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Nissan: What’s New and In Store for 2017

Darrek Olson

What’s New and In Store for 2017

Since the Nissan brand was founded in 1933 (as the Automobile Manufacturing Company before changing its name to Nissan in 1934), Nissan has continued to expand production, forge relationships, and make worthwhile investments within the automotive industry. Maintaining a top selling brand status in America since the 1980s, Nissan continued to expand into the US market during the 1990s and develop its first full-size truck, the Titan, at the turn of the century. The current SUV lineup would evolve over the next few years, while staples like the Nissan Maxima and Altima continue to carry over their own legacies from the previous century.

With 2017 comes more changes and improvements over the last model year for many Nissans. A new 7-speed automatic transmission is paired with the new 5.6 L Endurance V8 engine in the Titan XD, Titan, and Armada. Further refinements include Direct Injection Gasoline systems that improve horsepower, torque, and emissions. Nissan is refreshing several vehicles with a new V-motion grille, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, color options, and rear-end designs. To top it all off, more attention was paid to interior quality, with improvements to materials and focus on noise reduction. Also, more advanced safety features are now available, including 360 Around View Monitor with added Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Forward Emergency Braking.

What’s New

2017 Nissan Armada

  • MSRP: From $44,900 to 60,490
  • MPG: Up to 14 City / 19 Highway
  • Engine: 6L V8 (390 hp, 394 lb-ft torque)

Back after a model-year hiatus and based on the same body-on-frame platform as the Infiniti QX80, the 2017 Nissan Armada is redesigned both inside and out. The V-motion grille is more aggressive, with new LED headlights, running lights, and taillights, as well as chrome air vents adorning both sides of the front fenders.

Seating eight passengers, the cabin is more comfortable and the materials are of higher quality than previous years. We particularly appreciate the cross-stitching that runs up both sides of, and accents, the center console.  There is plenty of legroom in the first and second rows, with room in the third while balancing storage space in the back. The acoustic glass on the windshield and front side windows work with sound absorbing materials inside the cabin to create a quiet ride.

The ride is also smooth. The new 7-speed automatic transmission replaces the 5-speed. Paired with the new 5.6 L Endurance V8 engine, this Nissan produces 390 hp and 394 lb-ft with a towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. Standard base features include an 8-inch display, 13-speaker Bose audio system, and heated front seats. Additional safety features available are Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rearview Monitor and 360-view Monitor.

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan GT-R

  • MSRP: From $109,990 to $174,990 (NISMO)
  • MPG: Up to 16 City / 22 Highway
  • Engine: 8 L V6 (600 hp, 467 lb-ft torque)

With refreshed fascia and rear-end, Nissan’s supercar received a thorough makeover for 2017. A new orange exterior color, “Blaze Metallic,” is available and applied using a four-stage process. The GT-R’s V-motion grille is both restyled and larger, the hood reinforced for high-speed driving, and the rear has functional side air vents to improve design and performance.

Speaking of performance, the 2017 Nissan GT-R’s handcrafted 3.8 L, 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6 increases horsepower by 20 horses to 565 hp and torque to 467 lb-ft, an increase of 4 lb-ft over last year. The engine is paired with the refined 6-speed manual transmission and a titanium exhaust system.

The cabin features premium leather, wrapping the new instrument panel, a new and improved center dashboard layout with integrated navigation and audio controls, and a larger, 8-inch touchscreen. More care went into comfort, with new side-support construction for longer drives and acoustic glass and noise absorbing materials.

2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

  • MSRP: From $30,290 to $42,070
  • MPG: Up to 20 City / 27 Highway
  • Engine: 5 L V6 (284 hp, 259 lb-ft torque)

Nissan’s Pathfinder gets a complete refresh for 2017. The fascia is new, with V-motion grille, boomerang LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and new wider looking hood and bumper. The rear-end features new taillight and rear bumper design, with a revised rear spoiler. Sandstone and Caspian Blue exterior colors are now available as well, upping the color choices to nine total.

Inside the cabin, you’ll experience quality materials, room to stretch out, and modern tech. The Pathfinder seats seven, with seats that fold down and extra space below the cargo area for more storage. An 8-inch touchscreen comes standard and available advanced safety features include Around View (360) Monitor with added Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Forward Emergency Braking. Notably, the 2017 Pathfinder was awarded IIHS 2017 Top Safety Pick honors.

Under the hood, Nissan’s new Direct Injection Gasoline system in combination to the 3.5 L DOHC V6 provides better performance and emissions. Horsepower has increased by 24 horses to 284 hp and torque has increased by 19 lb-ft to 259 lb-ft. Towing capacity is up to 6,000 lb-ft on all trims. The engine features 56% new or new-to Pathfinder components and parts. Additional enhancements include Xtronic transmission and revised suspension for an improved, smoother driving experience.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Titan

  • MSRP: From $29,580 to $55,400
  • MPG: Up to 15 City / 21 Highway
  • Engine: 6 L V8 (390 hp, 394 lb-ft torque)

Sharing the aggressive look of the Titan XD and interior styling, as well as the same 5.6 L Endurance V8 engine as the Titan XD gasoline powered V8, the 2017 Nissan Titan half-ton carries over the XD’s aggressive looks with the same performance under the hood. Built on its own chassis, it measures 14.7 inches shorter in length and about a foot shorter at the wheelbase than the XD.

Launched as a Crew Cab in August of 2016, a Single Cab variant became available in November, with a King Cab model available later in 2017, as well as a V6 gasoline engine. The 5.6 L V8 produces 390 hp and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, capable of towing up-to 9,390 lbs.

The cabin is classy, with plenty of storage room and room to stretch. Large cup holders can hold your 20 oz. fountain drink, and a laptop easily fits into the large center console.  NissanConnect Infotainment System with standard 5-inch display screen comes standard with smartphone app integration, Bluetooth, USB port, and six-speaker audio system. Available safety features include Lane Departure Warning, 360 Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Moving Object Detection.

 2017 Nissan Titan

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2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

Joining the ranks of the GT-R NISMO, 370Z NISMO and Juke NISMO lineup is the 2017 Sentra NISMO. NISMO, the contracted form of Nissan Motorsport, is the motorsports and performance division of Nissan. Featuring the signature layered double wing NISMO design treatments to the fascia, side, and rear body panels in addition to the black grille design and styling features throughout the exterior gives the Sentra NISMO a dominating appearance, particularly for a compact car. Offered in four colors – Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White, it features NISMO badging and red lower panel accents. 18-inch alloy wheels debut for the first time on a Sentra model, with NISMO steering and suspension tuning.

The interior features unique materials, red stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red 12 o’clock stripe and NISMO badging on the seats, center console, and carpets. The front seats also feature heavy side bolstering for a comfortable ride. Under the hood is the same 1.6 L direct injection, turbocharged inline 4-Cylinder offered in the Sentra SR Turbo. The 16-valve DOHC engine produces 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or the Xtronic transmission. You can expect the 2017 Sentra NISMO in January. The Sentra S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL are currently available.

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

Minor Changes / Unchanged


Which 2017 Nissan are you looking forward to driving? Let us know in the comments!

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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