The US-market Armada gains a redesigned interior, updated exterior styling, and a power boost.
The model-year-2021 facelift revealed in the US overnight brings the Armada closer in line with the facelifted Patrol introduced in Australia and other markets in late 2019 – however, there are some notable differences.
Headlining the updates is revised front and rear styling, with changes including a reshaped front end with new LED headlights, a larger ‘V-Motion’ grille (featuring Nissan’s new logo) and a restyled lower bumper, along with revised LED tail-lights connected by full-width metallic trim.
While Australian-delivered Nissan Patrol models share the updated Armada’s LED headlights and tail-lights, the local model differs with a more rounded grille and unique lower bumper design.
While not officially confirmed, it’s possible similar blacked-out styling elements could be offered in Australia as part of a special edition model at a later date.
The updated Nissan Armada differs most from its Australian Patrol equivalent inside the cabin, where the 2021 updates have seen the addition of a redesigned central stack featuring a new 12.3-inch infotainment display.
Other available features include over-the-air updates for the infotainment system, a 7.0-inch colour display between the instrument dials, a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system and a larger, digital rear-view mirror, which uses a camera behind the vehicle to provide an uninterrupted view out the rear window, past cargo and passengers that would normally obstruct a driver’s vision.
A range of active safety technologies are on offer for US buyers – many of which are currently available in Australia – including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera and more.
Drive is still sent to the ground through a seven-speed automatic transmission, with US models offering the choice of rear-wheel-drive or permanent four-wheel-drive, the latter featuring both high- and low-range modes.
Towing capacity is rated at 3856kg – 356kg more than locally-delivered models – with a Trailer Sway Assist feature now available on higher trim grades.
The 2021 Nissan Armada will go on sale in the US in January 2021.
However, despite the Armada merely being a rebadged Patrol, Nissan Australia has confirmed the updates won’t come to Australia, with the changes to be exclusive to the US model.
Below: The current, Australian-market Nissan Patrol
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