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2021 Nissan Armada First Look

Best-in-class horsepower, towing, technology, and updated styling headline the changes for 2021.

Nissan announced a midcycle refresh of the capable Nissan Armada fullsize SUV with a focus on four main areas that elevate the Armada as true contender in the fullsize SUV segment and position it as a flagship of the Nissan brand. Based on the highly capable global Nissan Patrol, the Armada for 2021 features updated exterior styling, significant interior upgrades, improved capability, and a noteworthy standard safety suite.


Exterior styling will be the first thing people notice when they see the new Armada. Nissan completely restyled the front clip and rear hatch and bumpers to give the Armada a more modern look and upscale vibe. The squared-off front profile now features full LED headlights with more than 50 LEDs in each headlamp that help to create a wide, bright lighting pattern. In the rear, new combination lights feature 70 LEDs and give the Armada a distinctive look. The reshaped bumpers also give the Armada improved approach and departure angles for those off-highway adventure.

Seven exterior colors will be available (Hermosa Blue Pearl, Mocha Almond Pearl, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Aspen White TriCoat premium color, and new Coulis Red Pearl), as will a new Midnight Edition that includes blacked-out badging, mirrors, roof rails (with a 220-pound load limit), grille, and fascia skidplates. The Armada will also be the first vehicle in the U.S. market to utilize Nissan's new corporate logo.



The Armada's interior is among the most noteworthy changes for the big SUV. A redesigned center stack has been completely updated with simplified controls and a huge 12.3-inch landscape display. This high-resolution display works with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto and is now the largest display in its class. A 7-inch Advanced Driver Assist Display offers full color and high-resolution information with menus that can be accessed from the redesigned steering wheel.

A new center stack eliminates the previous model's sea of buttons and uses capacitive touch HVAC controls. With a more efficient use of space, Nissan engineers were able to add a hidden cubby that houses a wireless phone charging pad inside. An innovative new center console design improves functionality, and the in-console storage compartment has a clever lid that can be opened from the front or the rear.

The Armada is even better at keeping occupants entertained with an updated Family Entertainment System, which uses revised dual 8-inch head restraint monitors and a new HDMI input, while a Bose 13-speaker premium audio system—with a CD player for those who enjoy physical music media—is available. Wi-Fi and over-the-air updates are also part of the Armada's tech offerings.

An available Intelligent Rear View Monitor replaces the rearview mirror and has been enhanced with higher resolution for better clarity, a 50-percent larger screen, and better LED flicker mitigation.

The four interior colors that will be offered are Charcoal, Almond, Brown, and Black (Midnight Edition only).


The Armada continues to use the durable 5.6L Endurance V-8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine now produces a best-in-class 400 horsepower on premium fuel (regular can still be used with an output of 390 horsepower) and 413 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its heavy-duty ladder frame, the Armada's maximum standard towing capacity is also best in class at 8,500 pounds for both two- and four-wheel-drive models. An integrated trailer brake controller and Trailer Sway Control keep those heavier loads in check.

Four-wheel-drive Armadas use a 2.70:1 transfer case ratio and have settings of Auto, 4HI, and 4LO, and in the Auto setting can distribute up to 50-percent of torque to the front wheels. The familiar four-corner double-wishbone independent suspension carries on with updated tuning from the twin tube shocks.


Nissan's acclaimed Safety Shield 360 is standard on Armada and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking. Nissan also includes on all Armadas Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range), Intelligent Lane Intervention, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention, RearView Monitor, and Intelligent Driver Alertness. Armada Platinum includes class-exclusive Intelligent Backup Collision Intervention, and higher trims include Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 2021 Nissan Armada will be available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims, and driving impressions and pricing of the 2021 Nissan Armada will be available in an upcoming story.