hate it as much as I do the one on the Tahoe. The Tahoe’s light notch just looks like an accident. This one is more purposeful.

      And if the new T2 Silverado is any indication, the next Tahoe won’t be much of a looker, either. Yikes!

      • 0 avatar
        Mackey

        Agreed- this light design is far better executed than the Tahoe, less of a mess, but still annoying. As for the new Tahoe, haha- I’m going to be intrigued with what they come up with, because clearly it will continue to drift further away from the Silverado design! Does it get even uglier and more polarizing, or do they just create an evolution of the current design but clean it up a lot to unify the lines?

      • 0 avatar
        Mackey

        Agreed- this light design is far better executed than the Tahoe, less of a mess, but still annoying. As for the new Tahoe, haha- I’m going to be intrigued with what they come up with, because clearly it will continue to drift further away from the Silverado design! Does it get even uglier and more polarizing, or do they just create an evolution of the current design but clean it up a lot to unify the lines?

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I am totally annoyed by all of these wrap-around lights. Like the ones on dodges in the back, nissans on the front, etc. If they have something like Audi/Volvo – this is nice. But Audi rear blink+slide is total [email protected]

  • avatar
    Carrera

    I rented one for a week while the wife’s Pilot was at the body shop. Nice vehicle, plenty of power but strange driving position. I couldn’t find a comfortable driving spot. It was just weird. I drove it slowly around town…35-45 mph without any hard acceleration and when I gassed it up upon return I did the math and came up with 19 mpg. Not bad at all for such a beast. The model I had was a well equipped SL with leather. I just can’t get over the weird driving position , oh and the skinny steering wheel. It felt like my old 2001 CRV’s steering wheel.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I think it looks pretty handsome. I don’t even hate the dual-screen setup, if it’s improved from what the Q50, Q60 and QX50 have.

  • avatar
    Mackey

    Agreed- this light design is far better executed than the Tahoe, less of a mess, but still annoying. As for the new Tahoe, haha- I’m going to be intrigued with what they come up with, because clearly it will continue to drift further away from the Silverado design! Does it get even uglier and more polarizing, or do they just create an evolution of the current design but clean it up a lot to unify the lines?


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