• Feb 1st 2007 at 8:07AM
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Nissan's gigunda Tahoe/Expedition fighter, the Armada, is also getting a visual cleanup for the Chicago Auto Show. Outside, the change is most evident in front, where a subtly reshaped grille and lower fascia opening freshen things up. "V8" badging now adorns the SUV's flanks as well. Otherwise, there are no monumental changes to speak of.

Head inside, however, and the changes are numerous and for the better. The instrument cluster receives all-new gauges which are better looking and probably more readable. The center stack has been completely redone, with cleaner integration for the nav screen, new radio and HVAC controls, and repositioned, reshaped supplemental buttons/knobs for things like the hazards. Wood (or simulated wood) trim has been added to the dashboard and from the looks of things, the door panels have been redesigned as well, with new armrests playing home to the window controls.
Other fun stuff available on the '08 Armada includes power-fold third-row seating (always nice), DVD nav, and Bluetooth integration. The interior updates (shown after the jump) really are the story though, as they're a big improvement over the '07.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Michael, I suspect Nissan revised the Armada's suspension since you drove one in 2004. I recently drove an '07 Armada back-to-back with the new Tahoe, and the Nissan felt much tighter and more composed; much less hobby-horsing from the rear suspension, far fewer ahudders in the body.

      Funny, then, that this Armada's redesigned interior seems to be apeing the Tahoe's new digs!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 2005 Armada was a disappointment for me. The interior was cheap, refinement was lacking, and both ride and handling left much to be desired.

      The new Armada interior is a huge improvement, though to my eye it still lags that in GM's large SUVs. A test drive will tell whether the suspension has also been improved.

      My review of the 2005:

      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry, make that 2004. They went four years before a refresh? Not very Japanese of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the INTERIOR is AWESOME. Quality is superior than American SUV and technology overall is better. Gauges look really nice as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So when is it to be released?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like this car quality/price..I have decided to get one Armada 2008..when it will be available for sale? at what price? will nissan continue to offer LE and SE trims?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ride...lacking? Just out of curiosity, what full-size SUV rides better? I mean, this vehicle (as god-awful, butt-ugly as the interior has been for the past 4 years) has about as little body roll as you could ask of its size - WAY less than that of a Navigator, Escalade, Tahoe, etc. The pickup from the low-end torque has always been great, too.
      I just want to know - I'm not lashing out, just curious as to what you don't like about Armada's ride.
      • 8 Years Ago
      loving it, the interior improvement is great, and so is the Pathfinders one.

      go Nissan
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