VIDEO – Nissan Introduces Armada Mountain Patrol at Overland Expo WEST
Social Media Polls Dictated Armada’s Off-Grid Mods
Nissan pulled the wraps off the Armada Mountain Patrol concept at Overland Expo WEST this weekend, giving us a good look at the SUV that Nissan’s fans on social media built.
Similar to previous project vehicles, Nissan created the Mountain Patrol by turning to its social media channels. Each week, the company’s followers were given an either-or poll that dictated the Armada’s modifications, tire choices, color scheme, and even logo design. The whole kit was revealed May 17, then driven off-road to Overland Expo WEST in nearby Flagstaff, Arizona.
To build the Armada Mountain Patrol, Nissan started with a Calmini 6-inch suspension lift paired with Icon Vehicle Dynamics coilovers. Nitto Trail Grappler tires measuring 35 inches in diameter were mounted on 17-inch Icon Rebound wheels finished in bronze. Calmini front and rear bumpers and rock sliders provide impact protection, while Baja Designs off-road lighting illuminates the trail ahead. Up top, Rhino-Rack supplied the Backbone roof storage system, Pioneer storage tray, and Batwing 270-degree awning, while Cascadia Vehicle Tents provided the Mt. Shasta rooftop domicile. An ARB twin-screw air compressor, ARB interior drawers, and Dometic refrigerator assist with off-grid living, while a Hi-Lift jack and Factor55 winch help the Armada regain momentum if the driver gets in over his head.
All of it is powered by a showroom-fresh 5.6L Endurance V-8 augmented by a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system. With 390 hp, 394 lb-ft, and an 8,500-pound towing capacity, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager Brandon White claims the Armada “is an ideal starting place to build an authentic overlanding vehicle.”
Following its debut at Overland Expo WEST, Nissan will take the Armada Mountain Patrol on tour to various outdoor and automotive events through the rest of the year. We hope to get a chance to slip behind the wheel for more than the few miles we drove it in Flagstaff, as that little test only gave us a brief taste of what this family SUV–turned–overlander is capable of.