- the three-row nissan armada is getting a refresh for 2021, and this short clip gives some idea of how it's changing.
- it appears that the front and rear lights gain new shapes and that overall, the boxy figure of the full-size suv is maintained.
- the 2021 armada will be revealed in full on december 8.
now four years into its second generation, the nissan armada is getting refreshed for 2021, and since we've already seen the the updated 2020 nissan patrol, which is the international version of the armada, we have some idea of what's coming at the reveal on december 8. in this teaser, we can see the armada racing down a dirt road and then a quick cut to the rear end of the suv, neither shot of which shows a whole lot but does suggest that nissan is keeping a good thing going as the changes will likely be subtle.
the armada's presence on a dirt road does suggest that nissan isn't messing with the suv's rugged image, but other than that shot, we're unsure whether such outdoorsy features as all-terrain tires or skid plates will be part of the packaging. from a distance, we can also see that the armada maintains its boxy figure and doesn't undergo any extreme changes on the front of the vehicle, but perhaps a closeup shot would show something different.
it's difficult to discern any material differences with the quick shot of the rear of the armada, but from a first look, it does appear that the rear taillights may have a different shape and that other features, such as the rear bumper, may have been slightly altered.
the 2020 patrol sold elsewhere is likely a good indicator of what the updated armada is going to look like, including the new grille which drops some of the chrome accents, a larger lower air intake, sleeker headlights, and the addition of side air vents. the patrol's rear bumper doesn't appear as large as that on the armada, but that has been the case throughout the previous generation of both vehicles. its taillights are less rounded, giving the suv a slightly more refined look, and a chrome runner with the name "patrol" on it connects the taillights, giving the rear end more continuity.
the 2021 armada is expected to keep its 390-hp v-8 and seven-speed automatic transmission, currently the only powertrain choice for the big suv. we'll bring full details once the new model is revealed next week.