This 2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol will make sure you get to bring all your snow gear

Article by Christian A., on February 9, 2018

Around two years ago at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan introduced three concepts of winter vehicles, based on the Murano, Pathfinder and Rogue. Since these were made for the snow, they come with snow tracks instead of wheels. Now, in 2018, the automaker decided to highlight a new wintery concept that is closer to being a production model, and far from the Winter Warrior concepts, with the new 2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol. It will make its debut together with the bizarre 370Zki.

The snow patrol version of the Nissan Armada is based on the standard version of the 2018 model year, with a 5.8 liter V8 and a seven speed automatic transmission, giving out 390 horsepower. Both wheels and tires have been replaced with a set of 20 inch Cognito Series 61 wheels, covered in Pro Comp MT2 off road tires finished in satin black. The Armada’s suspension has been raised up front and in the back as well.

Today, we associate the Nissan Armada with luxury SUV, despite being associated with the Nissan Patrol for the longest time, which is an off roader and an expedition vehicle.

Division vice president of Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America, Bill Hayes said that to celebrate winter at the Chicago Auto Show, they will provide Armada enthusiasts with a vehicle that they could bring to the mountains safely.

The Snow Patrol gets an off road ready piece with a grille protector instead of a front bumper. Other features that have been added to the SUV include side steps, rock sliders, five inch LED fog lights, and LED light bars, and a custom body wrap with the Armada Snow Patrol logo. It also gets a roof rack that finishes off the exterior look.

The cabin only gets very minimal changes though, where the seats are dressed in pearl coloured leather and the stitching in cement colour perforated inserts. The seats get an Armada Snow Patrol logo as well.

Don’t get too excited though because this is currently just a concept that Nissan has thought of. Also, they aren’t partnering with Polaris just yet. But it is interesting to see that the automaker is doing this for Armada enthusiasts. And for those of you who are interested in the Snow Patrol variant, check out this blueprint. All you need are a new bumper, bigger wheels, and an LED light bar.

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol is actually the perfect vehicle for ski resorts to take their guests to and from the slopes with all their snow gear. While the chances are slim, we’re hoping that the automaker turns this concept into production for next season. As mentioned earlier, the concept SUV will be attending the Chicago Auto Show, together with the Nissan 370Zki soon.

Press Release

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol debuts at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol, which makes its world debut this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, takes Nissan’s flagship SUV to new heights – literally. With its three-inch suspension lift, extreme off-road tires, massive front bumper, light bar and roof rack, the one-off Snow Patrol project takes Armada out of the carpool line and onto snow covered mountains – returning Armada to its roots as an adventure-ready off-roader.

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol

“While the 2018 Armada drives like a luxury sedan, it has a long off-road heritage as the Nissan Patrol, a global expedition vehicle,” said Billy Hayes, division vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America, Inc. “As part of our celebration of winter at the Chicago Auto Show, we wanted to remind our growing family of Armada owners and enthusiasts that this full-size SUV stands ready to take you to the mountains, or at least safely through Chicago streets covered in lake effect snow.”

Armada has been on a winning streak since the second-generation design was introduced for the 2017 year – with sales last year increasing 154 percent over 2016, making it the fastest growing SUV in its class. Buyers have been attracted to Armada’s unmatched combination of best-in-class standard 390 horsepower, full-feature 8-passenger interior and class-exclusive Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM).

And, with a standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped), Armada can easily handle a trailer load of snowmobiles – even one carrying the Nissan 370Zki – a “snowmobile” created from a Nissan 370Z Roadster. The Nissan 370Zki is also on display at the Chicago Auto Show, hooked up to the Armada Snow Patrol.

As for the transformation from showroom stock to full Snow Patrol outfitting, the focus was on fitting more aggressive wheels and tires – and outfitting the exterior with the tools for extreme winter driving. “With its rugged fully-boxed ladder frame, powerful V8, advanced all-wheel drive system and easily engaged Snow Mode setting on the 4WD Mode Control dial, Armada is ready to tackle the most adverse climate situations. The Armada Snow Patrol takes it to the next level,” said Hayes.

The project build started with the installation of a complete suspension lift kit from Pro Comp – giving additional clearance for the new 35-inch tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tires. The new tires are mounted on 20x9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels with a Satin Black milled finish.

To help safely navigate backwoods trails, the Armada Snow Patrol’s front end was beefed up with a Smittybilt off-road bumper with grille protector bar and winch mount with 12,000-pound capacity winch. Helping light the Snow Patrol’s way is a roof-mounted DR36 double row LED light bar with flood and spot capabilities, along with a pair of grille-mounted 5-inch LED round motorsports lights.

M-1A running boards/rock sliders were added to help prevent road debris damage, and to supplement the Armada’s large interior cargo space, a one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof.

Inside, premium leather-wrapped front seats with pearl color surfaces and cement color perforated inserts, cobalt color wings, contrasting cobalt stitching and Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts were added. A custom body wrap by Icon Image Graphics, with special Armada Snow Patrol logo, was the final touch.

“The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts – thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin – showing owners how easy it is to take their family adventures to the next level even in some of winter’s most severe conditions,” said Hayes. “We think this vehicle is going to attract a lot of attention among visitors to the Chicago Auto Show.”

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Project Build Specifications

Base Vehicle: 2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV

Drivetrain: 390-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance® V8; 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, manual mode and Synchronized Rev Control and tow/haul mode for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency; all-wheel drive; 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped)

Modifications:

Modification

Supplier

Wheels – Cognito Series 61

20x9, Satin Black milled

Pro Comp

Tires – Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road, 35x12.50R20

Pro Comp

Suspension lift kit – 2-inch front/1-inch rear level lift

Pro Comp

Off-road bumper – M1A2 with grille protector bar, XRC 12,000-lb winch

Smittybilt

Side steps – M1A2

Smittybilt

Fog lights – 5-inch LED round motorsports lights

Pro Comp

Light Bar – Explorer Lighting S4 LED Cube and LED light bars

Pro Comp

Sport overfenders – M-1 fender flares with 2-inches extra tire coverage, stainless steel rivets

Smittybilt

Roof rack – Defender one-piece, 4’ x 4’

Smittybilt

Weather shields

Nissan Australia

Front seats – Premium leather-wrapped front seats, pearl color with cement color perforated inserts and cobalt wings and contrasting stitching, Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts

Katzkin

Geometric body wrap

Icon Image Graphics

All-weather floor liners

Weather Tech

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and Nissan 370Zki will be on public display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 10th through Feb. 19th at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Source: Nissan

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