2009 Nissan Armada SUV Continues to Offer Performance, Refinement, Utility, Quality
and Value for Active Families
The popular Nissan Armada, which was restyled and enhanced for 2008,
continues to be refined for 2009 with revised equipment and package
offerings - helping Armada retain its leading position as the full-size
adventure SUV of choice for active, discerning families. For example, for
the 2009 model year the equipment previously included in the Armada LE
Preferred Package (heated front seats, power quarter glass flip-out, power
folding outside mirrors with puddle lamps and turn signals, memory setting
for driver's seat/mirrors/pedals and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone
System) and Armada LE Tow Package (receiver hitch with 7-pin wiring harness,
larger battery, 3.357:1 gear ratio) now comes standard on the Armada LE base
The 2009 Armada also features new 20-inch Chrome Clad wheels on the Armada
LE equipped with the Technology Package. In addition, a moonroof is now
available with the Armada SE Driver's Package and 2nd row Captain
Chairs are available on all Armada LE packages. The major revisions from the
2008 redesign carry over to the new year, including the refined front
fascia, headlight and fog light designs, revised one-piece roof rack design,
revised rear fascia, and new exterior color palette.
The 2009 Armada also continues to offer the previous year's new 3rd
row power folding 60/40 seat (optional LE), revised interior colors, fabrics
and accents and new combination meter illumination. Available Armada
technology includes a Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ with twist start (standard LE,
optional SE), Bose® sound system with Music Box Hard Drive and 3rd
row speakers and amplifier (standard LE, optional SE), Bluetooth®
Hands-free Phone System (standard on LE), available Nissan Navigation system
with a XM NavTraffic® system with real-time traffic information
(XM® contract required, sold separately) and an 8.0-inch screen
for the optional DVD Entertainment Package.
Armada also continues to offer an advanced, standard 5.6-liter V8 producing
317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, with available Flexible Fuel Vehicle
technology (FFV) - which allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an
alternative fuel such as E85 (containing 85 percent renewable ethanol and 15
Refined Yet Rugged Exterior, Versatile Interior
Armada's distinctive styling mixes modern cues with traditional ruggedness,
with an aggressive front fascia, halogen headlights and fog lights,
one-piece roof rack and available 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (LE
model).With its wide stance, long wheelbase and short front and rear
overhangs, Armada combines stability, maneuverability and exceptional cargo
Additional exterior features include a large body-color grille (SE, chrome
on LE), chrome front door handles, chrome dual power-adjustable heated side
mirrors (with power folding, puddle lamps and integrated turn signal on LE
models), side step rails, privacy glass for the 2nd and 3rd
rows and rear tailgate (power tailgate optional on SE, standard on LE),
separate tailgate opening glass and manual flip-out rear quarter windows
(power-operated on LE models). All models are also offered with a standard
rear bumper-mounted rear proximity sensor system (back-up obstacle
warning). A front proximity sensor/sonar system is also available.
The 2009 Armada is offered in eight exterior colors: Desert Stone,
Timberline, Blizzard, Galaxy Black, Silver Lightning, Smoke, Red Brawn and
Armada's interior is highly functional and ergonomic, without sacrificing
style and ruggedness. Available features include a 3rd row power
folding seat (LE), heated steering wheel (LE), steering wheel illuminated
controls, gated shifter, lockable glove compartment and wood grain accents
(LE). Available technology features include and advanced audio system with 3rd
row audio speakers and amplifier (LE), Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ with twist
start (LE, optional SE), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
(standard on LE), an 8.0-inch screen for the optional DVD Entertainment
Package and an Nissan Navigation system with a XM NavTraffic®
system with real-time traffic information (XM® contract required,
The 2009 Armada delivers impressive room and versatility, including ample 2nd
row legroom, up to 8-passenger seating, standard fold-flat 2nd
and 60/40 split fold-flat 3rd row seats and large cargo space
behind the 3rd row seat. Additional utility and storage space is
offered by a full-length overhead console with six map lights, center
console with large storage capacity, multiple pockets and bins throughout
the cabin, up to 14 cupholders and four 12-volt power outlets (two in front,
one 2nd row, one for cargo area).
In front, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and available 4-way
adjustable front passenger's seat provide comfort and luxury, and
leather-appointed seats are available in the 1st and 2nd
rows (standard LE, optional SE). 3rd row occupants are placed
higher than the 2nd row to facilitate easier conversation and
better visibility for the occupants. Other luxury features include standard
dual-zone climate control, rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry,
power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, and AM/FM/6CD audio system
with steering wheel controls and MP3 playback capability.
Also available are fold-flat 2nd row captain's chairs with a
removable 2nd row center console and an 11-speaker Bose®
audio system with dual media capability, allowing use of radio and CD
at the same time (headphones must be used to listen to second audio source)
and RearView Monitor. Two interior colors are available, Sand and Graphite.
