Just like the revised 2020 Nissan Titan pickup, the up to date 2021 Nissan Armada sees its 5.6-liter V-Eight engine’s energy swell from 390 horses to 400. Torque, too, grows from 394 lb-ft to 413. Regardless of sharing its engine with Nissan’s full-size truck, the 2021 Armada full-size SUV doesn’t undertake the Titan’s nine-speed computerized transmission. As an alternative, it maintains the identical seven-speed unit as earlier than.
However, it appears the Titan’s transmission is because of discover a residence within the Armada within the coming years. “The event timing did not work out so as to add the nine-speed to the  Armada,” Nissan product planner, Brent Hagan, shared throughout a latest name with a number of media retailers, together with MotorTrend.
Whereas Hagan famous that Nissan “[doesn’t] really want [the nine-speed] for this software,” he added that “[the nine-speed is] one thing you possibly can guess we’re contemplating and sooner or later.” In different phrases, we wager Nissan plans to exchange the Armada’s seven-speed gearbox for the Titan’s nine-speed unit within the coming years.
Though the transmission’s two additional gears (and related shorter final-drive ratio) failed to enhance the straight-line efficiency of a 2020 Titan we tested, the gearbox proved useful to the truck’s EPA gas economic system figures. At 16 mpg metropolis and 22 mpg freeway, the two-wheel-drive 2020 Titan betters its 2019 counterpart’s metropolis and freeway gas economic system figures by 1 mpg every. 4-wheel-drive fashions, nevertheless, return the identical 15 mpg metropolis and 21 mpg freeway as earlier than.
Admittedly, a 1-mpg achieve is way from game-changing. That stated, such a rise would convey the two-wheel-drive Armada’s gas economic system figures as much as 15 mpg metropolis and 20 mpg freeway—assuming the transmission’s results on the Titan’s gas economic system maintain true to the Armada. Such gas economic system figures would enable the two-wheel-drive Armada to match these of the two-wheel-drive 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon with the 6.2-liter engine (5.3-liter-equipped rear-drive Tahoe and Yukon fashions, in the meantime, return a barely higher 16 mpg metropolis). Even so, the Armada would nonetheless fall in need of the two-wheel-drive 2020 Ford Expedition‘s 17 mpg metropolis and 23 mpg freeway figures.
The 2021 Nissan Armada improves upon lots of the shortcomings of final yr’s mannequin. But, it nonetheless maintains the comparatively poor gas economic system figures as final yr’s mannequin. Take into account that motive sufficient for the Nissan to undertake the Titan’s newer nine-speed computerized transmission within the subsequent mannequin yr or two.