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At a Glance: 2008 Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada powers into 2008 with improvements that add to its appeal as the full-size family SUV for utility and adventure. With new option packages, new exterior style, new colors, more luxurious interior amenities and enhanced technology features, Armada continues its award-winning ways.

Outside, the 2008 Armada features a new front fascia, new headlight and fog light designs, new one-piece roof rack design, revised rear fascia, 20-inch wheel and Michelin tire package (LE only) and two new exterior colors – Desert Stone and Timberline.

Inside, Armada offers a 3rd row power folding 60/40 seat (optional LE), new interior colors and fabrics, new gated shifter, new woodgrain accents (LE only), available heated steering wheel (LE only), a locking glove compartment and revised steering wheel and combination meter illumination.

New technology enhancements include an Intelligent Key with twist start (standard LE, optional SE), enhanced Bose® sound system with 3rd row speakers and amplifier (standard LE, optional SE), Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (standard on LE), improved available Nissan Navigation system with a XM? NavTraffic™ system with real-time traffic information (XM contract required) and 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, and a larger 8.0-inch screen for the optional DVD Entertainment Package.

Armada continues with its three-row, eight-passenger seating, roof-mounted curtain air bags for all three rows and full array of luxury and convenience features.

Class-leading towing capacity of up to 9,100-pounds is provided by Armada’s heavy duty frame and suspension, as well as a standard 317 horsepower 5.6-liter V8 with 385 lb-ft of torque. Available Flexible Fuel Vehicle technology (FFV) allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an alternative fuel such as E85, a mix containing 15 percent renewable ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.

Armada finished first in buyer-perceived overall quality by the Strategic Vision research firm in the Large SUV class of its 2006 Total Quality Index, as well as being named the “Most Appealing Large Premium Multi-Activity Vehicle” by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) study.

Highlights of the 2008 Armada full-size SUV include:

  • New front full body type fascia

  • New halogen fog lamp design (fog lamps standard LE, optional SE)

  • New halogen headlamp design

  • New rear body-color fascia with revised shape

  • New one-piece roof rack design

  • New 20-inch wheel design (LE)

  • Rugged body design with distinctive, modern and expressive elements

  • Body-color front and rear fascias

  • Long wheelbase (123.2 inches) and a highly manageable overall length (206.9 inches)

  • Body color grille (chrome on LE model), chrome front door handles (body color on rear)

  • Privacy glass on 2nd and 3rd row windows and rear liftgate

  • Standard side step rails

  • Manual flip-out rear quarter windows (power-operated on LE model)

  • Available power folding chrome mirrors with heat, power adjust on all models, auto dim and integrated turn signal standard on LE      models

  • Rear liftgate with opening rear glass (power-operated liftgate standard on LE model)

  • Rear proximity sensor system (back-up obstacle warning) in rear bumper

  • New exterior colors – Desert Stone and Timberline

  • Engine and Driveline
  • Standard 5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque

  • Available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology allows for use of gasoline/ethanol fuel mixes

  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, graphite-coated      pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain

  • Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul modes for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency

  • Rugged, F-Alpha fully boxed all-steel frame

  • 28-gallon fuel tank

  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) (includes deactivation switch) with 4-wheel limited slip (4WD models), 2-wheel limited slip      (2WD models), Traction Control

  • Standard Dana drive axles

  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with standard warning lamp (in gauge cluster) or warning display (with optional navigation system)

  • 4-Wheel Drive Features

  • Available All-Mode 4-wheel drive system with Auto/2WD/4H/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case, 3.35:1 4LO      crawl gear ratio

  • Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • New-design 20x8JJ inch wheels with P275/60R20 Michelin tires standard on LE model

  • Standard 18x8JJ aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/70R18 Continental tires on SE model

  • Rugged, F-Alpha fully boxed all-steel frame

  • Double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar

  • Independent double-wishbone rear suspension with stabilizer bar

  • Available rear air leveling suspension (standard LE)

  • Engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist

  • Interior Features
  • New power 60/40 split fold flat 3rd row seat (optional LE, manual std. on SE and LE)

  • New steering wheel illumination, welcome meter illumination, combination meter colors and design

  • New heated leather 3-spoke steering wheel (optional LE), lockable glove compartment

  • Enhanced Bose® audio system with 3rd row speakers and amplifier, mp3 capability, 11 speakers, in-dash 6CD, dual media      capability (allows use of radio and CD at the same time – headphones must be used to listen to second audio source), XM? satellite      radio (standard on LE, optional on SE)

  • Revised Nissan Navigation System with optional XM? NavTraffic™ with real-time traffic information (requires contract with XM?      satellite radio) and 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive and (optional LE)

  • Available Bluetooth® hands-free phone system (standard on LE)

  • Revised gated floor-mounted shifter for a sporty appearance and enhanced shift control

  • New woodgrain interior trim (LE)

  • New Intelligent Key with twist start (standard LE, optional SE)

  • Revised available DVD Family Entertainment System with two wireless headphones and remote control, 8-inch screen (up from 7      inches)

  • Class-leading 2nd row legroom of 41.9 inches

  • Standard fold-flat 2nd row bench seat

  • Available fold-flat 2nd row captain’s chairs and removable 2nd row center console

  • Seton leather-appointed seating surfaces (standard LE, optional SE) (1st and 2nd row only)

  • Large front center console with substantial center storage, rear 12V outlet, cell phone holder

  • Full-length overhead console with six dome lights

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

  • 6-way adjustable front passenger’s seat (standard LE, optional SE)

  • Fold-down front passenger seat feature with recessed "work area"

  • Three 12-volt power outlets on console and instrument panel

  • Up to 14 cupholders with capability of holding up to 64 oz bottles

  • 1st row storage in instrument panel side pockets, doors, center console main storage bin and center console sides, front door bottle      holders

  • 2nd row storage in driver’s seat rear pocket, door-mounted bottle holders, cupholders in rear of center console

  • Elevated 3rd row seat

  • 3rd row side storage bin and cupholders

  • Standard dual zone auto climate control

  • Standard power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with transmission interlock and available memory function

  • RearView Monitor (standard LE, optional SE)

  • Safety and Security
  • Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant      classification sensor

  • Standard roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard positions in all three      rows

  • Available front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags (standard LE, optional SE)

  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones

  • 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters

  • 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position

  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system

  • Front seat Active Head Restraints

  • Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in SE and LE models in 4WD and 2WD drive configurations

  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Canton, Mississippi Plant

  • Information via: Nissan USA
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