Overland Expo West is set to kick off this upcoming weekend, but getting a sneak peek of vehicles could be the best part. Nissan just unveiled an Armada that will be decked out and ready for the overland community.
“For those family adventure fans who aren’t familiar with the term ‘overlanding’, all they need to do is look at the Armada Mountain Patrol to understand that this is not glamping, not a day trip to the local forest – it’s adventure taken to new heights,” said Brandon White, director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Nissan Armada, with its rugged platform, best-in-class2 390-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, 8,500-pound towing capacity3 and massive interior and cargo space, is an ideal starting place to build an authentic overlanding vehicle.”
The Armada Mountain Patrol takes overlanding readiness to new heights, literally, including a roof-mounted camping tent. The roof-topper, selected via the social media campaign, is from Cascadia Vehicle Tents. The four-person Mt. Shasta tent keeps occupants safely above the ground and a little closer to the stars. To go along with the rooftop tent, Rhino Racks supplied a custom awning and Alps Mountaineering added an additional pop-up tent, sleeping bags, and chairs.
Because overlanding is designed to take participants off the beaten path, that means taking everything you might need with you – and back out again. The Armada Mountain Patrol includes a number of custom comfort, convenience and storage features. The project includes a Lowrance navigation system and Rugged Radios off-road radio system. Storage systems include a Rhino Racks aluminum back-bone pioneer tray, ARB pull-out drawer system, Pelican gear cases, Dometic refrigerator/freezer and Otterbox Venture coolers.
“One thing true off-road enthusiasts understand about the Armada Mountain Patrol is its authentic adventure heritage. Every 2018 Armada is inspired by the global Patrol – a vehicle with over five decades of off-roading credibility,” said White. “For that reason, only minimal modifications were made to the factory Armada drivetrain.”
Armada Mountain Patrol also features a roof-mounted LED light bar, bumper-mounted fog lights and wheel well lighting from Baja Designs. The unique body wrap, selected by social media voting from several available designs, is from Rocket West Off-Road.
“We want to thank everyone who provided input on the design and equipment for this special Armada Mountain Patrol build,” added White. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to showing it at Overland Expo West and events throughout the summer.”
Are you heading to Overland Expo West? If so, be sure to stop by and check out the Armada Mountain Patrol.