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Old 18th May 2008, 21:22   #1
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Hi All,

Have been spending holidays in the middle east and got an opportunity to exchange my Nissan Altima for my friends NISSAN ARMADA--here is my experience..

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from a distance itself the enormity of the car strikes you..here are some numbers

5.2 meters long
2.02 meters wide
2.5 tons kerb weight
4 tons hauling capacity
8 seats all electric powered
20" rims running 275 section tyres
275 cm ground clearance..


..how does it compare with other cars/humans...some more pics...
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..yes next to a vitara 3 door..and here is in relation to the toyota corolla(the new one already launched in the middle east)..
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Now the drive...but before that few more numbers about the drive train/mechanicals..

5.6 Liter petrol V8 engine!!
317 BHP
522 Nm of torque
4 wheel drive
0-100kms in 6.8 seconds!!
205 kmph top speed
5 speed automatic gearbox


...this is fast...and the road presence is overwhelming..even Pajeros move over, judging the corners is difficult, but it has rear and side proximity sensors with a 7 inch dash monitor working as a reverse cam.Parking is the best--its an occasion!! The gearbox is really smooth and it never hunts for the gears, the ride however(even with the rear independent suspension) is a bit harsh.The seating position is excellent and i could look into the Landcruiser Prado at a traffic light!!(always wanted to do that )

Interiors/features...this is what really stunned me..the amount of 'stuff' is mind boggling!!
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here is a small list..

11 speaker Bose Mp3/DVD sound system with one subwoofer(20GB hard drive) and it plays two sources at the same time..Mp3 for the front and DVD video for the back...
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Two aircon units...dual zone climate control in each(4 zones)
GPS with satellite radio(live traffic updates!!)on board diagnostics - tyre pressure/all engine sensors/compass etc...
Cruise control/bluetooth handsfree/VDC
electric seats(all 8 seats!!)--with memory/steering adjust/mirrors
full leather/heated seats/steering
6 cabin light
motorized rear hatch
automatic headlight/wipers

safety?

curtain airbags/front airbags with dual stage release/side airbags
ABS/EBD/VDC etc

The Nissan Armada is one of the largest passenger(LMV) cars in production, there are few that are larger!!..like the chevy suburban/cadi escalade/GMC yukon..and to drive the point home here is the Armada near an ESCALADE..(sorry for the shake)..

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There are a few more numbers..
fuel economy - 5kmpl
price -19 lakhs!!!

If only this was available here!!

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Wow that's a nice truck with the 5.6L V8. I also like the torque output on it. Needless to say, it'll be pretty good at towing.

I just realized that it is based on the same platform as the Nissan Titan pickup in North America, which is a very capable truck in itself.
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thats true sujay it is based on the Titan but the rear suspension and the interiors are totally revamped.This is the largest vehicle that Nissan sells and its also sold as the Q56 Infinity...with still more kit..
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man everything on the car is big. Big on safety, big on comfort, big on power, but big on fuel comsumption(actually quite big)

Looks X Trail-ish to me!
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This is a big one!

So how was the adaptation when you moved suddently from driving an Altima to a Armada?
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The biggest what I have drove MONSTER TRUCK is in my pic on the right,that was in new zealand-on the outskirts of queenstown
u feel like u rule the world when u drive this
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The GC is 275mm i think and not 275cm. It is huge indeed but the Escalade standing next to it is King-Kong huge!!
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This is a big one!

So how was the adaptation when you moved suddently from driving an Altima to a Armada?
well the Nissan Altima is as big as the Honda Accord here so its not exactly a small car..but the transition to the Armada is a revelation.
This thing is longer than the Ford endeavor by 20 cm and wider and taller, the main problem is judging where the tyres are..the body work is not a problem as it has side facing sonars..which beeps to glory on city streets.The funny thing is that the car climbs the pavements rather than come to a stop and that make one look stupid.One moment on the road and then another and car and all is on the pavement..the 20" wheels play a role i think..reversing is not a problem because of the camera and distance markers..

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The biggest what I have drove MONSTER TRUCK is in my pic on the right,that was in new zealand-on the outskirts of queenstown
u feel like u rule the world when u drive this
that must have been a blast please post some pics..

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The GC is 275mm i think and not 275cm. It is huge indeed but the Escalade standing next to it is King-Kong huge!!
thanks mate that a typo...yes the escalade is huge but am not sure of the measurements, still i feel the GMC Yukon is the biggest.The Arabs have something called 'Size envy' where their car should be bigger than the neighbors!!, and if they have the same car then they compete on the rim sizes!!..22" wheels anyone...thats norm in the middle east.

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That the best man, you must have had a bigger blast as you have driven that behemoth in India!!
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The biggest car/suv/passenger vehicle I've driven is the Ford Excursion with the International V-8 powerstroke engine. The biggest vehicle i've driven would be a Semi tractor trailer.
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Bloody show off!!
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Nice! I like the Armada.Its huge,its comfortable,and its Japanese!
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Bloody show off!!

hehehehe,dude i read the title & the first thing that came to my mind was the rolls. Motae.... Contessa bhi chalai hai,lol!
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Contessa!

P.S. - That Armada reminds me of Sumo Grande!

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here is another behemoth, the GMC Yukon. Slightly bigger than the Armada!

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