The refresh of the Nissan Armada SUV in 2017 made it one of the most recently updated vehicles in its segment. While its rivals are waiting for the new generation for ten and more years, this model is modern and appealing. It opens the door for further updates. For example, the 2020 Nissan Armada diesel is a likely option. However, a 5.0-liter V8 turbo from the Titan XD seems to be a little heavy for the SUV. Next season we will see changes in colors palette and improvements in the gas mileage segment.
There is always room for improvements. The full-size segment is not as popular as its smaller siblings. However, if you need a tough vehicle that can tow a lot, to be safe, and you are willing to spend more than $50k, then there is no doubt the 2020 Nissan Armada will be one of the options. Another good thing about this model is its price, which is among the best in the class.
Under the hood of the 2020 Nissan Armada is the most powerful petrol engine this company can offer. It is a 5.6-liter V8 that is capable to create 390 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic gearbox distributes power either to rear wheels or to all four corners. The towing capacity of 8,500 pounds seems to be impressive, but that is quite normal for this class. Ford Expedition offers 9,300 lbs. On the other hand, the gas mileage is paying the price for high outputs and towing capacities. Armada is not making big steps and its fuel consumption remains at 15/14 mpg for RWD and AWD setup.
2020 Nissan Armada Diesel
The turbodiesel V8 unit is part of the lineup in the truck segment. Nissan Titan XD is using it to develop 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. If the company is after a high-output version of the SUV, then this drivetrain can fit the engine room. The 2020 Nissan Armada Diesel will be capable to compete with upcoming SUVs by Ford and GM which will borrow diesel units from its siblings in the truck category. However, none of them is capable to burst 310 horsepower. On the other hand, emissions are the stumbling block for this move. More and more carmakers are giving up on diesel and they are giving advantage to hybrids and EVs. A big rig with a hybrid drivetrain is still a dream and although the situation is changing, we will see a diesel drivetrain before the electrified SUV rolls out from the company’s plants.
2020 Nissan Armada Platinum and Platinum Reserve Features
With no too big upgrades on the way for the 2020 Nissan Armada, we will see the Platinum and Platinum Reserve models the most exciting part of the lineup. These are premium models that will cost over $60,000. The Platinum suite includes 20-inch wheels and intelligent rear mirrors. Inside the cockpit, the SUV offers a three-zone entertainment system. Huge 8-inch monitors are installed in the headrests. Front seats are getting cooling beside the heating. And probably the most interesting feature is the lane intervention, as a part of the self-driving package. Well, the Armada is still at low levels, but the start is promising.
On the other hand, for an extra $3,000 you can add even more options and push the full-size SUV to the luxurious end. Dark chrome wheels, grille, and door handles are the most notable visual upgrades outside the vehicle. Inside, there are few badges to remind you this is the special version. However, the unique colors and trims are definitely the mind-blowing features for the 2020 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve.
Here Are 2020 Nissan Armada Colors
The new 2020 Nissan Armada will be pretty colorful. Besides the standard set of colors, the full-size SUV will offer a few extra paints. Well, these are there to show the nature of the big rig. Basic trims will come with white, blue, black, and silver paints. Platinum version adds mocha. Interior combination of black and brown leather in the Platinum Reserve model is almost perfect. There are few other details that will boost the overall styling.
Price and Release Date
The new 2020 Nissan Armada will stay under $50,000. It makes it one of the most affordable full-size SUVs in the market. We will see how other new arrivals are going to respond. However, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia are going to slap the price tag above $50k. Well, if you want an AWD for your Armada, then it breaks this mark. SL model costs $52,000 and all-wheel drive adds $3,000. We can say that Platinum trim is a luxurious version since its price breaches $60k. The Platinum Reserve version of the Nissan Armada will be very close to $70,000. We can say that is the mark where the premium segment starts since Mercedes GLS is available for $70k (the base package).