Anton Andres / Nissan USA | May 18, 2018 13:39
Explore the great outdoors with Nissan's concept overlander
Do you like the idea of going off-road and spending the night camped out in the wilderness? Then Nissan's latest concept might appeal to you. The Japanese automaker has unveiled the Armada Mountain Patrol, gearing it up with off-roading kit, along with a lofty place to spend the night in the great outdoors.
Nissan says that this special Armada (also known as the Patrol here) is aimed for those into overlanding. For starters, it gets a significant lift, complemented by beefier springs and dampers. For enhanced traction, Nissan also fitted the full-sized SUV with 35-inch all-terrain tires courtesy of Nitto. Bumpers at the front and rear were trimmed to make way for steel units and it also comes with a winch in front should the need for it arise.
Aside from the upgraded undercarriage, this special off-road rig comes with skid plates and rock sliders that protect the the Armada's underbelly. Meanwhile the spare tire is moved to the tailgate for a better departure angle. Besides the winch, a rack-mounted MaxTrax vehicle recovery boards, Hi-lift vehicle jack and Rhino Rack shovels help the Armada claw its way out of sticky situations. To alleviate fuel concerts, there is an extra gas can from Rotopax. Adding the final touches to the Armada Mountain Patrol are a roof-mounted LED light bar, bumper-mounted fog lights and wheel well lighting
On to its camping gear, the Armada Mountain Patrol features a roof-mounted pop-up tent which is large enough for four people. It even comes with sleeping bags and folding chairs as part of the package. Extra storage comes courtesy of an aluminum back-bone pioneer tray, ARB pull-out drawer system and Pelican gear cases. A camp out isn't complete without food and keeping it fresh is a Dometic refrigerator/freezer and Otterbox Venture coolers.
The engine on the other hand is perhaps the only thing untouched for the Armada Mountain Patrol. It uses the same 5.6-liter V8 engine in the standard model, meaning it's good for 400 PS and a stump-pulling 560 Nm of torque. Four-wheel drive is, of course, standard for the rig and it shifts via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Sadly, the SUV is a one-off but don't let that stop you from turning your own Patrol into an overlander.