The Nissan Armada is aptly named, because in relative automotive terms, it's not just the size of a ship – it's the size of a whole fleet. And that, according to reports, isn't about to change.

While many of the larger SUVs on the market are gradually being phased out or replaced by smaller crossovers, Nissan apparently plans on keeping the Armada right where it is. And that means a large, truck-based, eight-passenger colossus, because there are buyers out there who expect no less and Nissan isn't about to lose them to the likes of the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, or a General Motors lineup that includes the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

That doesn't mean that the next Armada – which Edmunds expects will arrive in 2015 or 2016 – will be immune to constricting environmental regulations, so Nissan will have to get creative. A vehicle the size of the Armada has all the aerodynamic efficiency of the side of a barn, but Nissan is reportedly aiming to streamline that in order to boost efficiency, for starters.

Other measures under consideration include lighter-weight construction and more transmission speeds, but for our part we wouldn't be surprised to see a hybrid version. One thing we're told not to expect, however, is the Cummins diesel being developed for the next Titan, on which the next Armada will be based.


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      HustlinFlip
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully the next gen model doesn't have a model life cycle of ~12-13 years.
        Henry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HustlinFlip
        That, I agree. It's very frustrating.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well yeah, why would they? Isn't that what the Pathfinder (also with 3rd row seating) is for?
      hnoerdli
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I remember correctly, the part of the Spanish Armada which did make it to England was destroyed by the quicker, more maneuverable English merchant ships. The ships which comprised the Armada fleet were too big and heavy. I agree, the Nissan Armada is aptly named!
        Clark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hnoerdli
        What a completely pointless and idiotic comparison. Got make toast in the tub.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clark
          @ Clark Your reading comprehension is lacking if you didn't understand that. Go make toast in the tub? Anger issues?
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fugly. Most of the moms who drive these sorts of thingies would be much better off with the more-efficient people-movers, the minivan.
        Henry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        Written by someone who probably does not have a wife and kids to worry about. Not every wife identifies with or likes a minivan even though it's cheaper to purchase and maintain. Minivan is not for everyone just like this size of an SUV is not for everyone. For my family, it's perfect. There is a reason why many families buy them especially growing families. And that goodness it's not about to change.
          Henry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          @flychinook, what are you getting at? It's her vehicle and her choice which I happen to agree with. That's what she wanted and that's what she got. I don't know about you, I live to please my wife ergo my kids.
          flychinook
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          "Not every wife identifies with or likes a minivan" So you got the SUV for image? Why not just get a Corvette? I mean, if you're willing to make concessions on cost of ownership, ease of maintenance, fuel economy, and people carrying all in the name of image, why not go all out?
        dogbolter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        Agreed, in this day and age, a vehicle like this is a dinosaur. There is simple no reason for its existence. And did I mention how flipping ugly it is.
          Clark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dogbolter
          Yes it's so hideous. Get real. You've most likely got a face like a pig's @$$ yet despite the mass protestations, you get a pass.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dogbolter
          I think it still looks pretty good for only getting a front clip redo in 10 years.
      Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amen to that. Aside from some of the quality issues in the earlier vehicles, the Armada has always been a very dependable, and confident vehicle especially at highway speeds. It is a remarkable long distance cruiser bar none. We have been patiently waiting for the replacement for my wife's Armada. It's long in the tooth but still has its presence. Nissan, when is the new one coming out? It is a full body on frame SUV done right and we appreciate that.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad that Nissan isn't giving up on the Armada, but I really hope they fix some of the poor design elements that I'm sure hurt sales. First, that weird roofline and door combination is just plain ugly. In this market, a simpler, conventional look sells. Second, they have to move the rear door handles down from the window line to a more "normal" door position; a lot of women and shorter men can't easily reach and leverage open the rear doors, especially if they're carrying something, since the handle shape can't be fully grabbed like the front door handles can be. Also, I would hope that Nissan will reconsider adding the Cummins diesel V8 option from the new Titan.
        Brent Jatko
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        Yeah, why don't they just use the rear doors from the Titan? I am disabled and those pillar mounted door handles would be tough for me to open.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not exactly sure how sales are around the country, but in my area the Armada is a popular as the Tahoes and Yukons. Not many people are buying Expeditions and it's been years since I've seen a new Sequoia. It seems former Pathfinder customers looking to trade up are opting for the Armada instead of the new Pathfinder. This is probably one on Nissan's few hits - at least near my home.
      Mike G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes this car is definitely long in the tooth! My parents have a 2004 LE fully loaded and it has been the best family hauler we've had. We used to have a 1999 GMC Suburban before. There are 7 of us in our family and to go out to dinner all together or take trips it's the best. We love ours, hasn't given us any problems besides paint fade on the roof but we're looking to replace it soon. I think my parents would love to get a new one when it is redesigned but who knows if they'll wait much longer.
      mobilian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they just bring the Nissan Patrol over and called it a day?! It's like how they did with the first model Infiniti QX56 and Nissan Armada Pathfinder. http://www.nissan.com.au/Cars-Vehicles/Patrol/Overview
        Commtech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mobilian
        Idiot.....the first gen Armada/QX56 had nothing in common with the Patrol......and the current Patrol is already sold here as an Infiniti QX56/80
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