Full-Size Foundation and Adventure-Ready Driveline
The 2009 Armada features the rugged F-Alphafully boxed frame and 4-wheel
independent double-wishbone suspension with coil-over shock absorbers and
stabilizer bar, combining on- and off-road comfort with responsive handling
The independent rear suspension design, with its minimal intrusion into the
interior, maximizes space, and an automatic rear air leveling system
(optional SE, standard LE) improves stability and ride comfort when towing
or carrying heavy cargo. The system automatically adjusts air pressure in
the suspension bladders to maintain a uniform ground clearance and departure
The heart of every Armada is its 317 horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8
engine with 385 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is tuned to provide nearly 90
percent of the engine's torque below 2,500 rpm - where it's needed for
hauling, towing or slow-speed off-road driving. Available Flexible Fuel
Vehicle technology allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an
alternative fuel such as E85.
Assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., the
Armada's Nissan Endurance V8 includes advanced features such as an aluminum
engine block with cast iron cylinder liners, chain-driven dual overhead
camshafts with silent single-stage timing chain, and electronic
drive-by-wire throttle for precise control. For greater efficiency through
reduced friction, the V8 uses graphite-coated pistons, microfinished forged
steel crankshaft and microfinished camshafts. When equipped as a Flexible
Fuel Vehicle, the 2008 Armada features a common fuel tank designed to run on
varying blends of gasoline with ethanol or other fuel.
Standard on every 2009 Armada is a reinforced electronically controlled
5-speed automatic transmissionwith tow/haul mode, which revises shift
patterns accordingly. The transmission features a unique gear set for use in
high torque situations, an advanced torque converter design for improved
fuel economy and, for improved shift quality, an advanced powertrain
management program. A 28-gallon fuel tank provides excellent driving range.
Tow Package-equipped Armadas (optional SE, standard LE) offer a maximum
towing capacity of up to 9,100 pounds (when properly equipped). The Tow
Package includes a lower rear axle ratio (3.357:1), heavy-duty radiator and
battery, 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake pre-wiring, receiver hitch
and rear suspension air leveling system.
4-wheel drive Armadas maximize traction on- or off-road with an advanced
full-time automatic control system, which under normal driving conditions
operates in two-wheel drive mode, but can instantly distribute torque to all
four wheels whenever road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the
front wheels on demand). A two-speed electronic transfer case allows the
driver to select between auto, full-time 4-wheel drive and 4LO, which
provides enhanced low speed driving force and hill descending ability.
Standard on Armada is a 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
(BA), engine speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system.
Armada LE models feature standard machine-finished aluminum-alloy 20x8-inch
wheels with P275/60R20 Michelin tires, while Armada SE models come with
aluminum-alloy 18x8-inch wheels with P265/70R18 Conti-Track tires.
A Focus On Safety and Security
Again in 2009, Armada offers an extensive list of safety features, including
standard roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bagsfor side-impact and
rollover head protection for outboard positions in all three rows. The
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental
air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor
is standard on all Armadas. Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air
bags are standard on LE and optional on SE models.
Also standard on Armada are front seat Active Head Restraints, 3-point front
seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, 3-point seat belts for
all rear seat occupants (including center position), the LATCH (Lower
Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system and Zone Body
construction with front and rear crushable zones.
For additional safety and security, Armada is equipped with a Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Security System (VSS).
Choices of Models and Equipment
For 2008, Armada is offered in SE and LE models, with 2-wheel or advanced
4-wheel drive systems. All Armadas feature the 317-horsepower 5.6-liter
Nissan Endurance V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel independent
suspension and fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats,
full-length overhead console, step rails and rear sonar sensors to aid in
close parking situations.
The Armada LE adds a higher level of luxury appointments, including the
contents of the Intelligent Key, special wood-tone trim, heated steering
wheel, Nissan Navigation system with a XM NavTraffic® system with
real-time traffic information (XM® subscription required, sold
separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System power 3rd
row seat, power folding mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn
signal, metallic-finish grille and power liftgate.
Option packages for the 2009 Armada SE include the Driver Package, with Bose®
audio system, XM® Satellite Radio (XM®subscription
required, sold separately), RearView Monitor, power tailgate, front fog
lights, front sonar system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
Universal Transceiver and compass.
The Premium Package (SE) includes all content in the Driver Package and adds
an Intelligent Key with twist start, leather-appointed seats with driver
memory function and 4-way power adjustable passenger seat (equipment
standard on LE). The SE Tow Package includes a receiver hitch with 7-pin
wiring harness, larger battery, 3.357:1 gear ratio (equipment standard on
Also offered is a Sunroof Package; rear DVD Entertainment Package with
8-inch screen; and Captain Chairs Package (LE only), with 2nd row
captain chairs and removable center console replacing the 2nd row
split bench seat.
An advanced Technology Package, offered on LE, includes Nissan Navigation
System with XM NavTraffic® with real-time traffic information (XM®
subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth®
Hands-free Phone System, heated steering wheel, power 3rd row
seat and Chrome Clad 20-inch wheels.
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