But why are we talking about the Nissan Patrol in a discussion about the Armada? Well, there's a simple reason – the current Y62 generation Patrol is now familiar with the Armada, a full-size SUV primarily developed and manufactured for the North American market. While the first generation from 2004 was developed on the backbones of the Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck and built in Canton, Mississippi.
For economies of scale, the second-generation Armada, which arrived in 2016 as a 2017 model year, is now produced in Yukuhashi, Kyushu, Japan, on the same underpinnings as the Patrol, albeit with North American-specific modifications. Additionally, there is also a luxury version sold as the Infiniti QX80 (formerly known as the QX56). However, since the Y62 Patrol is more than a decade old, so is the corresponding Armada, actually.
Thus, it is no wonder that everyone – including the rumor mill and the imaginative realm of digital car content creators – thinks that it's about time Nissan switched the Patrol and Armada nameplates to a new generation. As such, based on the latest spy shots, Nikita Chuicko, the virtual artist better known as kelsonik on social media, thinks now is the right CGI time to fiddle with the upcoming Y63 Armada. Remember, this is all wishful thinking at the moment – nothing is confirmed by the Japanese automaker yet – so take it with a healthy dose of salt.
Meanwhile, the current Armada just went through the final model year change for the Y62, switching from the $52,095 MSRP of the 2023 model year to the costlier 2024MY. The base price surged no less than $4,750, and even the destination plus handling surged $200 because inflation (or greed) bites from every direction. As for the upcoming next generation, the rumor mill claims it will give up the V8 lifestyle and switch to a twin-turbo V6 – just like Toyota's full-size SUV.
However, the latter is electrified to 437 horsepower, and the rumor mill claims the next Armada will sport 424 ponies under the hood without any electric aids. So, which one would you choose if this unofficial design project is the Armada that Nissan will present sooner rather than later?