The 2021 Nissan Armada will be the largest SUV in the lineup. According to announcements, the new generation is coming out next season. A few spy photos are already confirming these details, but only in a form of Patrol SUV. This is the non-US version of the huge vehicle. The company said there will be huge news in 2021. That is why most models are unchanged for the current season. The company makes a pause before the storm.
All the leading sources in the automotive industry claiming the spy photos of Patrol are the preview of the 2021 Nissan Armada. This is an easy guess, but we still can’t figure out too much with big covers on the body. Well, the camouflage will fall off during 2020 and until then we must rely on other sources. The upgrade includes a new front fascia and probably a lighter body. It will improve fuel economy and agility. Still, do not expect too much from the Armada if it doesn’t get a hybrid configuration.
What is Official at this Point?
The new Patrol is official. The company will probably use similar approaches to its largest SUVs. The premium Infiniti QX80 already has the platform launched a couple of years ago. Be sure that pieces from the Monograph concept will be visible on the new 2021 Nissan Armada as well. However, these are only small upgrades, while most of the SUV will be all-new and using non-premium details.
Also, the company is developing the new infotainment system, as well as the autonomous drive. Level 4 is a far-fetched story and we don’t believe it will be available in 2021. It takes years of development and Nissan is not delivering Level 2 yet. On the other hand, ProPilot is one of the most advanced systems with self-driving features and driver aid.
Engine Remains the Same
There is no doubt the 2021 Nissan Armada is continuing to use a large V8 engine. It is a 5.6-liter unit capable of producing 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It is more than Toyota Land Cruiser or Sequoia can do with its 5.7-liter unit. But, Nissan’s rival is considering replacing it with a more efficient system. Still, we don’t have any rumors saying Nissan is going after twin-turbo V6 or some other powerful source of energy.
We believe the carmaker is also working on the new transmission. A seven-speed gearbox is not as smooth as the competition offers. The ultimate goal is to improve the fuel economy. Currently, Armada returns mediocre gas mileage. Rear-wheel drive is standard and it comes with 14/19 mpg. All-wheel drive is optional and it cuts down the one mile from the fuel economy.
No Diesel Option for the 2021 Nissan Armada
Nissan Titan is the other model using a 5.6-liter engine. Its larger version, Titan XD was offering another option – a diesel unit. With 335 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, it was a mighty powerplant with a lot of potentials. For a long time, we expected to see a 5.0-liter displacement on the large SUV, but that never happened. Now, the truck dropped turbodiesel V8 drivetrain, which also means it won’t be available for the Armada.
2021 Nissan Armada Hybrid Rumors
Nissan is going to build more hybrids in the future. Monograph concept will allow them to do so with one of its largest SUVs – Infiniti QX80. However, that doesn’t mean the carmaker is going to build a green source of power so soon. This is a big project and it seems unbelievable for now. Electrifying such a huge drivetrain is not so easy, but the Japanese company and its engineers are not to be underestimated. Well, there is a lot of work ahead of the release, but if that happens, Nissan will have supremacy on the market.
Another official word from the company is saying their vehicles will get a higher level of autonomous drive pretty soon. At this point, we have ProPilot. But, the new system will improve self-driving features. In the future, the 2021 Nissan Armada could drive itself on the highway, keeping the distance from surrounding vehicles, and it will be able to maintain the lane direction. If the rumors come true, Level 4 brings auto parking and minimum intervention of the driver, even in urban conditions.
2021 Nissan Armada Release Date and Price
So far, we know the Patrol is getting a heavy redesign. But, there is no official confirmation about the 2021 Nissan Armada. It doesn’t have to be since two SUVs are closely connected and the carmaker launched the last edition at the same time. The price of the full-size model starts at $50,000. Even with a little bump, the MSRP is going to be lower than on the competition, such as the Ford Expedition, Chevy Tahoe, or Toyota Sequoia.