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2021 Nissan Armada debuts with fresh face, best-in-class tech

The 2021 Nissan Armada has fresh fascia and a large infotainment touch screen.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan has taken its aging Armada and kicked it up a notch for the new model year. Not only has the 2021 Nissan Armada gotten fresh body styling, but it also has a many more high-tech features.

Nissan will sell the 2021 Armada in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels.

The SUV has gotten a new grille, hood, and front fenders that echo the design of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. Its updated front and rear bumpers and new LED headlights and tail lights help complete the enhanced looks of the model. Nissan will sell the model with the Midnight Edition Package for the first time for this new model year.

2021 Nissan Armada

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Armada continues to be powered by Nissan's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine. The powertrain is completed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Total output is 400 horsepower. A front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension rides underneath the body.

Nissan has enhanced the large SUV's Auto 4WD system, giving it Auto, 4HI, and 4LO models. The system is standard on four-wheel drive Armadas (two-wheel drive is standard). For 2021, Armada gets an integrated trailer brake controller with tow hitch receiver as standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels. Trailer sway control is standard on SL and Platinum grades. Armada has a 8.,500-pound towing capacity.

The interior of the SUV has been significantly upgraded for the new model year. The center stack has been completely redesigned and now features a largest-in-class 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi keep the family connected.

Nissan has opted to let the Armada retain its dated, hard plastic-ridden console and rounded dashboard.

The Armada will go on sale in early 2021. An S grade will be available at a later date. Expect pricing for the 2021 Armada to stick closely to the MSRP of the 2020 model, which starts at $47,500.

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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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