The Nissan Armada is a full-size sport utility vehicle, designed and manufactured by Nissan Motors, the foremost automaker in Japan. The Nissan Armada comes with the F-Alpha platform and it shares the platform with the sport utility vehicle, the Nissan Xterra, which is the Titan pickup truck of Nissan. Other vehicles with which it shares its platform include the Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle and the Nissan Frontier pickup truck. From 2004 to 2010, an upscale model of the Nissan Armada was sold under the name Infiniti QX56, when it changed its platform derived from the Nissan Patrol. All Armada models are currently constructed in Canton, Mississippi.
The Nissan Armada is equipped with V8, 5.6-liter VK56DE engine to get the required power of 317 HP (236 kW) and a torque of 385 lbs per foot (522 N·m). The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, and comes with the option of either an all-wheel drive system or a rear-wheel drive system. The Nissan Armada was exclusively designed for the North American market in 2001 by Diane Allen and it was introduced during 2003 as the 2004 model year vehicle. The changing of the name Armada happened in 2004, where it acknowledged fresh badges. A face-lift was planned through 2006, being launched during early 2007 as the 2008 model year vehicle.
The back door handles are fixed on the C-pillar when a Nissan design custom started with the 1986 model of Nissan Pathfinder. When the 4-door Pathfinder from Nissan was launched, Nissan decided to hide the door grips as a piece of the C-pillar variant to make it emerge visually similar to a two-door automobile with a camper shell, with traditional door handles on its front doors.
The current Nissan Armada Platinum model is equipped with 9.3-GB hard drive for storing song, and with a CF memory card reader. The Platinum models feature an electronically foldable third row seat and a power lift gate. The Nissan Armada comes with a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 lbs (4,000 kg).
There are a few Nissan Armada models, which are competent to use E85, which was the only Japanese SUV sold in the United States, except the Nissan Titan which is capable of using E85 pending the opening of the E85 competent Toyota UR engine operated vehicles, such as the Toyota Sequoia and the Toyota Tundra in 2009. The 2009 Nissan Armada has been modernized with supplementary options and standard features.
In 2010, Nissan Armada, made new changes that were brought in for the 2011 model year vehicle. The 2010 Armada was introduced in 2011 with the exclusion of two models such as Off-Road and SE from the Nissan lineup. The base model of the 2010 Armada trim is currently branded as SV, the middle model is currently known as SL, and the range topping model remains unchanged with the name Platinum. The price of the two-wheel drive SV model of Armada starts from $37,910, whereas the all-wheel drive Platinum model starts with the base price of $52,890. Additionally, though the Nissan Armada continues to be manufactured in the United States, it does not share the similar platform of the Infiniti QX56, which is currently being manufactured in Japan.