The Nissan Armada has essentially been North America's version of the Patrol. Apart from the subtle exterior design changes, it's quite hard to tell the two apart. So when the facelifted Patrol was launched last year, it was only a matter of time before the refreshed Armada made its debut as well.
After quite the wait, the 2021 Armada is finally here, and surprisingly, it's not just a copy of the Patrol as we expected.
For the refreshed model, Nissan decided to further distinguish the Armada from the Patrol. While the headlights, taillights, and overall shape are the same, the 2021 Armada features different bumpers. Compared to the Patrol, the front bumper is less aggressive and more akin to the pre-facelift model. No large side intakes here. Instead, it features small foglight housings. A larger silver front diffuser is integrated with the bumper and feature a center intake.
Though a bit harder to tell, the grille is also different featuring black horizontal slats instead of chrome. At the rear, the bumper is also different but the changes aren't as drastic. Similar to the front, it features a silver trim that acts as a skid plate. We're not too sure, but the rear bumper appears to be longer as compared to the Patrol, possibly due to regulations. Depending on trim, the Armada is available with 20- and 22-inch wheels.
The exterior difference between the Armada and Patrol are already obvious. But inside the cabin, it's night and day. The dashboard and steering wheels are the same in both SUVs, but the center stack is vastly different.
Rather than a dual-screen setup as found in the Patrol, the 2021 Armada features a single 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with a floating design, replacing the previous 8.0-inch display. The larger monitor now has a 1920 x 720-pixel resolution and is capable of updating map data and software over Wi-Fi. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now come standard as well.
In front of the driver sits a new instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch “Advanced Driver Assist Display”. The range-topping Platinum variant also gets an updated rearview mirror camera that measures 9.4-inches as opposed to the previous 7.5-inch unit. Other changes include new leather seat trim.
Under the hood, the 2021 Armada uses the same 5.6-liter V8 and 7-speed automatic as before. Power figures remain unchanged either as the engine continues to produce 400 PS and 560 Nm torque.
What do you think of the 2021 Armada? Do you like it better than the Patrol? Let us know in the comments.