Meet the all new 2017 Nissan Armada

269961-2017-nissan-armada-review-room-for-eight-by-larry-nutson-7-lg  2017 Nissan Armada(The American-spec  Nissan Patrol)

For 2017, Nissan  abandoned their formula of basing the North American Armada SUV on the Nissan Titan pickup and settled instead for the global Nissan Patrol platform.And that is very exciting, considering the legendary off-road pedigree of the Patrol nameplate.

2017-19-2-00-56-41The 2016 Nissan Patrol(in colour Black , as preferred by Ghana’s ruling class)

Ordinarily, i do not indulge in discussions on big SUVs equipped with big engines due to the huge import duties these cars tend to attract at Ghana’s port of entry.However, this Armada is different in the sense that the global Nissan Patrol has been a big hit in Ghana since its release somewhere in 2010.Since its release it has become only second to the Toyota Landcruiser(V8) in terms of car choice for Ghana’s ruling class.I am very certain you know a government official who uses one of these Nissan Patrols.Given Ghana’s poor road infrastructure, the need to ride high is of paramount importance to officialdom.Not to be outdone by their ruling class colleagues,some  high-achievers in business have also added the New Patrol to their fleet.Last but definitely not the least are the Entrepreneurs(especially the owners of companies which conduct business with government). For these individuals, perhaps the choice of the Nissan Patrol or Toyota Landcruiser is to enable  them blend in with the ruling class.Given this background,  the 2017 Nissan Armada is a car which is destined to be popular on Ghanaian roads in the coming months and years.

2017-nissan-armada-1The 2017 Nissan Armada with its aggressive stance and high ground clearance

The following are some of the compelling reasons why you should consider the 2017 Nissan Armada when looking for a big SUV that can carry seven individuals:

  • Low Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(MSRP) starting from $44,900, in the United States:That amount gets you the  5.6-litre Endurance V-8 engine.The new direct-injected engine produces an impressive 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, up from a comparatively low 317 hp and 385 lb-ft. The new seven-speed automatic transmission helps to achieve these high numbers.In the US, you will have to fork out  $84,775  for the  2017 Toyota Landcruiser  powered by the   5.7-litre (381 HP V 8, 401 ft lb) and eight-speed automatic transmission.Considering that , globally not a lot separates these two cars in terms of price, the $44,900 for the 2017 Nissan Armada  surely a huge bargain.

2017-nissan-armada-platinum-116-876x535The powerful 5.6-litre Endurance V-8 engine

  • Nissan price for Infiniti interior is great news,indeed: According to Edmunds.com,”The differences between the 2017 Nissan Armada’s interior and that of the costlier Infiniti QX80 are negligible. Frankly, this says more about the Nissan, which boasts virtually the same design, materials quality and overall ambiance as the luxurious QX”.And this is noteworthy, because the Infiniti QX8O has a steep MSRP starting from about $64,000

269961-2017-nissan-armada-review-room-for-eight-by-larry-nutson-5-lg 2017  Nissan Armada benefitted from the upscale interior of the Infiniti QX80

  • Base trim(SV) is well-equipped 13-speaker Bose audio: The standard SV trim comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare, automatic LED headlights (low-beam only), roof rails, side steps, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated four-way power front seats (with two-way power driver lumbar), a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a reclining second-row bench split seat and a 60/40-split third-row seat. Standard technology features include Bluetooth connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a navigation system, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB media player interface.

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  • This car will give you official clout:Why? Because even diplomatic missions have added them to their fleet.That plus the numbers in the government pool of vehicles has created a situation, where police officers assume that owners of these vehicles are of VVIP status and deserve the “Agya Koti” salute.The driver of the $100,000 Range Rover Vogue will be amazed when you get your “yes sir” salute whiles he gets delayed at police check points.

Now that we got all the good news out of the way, let me drop the little bad news about this impressive SUV…the fuel economy is nothing to write home about–a mere 14 / 19 mpg.Do take one last look at this beast and tell me if the poor fuel economy  will be a deal breaker.Hahaaaaa

269961-2017-nissan-armada-review-room-for-eight-by-larry-nutson-2-lgNavyBlue or Black is your definite hack to officialdom

p.s: If you plan on driving your Armada in Ghana and faking as a governmental official to speed through traffic all the time, then by all means staiy away from all colours except BLACK or NAVY BLUE as pictured above.

Resources:

  1. http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/nissan/armada/2017/
  2. http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-nissan-armada-photos-and-info-news
  3. https://www.edmunds.com/nissan/armada/2017/
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