Guess what? Nissan finally started working on its full-size SUV. The large vehicle which has been sold under the Patrol nameplate in the Middle East was spied testing in UAE a few days ago. Based on quite heavy camouflage that covers the prototype, this is probably an early phase of development, so we assume that the production-ready model isn’t going to be ready this year but sometime in 2020. The U.S-specs version is going to arrive sometime next year as well, though this one will be sold as the 2021 Nissan Armada.
Lighter Bones And Some Electric Help For The New Armada SUV
The completely redesigned 2021 Armada/Patrol will definitely bring a lot of new things. The SUV will keep a body-on-frame “DNA”, but there will be plenty of changes under the skin without any doubt. When the model arrives, it will ride on a new architecture which should cut some weights thanks to lightweight materials. In addition to lighter bones, the vehicle should add some electrification as well. Just don’t expect any kind of PHEV or anything similar. Instead, the Japanese car manufacturer will most probably give a try with a mild-hybrid system that will improve the efficiency of the modified 5.6-liter gasoline V8 engine. According to our insiders, the mill that currently develops 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque will most definitely add another ten to twenty horses. The hybrid aid will get electricity from regenerative braking and will store it into a small battery. The system should drastically improve the fuel economy of the thirsty model.
V6 Nissan Armada To Get 475 Horsepower
A word from street hints that the next generation Nissan Armada is going to get another option too. The full-size SUV will reportedly offer a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine capable of developing a whopping output of 475 hp and 451 lb-ft of torque. Both options will be connected with four-wheel drive that will get power via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Changes From The Outside And Inside
Nissan will keep things rugged from the outside without any doubt. Though, the redesigned model might get some soft-touch corners in order to look more refined than usual. Of course, the company’s latest signatures like a V-shaped grille and LEDs at both sides will definitely be on board. The prototype hints massive bumpers at both ends, while we expect quad exhaust pipes as well. The boxy shape and a roof without any kind of slope promise enough room inside of the 2021 Nissan Armada. Level of comfort should be higher thanks to a new suspension and driving aid that will help the full-size SUV to deliver better handling. Of course, the car will host Nissan’s latest multimedia with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability as standard. We expect a bigger touchscreen from the current one, more USB ports, and better quality materials.
Stay tuned for updates.