Left Lane news reported earlier today (Aug. 26,2013) that Nissan isn’t planning to downsize the current Nissan Armada down to a crossover platform for its redesign in 2015. Instead Nissan will incorporate the use of the Nissan Titan’s redesigned body-on-frame platform instead.
Nissan recognized that their is a certain niche of buyer who needs the cavernous space that an SUV offers while keeping the rugged towing capabilities that a full size body-on-frame is capable of. Nissan’s North American Chief Product specialist Rich Miller said how,
"There is a customer out there that can't go to another vehicle.They have three kids, a little bit larger family. They have outdoor activities, hiking, camping, hunting and boating that they do with their family. They need a vehicle that can haul the family, the family dog, all their equipment, and still tow. They can't buy anything smaller."
But by keeping such a large platform, Nissan struggles to increase the Armada’s mileage numbers in light of fuel economy regulations. Expect the 2015 Nissan Armada to incorporate lighter weight materials, a complete aero package (air deflectors and aerodynamic body panels) as well as a more fuel conscious five-speed transmission.
Miller also debunked the rumor that the 2015 Nissan Armada would offer a V8 Cummins Turbo diesel.
In order for the Nissan Armada to stay competitive, the fact that Nissan did little to push a full redesign may been one of the best decisions that Nissan could have done, planned or unplanned. With so many crossovers taking a big chunk of the market share( like the once body-on-frame Ford Explorer) there leaves less competition for full size SUV’s like the Armada to compete against. Let’s hope that the 2015 Nissan Armada’s aerodynamic package and redesign will be enough to push prospective buyers into the showroom.
Source: Left Lane News