Spy photos of the 2021 Armada are already 6 months old. Meanwhile, a lot of things happened in the automotive market, caused by the COVID-19 outburst. The pandemic hit this industry very hard and delayed some of the models for the 2021 season. So, the 2022 Nissan Armada will bring everything we saw on spy photos, and more.
The most recent info is related to the premium Infiniti lineup. We know the new QX80 will be underpinned by the Monograph concept. However, this platform will debut on the smaller QX60 first, in 2021. Could 2022 Nissan Armada borrow some cues from this architecture? We will figure out soon.
The company definitely delayed the premiere and the production of the new model. In the first half of 2020, the first spy shots emerged. Back then, it seemed like the big rig is bringing huge changes. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the release date. Now, it is very uncertain that SUV is going to appear in 2021. On the other hand, Armada is ready for the update. The second generation debuted in 2017, and ever since, designers had no major jobs on the full-size SUV.
Time for Change
The mid-cycle update is needed if Nissan wants to stay competitive in the full-size segment. Two seasons in a row, Armada is one of the slowest-selling models in the market. The only other SUV that achieves worse sales numbers is Toyota Sequoia. Now, with the entire GM lineup update, we believe the gap will be even bigger. Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon are all-new models, with a lot of novelties that will draw a lot of attention. Ford Expedition is also a legendary domestic vehicle and it will be hard for the 2022 Nissan Armada to compete with it.
With poor sales and competition making moves, the ball is in Nissan’s yard. We saw the company is ready to take some steps, but the pandemic put everything on hold. But, the 2022 YM of the full-size SUV should make an immediate impact.
2022 Nissan Armada Specs
There is a big question about the powertrains for the upcoming big rigs in the Nissan family. A V8 is powerful, reliable, and durable. But, it is also thirsty and not so environmental-friendly. These two downsides might lead to the new unit creating power for the 2022 Nissan Armada. There are some rumors mentioning a smaller displacement enhanced by a twin-turbo system. It will make the SUV lighter and more efficient. But, do not expect a huge leap in the gas mileage segment.
Well, the company would let some details go public already, so all of these stories are just speculations. So, it won’t be a surprise at all if the 5.6-liter V8 comes back. With 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, Armada would be more than competitive. Toyota Sequoia is getting 380 hp, GM’s SUVs can deliver 420 hp from a 6.2-liter V8, while the most powerful unit in the class belongs to Ford Expedition, and it is a V6. The twin-turbo system also helps it tow 9,300 pounds. Armada can count on 8,500 lbs with 400 hp rated V8 mill. Another possible replacement could be ready for 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and AWD optional.
Nissan offered Armada in four trim levels. There is a huge possibility that all of them will be back, but there are a few other options for the SUV. The entry-level unit will be the SV with huge 18-inch wheels and parking sensors. Also, the company will make to offer more attractive with navigation and Bose audio. The SL increases the level of luxury with leather upholstery. Larger wheels and a power tailgate are also there. Platinum package brings heated and ventilated seats, rear-seat entertainment, and smarter safety systems. For the Reserve edition, there are a few unique upgrades, such as special interior color combinations, chrome grille and door handles, and wooden details inside the cabin.
For the 2022 Nissan Armada, we could see the Nismo edition with a sportier suspension and other performance upgrades. Also, the full-size SUV would become more aggressive. On the other hand, the company is offering such a package for its small vehicles. But, there is an interesting concept for a big rig. Nissan could carry over the Warrior concept from Titan truck. The pickup shares the platform with Armada, so the package could fit the SUV. But, this idea was not included for the truck yet. Finally, fans would like to see the off-road edition. The Pro-4X is the ultimate 4×4 upgrade that is again available in the truck segment.
2022 Nissan Armada Price
After the update, the 2022 Nissan Armada will cost more than the current edition. The full-size SUV will be closer to the $50,000 mark at its base variant. Premium Reserve trim will be a luxury SUV with a $70,000 price tag.