The 2018 Nissan Armada gets a few updates for the new model year. The new feature is what Nissan calls Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM). The entire surface area of the mirror can be used as a display for the rear view camera.
The idea of enhancing mirrors with cameras has been in the minds of automakers for quite some time. Cadillac and GM were first to make this version of the mirror. The technology is also appearing in several Chevrolet vehicles, such as the Chevy Bold EV. Nissan was one of the first manufacturers to use the 360-degree camera view on their production vehicles, now the entire industry is using this type of camera view.
The standard 2018 Nissan armada starts at $46,795 and will come with a default 8-inch multi-touch display, hands free text messaging assistance, NissanConnect Services, SiriusXM travel link and of course, HD Radio. The Nissan Platinum ranks superior at $59,855 and will be the first Nissan brand vehicle to receive the I-RVM with a built- in LCD Monitor. This new technology will allow the driver to view their rear surroundings through the center mirror without being obstructed by any tall objects in the back. The projection will also reduce glare and will improve visibility in low light environments. This is capable through a rear mounted camera that displays a real-time image to the center mirror without overlap. However, if the driver wishes to keep an eye on the back passengers, the I-RVM can be toggled to the default mirror.
Both models will continue the Armada’s RWD automatic (with manual option) 5.6-liter V8 that will produce 390 hp with 394 lb-ft of torque capable of towing 8,500 lb. Both models will achieve an estimated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Other special features include rear park assist, keyless start, leather wrapped steering wheel, remote trunk release, power liftgate and of course, cruise control.