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Review: 2018 Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol

Does the Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol live up to its intended purpose?

Whoa! That was roughly my reaction to the Armada Mountain Patrol, too. Revealed last May at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona, it’s a one-off based on Nissan’s US-market Armada, and kitted out for something called ‘overlanding.’

What’s that?
Overlanding is like extreme camping. Road-tripping (or off-road-tripping, we should say) through the world’s most remote and inaccessible environments with a rugged, adventure-ready off-roader as your only means of support. Where the fun is in the getting there, as much as it is the being there.

The Armada, meanwhile, is a gigantic eight-seater, body-on-frame SUV that Nissan sells only in North America. Well, kinda. In 54 other markets, you can buy basically the same truck, but with a slightly different front end, a bit more off-road tech, and a different name—Patrol. Yep, as in Nissan’s riposte to the equally tough Toyota Land Cruiser, and possibly its most well-known nameplate besides GT-R.

Either way, the Armada is by far the biggest SUV the brand sells anywhere in the world, not least the land of super-sizing, 12-lane highways, and double-stuffed Oreos. And as you might have guessed, it’s a pretty serious thing even without overlanding mods.

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Andreas Eriksson

Administrator och en av ägarna till Jag äger en Jeep Wrangler JK som jag använder till resor långt som kort.

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