NISSAN ARMADA SNOW PATROL DEBUTS AT 2018 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Highly modified project vehicle shows the 2018 Nissan Armada is ready to take on the slopes

Chicago, USA (5 February, 2018) – The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol, which makes its world debut this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, takes Nissan’s flagship SUV to new heights – literally.

With its three-inch suspension lift, extreme off-road tyres, massive front bumper, light bar and roof rack, the one-off Snow Patrol project takes Armada out of the carpool line and onto snow covered mountains – returning Armada to its roots as an adventure-ready offroader.

“While the 2018 Armada drives like a luxury sedan, it has a long off-road heritage as the Nissan Patrol, a global expedition vehicle,” said Billy Hayes, division vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America.

“As part of our celebration of winter at the Chicago Auto Show, we wanted to remind our growing family of Armada owners and enthusiasts that this full-size SUV stands ready to take you to the mountains, or at least safely through Chicago streets covered in lake effect snow.”

Armada has been on a winning streak since the second-generation design was introduced for the 2017 year - with sales last year increasing 154 per cent over 2016, making it the fastest growing SUV in its class.

Buyers have been attracted to Armada’s unmatched combination of best-in-class standard 390 horsepower, full-feature 8-passenger interior and class-exclusive Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM).

And, with a standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped), Armada can easily handle a trailer load of snowmobiles – even one carrying the Nissan 370Zki – a “snowmobile” created from a Nissan 370Z Roadster.

The Nissan 370Zki is also on display at the Chicago Auto Show, hooked up to the Armada Snow Patrol.

As for the transformation from showroom stock to full Snow Patrol outfitting, the focus was on fitting more aggressive wheels and tires – and outfitting the exterior with the tools for extreme winter driving.

“With its rugged fully-boxed ladder frame, powerful V8, advanced all-wheel drive system and easily engaged Snow Mode setting on the 4WD Mode Control dial, Armada is ready to tackle the most adverse climate situations,” said Hays.

“The Armada Snow Patrol takes it to the next level.”

The project build started with the installation of a complete suspension lift kit from Pro Comp – giving additional clearance for the new 35-inch-tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tyres.

The new tyres are mounted on 20x9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels with a Satin Black milled finish.

To help safely navigate backwoods trails, the Armada Snow Patrol’s front end was beefed up with a Smittybilt off-road bumper with grille protector bar and winch mount with 12,000-pound capacity winch.

Helping light the Snow Patrol’s way is a roof-mounted DR36 double row LED light bar with flood and spot capabilities, along with a pair of grille-mounted 5-inch LED round motorsports lights.

M-1A running boards/rock sliders were added to help prevent road debris damage, and to supplement the Armada’s large interior cargo space, a one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof.

Inside, premium leather-wrapped front seats with pearl colour surfaces and cement colour perforated inserts, cobalt colour wings, contrasting cobalt stitching and Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts were added.

A custom body wrap by Icon Image Graphics, with special Armada Snow Patrol logo, was the final touch.

“The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts – thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin – showing owners how easy it is to take their family adventures to the next level even in some of winter’s most severe conditions,” said Hayes.

“We think this vehicle is going to attract a lot of attention among visitors to the Chicago Auto Show.”

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Project Build Specifications

Base Vehicle: 2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV

Drivetrain: 390-horsepower 5.6-litre DOHC Endurance® V8; 7AT with overdrive, manual mode and Synchronized Rev Control and tow/haul mode for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency; all-wheel drive; 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped)

Modifications

 Modification   Supplier
 Wheels  Pro Comp
 Cognito Series 61 20x9, Satin Black milled  
 Tyres  Pro Comp
 Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road, 35x12.50R20  
 Suspension lift kit  Pro Comp
 2-inch front/1-inch rear level lift  
 Off-road bumper  Smittybilt
 M1A2 with grille protector bar, XRC 12,000-lb winch  
 Side steps  Smittybilt
 M1A2  
 Fog lights  Pro Comp
 5-inch LED round motorsports lights   
 Light Bar  Pro Comp
 Explorer Lighting S4 LED Cube and LED light bars  
 Sport overfenders  Smittybilt
 M-1 fender flares with 2-inches extra tyre coverage, stainless steel rivets  
 Roof rack  Smittybilt
 Defender one-piece, 4’ x 4’  
 Weather shields  Nissan Australia
 Front seats  Katzkin
 Premium leather-wrapped front seats, pearl color wings and contrasting stitching, Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts  
 Geometric body wrap  Icon Image Graphics
 All-weather floor liners   Weather Tech

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and Nissan 370Zki will be on public display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which runs February 10-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualised revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8 per cent and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolised by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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