2007 Nissan Armada FFV to run on E85 biofuel
Nissan North America has just announced its plans to introduce to the local market the new E85-compatible 2007 Nissan Armada. Sharing its F-Alpha body-on-frame platform with the luxurious Infinity QX56 and less trendy Nissan Titan pickup truck, the new eight-seater will be manufactured at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant.
The 2007 Nissan Armada will be the Japan car manufacturer’s second full-size vehicle capable to run on a flexible fuel, which is basically a mix of 85 percent denatured fuel ethanol and gasoline.
Together with their 5.6-liter FFV-capable Nissan Titan heavy-duty truck that was introduced in 2005, Nissan hopes to sell around 55,000 of these “greenish” vehicles this year alone.
As to the 2007 FFV Armadas, the Japanese company currently plans to produce around 20,000 of the SUVs in model year 2007.
The 2007 E85 Armada SUV will come equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine delivering up to 317 horsepower and will offer three-row, eight-passenger seating and up to 9,100-pound maximum towing capacity.
As usual, the vehicle will be offered both with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with the standard packaging including a fuel-efficient 5-speed automatic transmission.
There will be only two trims of the truck: a basic SE and a more upscale LE.
The former brings you pretty much standard seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels; an eight-way power driver seat; dual-zone climate control (it is separated not for the right and left sides, but rather front and second rows); an eight-speaker sound system with an in-dash CD changer and an MP3 player input jack; an anti-glare rearview mirror and this sort of stuff. Regrettably, fog lights are not a part of the package.
The latter adds to the mix such luxury stuff as a power liftgate; heated leather seats with power adjustments for the front passenger and memory settings for the driver; second-row captain’s chairs; and an upgraded 265-watt, 10-speaker Bose premium entertainment system.
The Japanese company promises to sell both Titan and Armada in North Central, South Central, South East, and Mid-Atlantic regions where there are the highest concentrations of E85 stations.