The second-generation Nissan Armada is officially here, and this time around, it's looking much cooler than before.
Of course, the big news is that it's now based on the overseas-only Nissan Patrol, so unlike the previous version that looked like the Titan pickup truck, the new one looks a lot more like the Infiniti QX80. But Nissan's take on the exterior design works a lot better than Infiniti's, making the new Armada arguably the best-looking SUV in Nissan's lineup.
Under the hood, Nissan has dropped a 5.6-liter V8 making 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a seven-speed automatic. All that grunt will help get the 5500-pound SUV down the road, and tow up to 8500 pounds.
It's also going to be available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and in SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels.
Really, though, the best thing about the Armada isn't the look, the engine, or the trim levels. It's the fact that it looks like it has a near-luxury interior, and it's based on an SUV that's exceptionally capable off-road.
Nissan hasn't said whether or not the Armada will get a locking rear differential or any other serious off-roading gear, but the overseas-market Patrol offers an electronic-locking rear differential, several drive modes, and a pretty sweet hydraulic suspension system.
We're hoping most of that makes its way into the Armada, giving us a true competitor for the capable but maybe outdated Toyota Land Cruiser.
The market for capable off-roaders with high-end interiors and non-luxury badges probably isn't huge, yet they're the kind of SUVs you can't help but appreciate. We're already thinking about awesome off-road adventures, but before we get too excited, we'll have to wait and see how much off-road tech ends up making its way into the new Armada.
Heck, maybe we'll even get lucky and get a NISMO version, just like the Nissan Patrol Nismo they sell overseas.