Nissan’s body-on-frame SUV has been updated last year and that clearly indicates that the current generation is about to remain in production for some more time. Simply, the number of changes was pretty big to see a redesign soon. However, that doesn’t mean that the Japanese manufacturer is done with updates for this generation. According to some rumors, we could see a high-performance version of the SUV, which would come as the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO.
If this is about to happen, we are pretty sure what to expect from the new NISMO badger. Such an upgrade has already been introduced in the Middle East, with the Patrol NISMO, which is pretty much a re-badged Armada. So, we may count on upgrades under the hood, in terms of suspension, new styling details and more.
If it’s about to arrive, we presume it would hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Nissan Armada NISMO Design
Compared to the standard model, the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO would come with a big number of upgrades. First of all, we would see a new suspension setup, which would reduce body roll and make this large SUV handle better. Practically, we count on the same approach as in the Patrol NISMO, which means some kind of mechanical upgrade. We could say the same things for the styling.
Without any doubt, the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO would come with numerous styling upgrades, in order to accentuate its performance character. Some of the highlights would be massive 22-inch wheels, along with LED lighting and a completely new body kit. The rear end would be highlighted with a massive rear diffuser and new exhaust pipes. Of course, new bumpers and side kits would be installed. Finally, we count on loads of “NISMO” badges around the cabin, along with exclusive color options in the offer.
Interior upgrades are expected as well. Once again, we count on the same approach as in the Patrol NISMO, which means Alcantara upholstery, unique color scheme and a full load of standard equipment.
Still, the overall cabin layout would remain pretty much the same. This means we would see the same layout as in the recently updated model, which comes with a new touchscreen, smartphone integration and other tech upgrades.
Of course, this high-performance version would continue to be extremely practical, just like the standard version. This means that you may count on three rows of seats and capacity for 8 passengers. The third row can also be quite useful and accommodate adult passengers.
Naturally, we also count on pretty similar figures in terms of cargo capacity. For reference, the standard version offers around 16.5 cubic feet of space behind its third-row seats, 49.9 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 95.4 cubic feet in total.
2022 Nissan Armada NISMO Engine
If it arrives, the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO would come with some slight engine upgrades. It would continue with the same 5.6-liter V8 engine, with 28 horses more compared to the standard model. On the other hand, the max torque would remain the same. In numbers, this would mean 428 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the engine would come in pair with the same 7-speed automatic transmission, while 4WD would be standard.
We don’t believe that this slight power increase would affect fuel economy, so the numbers would probably remain the same. For reference, the current model returns around 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
We have no doubts that the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO would come packed with loads of standard equipment. This refers to both tech and safety features. When it comes to tech goodies, we presume it would come standard with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, 13-speaker Bose audio system etc.
When it comes to safety, the list of standard features would include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, vehicle exit warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
2022 Nissan Armada NISMO Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Nissan Armada NISMO is just a rumor but we can find reports that suggest its arrival by the end of this year. If it comes, we estimate the starting price of around 75.000 dollars.