Don’t Dis­miss NIS­SAN

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Nis­san de­buted the Ar­mada Snow Pa­trol in Fe­bru­ary at the Chicago Auto Show. Be­fore you turn the page as the graph­ics over­come you with a wave of nau­sea, have a quick look at the specs. The Ar­mada has a solid her­itage glob­ally as the Nis­san Pa­trol, one of the most iconic over­land ve­hi­cles of the 20th cen­tury. What’s even bet­ter is that the mod­i­fi­ca­tions per­formed on this body-on-frame SUV are af­ter­mar­ket com­po­nents you and I can buy. I love the Jeep con­cept ve­hi­cles in­tro­duced dur­ing Easter Jeep Sa­fari each year (well not all of them), but to recre­ate them you’d need some se­ri­ous fab­ri­ca­tion skills and a welle­quipped shop.

Be­fore we dis­cuss mods, let’s take a quick look at the plat­form that has in­creased sales of this SUV in 2017 by 154% over 2016. A body on frame truck with eight pas­sen­ger seat­ing, 390 hp and 394 lb ft of torque from a 5.6L DOHC V8 linked to a seven speed trans­mis­sion with up to an 8500 lb tow­ing ca­pac­ity, even in 4WD.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to cre­ate this show ve­hi­cle in­clude Pro Comp Cog­nito Se­ries 61 wheels, MT2 35” tires, 2” front and 1” rear sus­pen­sion, 5” LED fogs, Ex­plorer S4 LED cube light­ing and light­bars; while Smit­ty­bilt en­hances re­cov­ery, safety and stor­age cour­tesy the M1A2 of­froad bumper, XRC 12,000lb winch, M1A2 side steps, M-1 fender flares and De­fender 4’x4’ roof rack.

Add premium leather-wrapped seats by Katzkin and you’ve got a hel­luva SUV to tackle Cana­dian win­ters and over­land ad­ven­tures. Sure, there are still a few things we would like to see changed, there al­ways are, but this is a great start.

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