NISSAN has pulled the covers off its Armada Mountain Patrol overlander, or, as us Aussies would call it, a kitted-out Y62.
The one-off build was revealed recently at the spectacular Red Rock Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, with Nissan Truck’s unveiling the rig via Facebook in time for the 2018 Overland Expo WEST.
The Armada – Y62 Patrol – build was driven by the brand’s social media followers and enthusiasts, with Nissan Trucks putting the call out on its Facebook and Instagram pages for assistance with equipment and modification selection, including design touches, tyre specs and camping kit.
Following the trial by social media, a four-person Mt. Shasta roof-top tent from Cascadia Vehicle Tents won the popular vote and was plonked atop the Mountain Patrol. The tent runs in tandem with a custom awning supplied by Rhino Racks and additional pop-up tent, sleeping bag and chairs from Alps Mountaineering.
Changes were few beneath the hood, with a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system added to help the Armada’s 5.6-litre 298kW V8 breathe easier.
“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 Brandon White, director, chief marketing manager, Nissan North America. “For that reason, only minimal modifications were made to the factory Armada drivetrain.”
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For comfort and convenience, the Mountain Patrol was fitted with a Lowrance navigation system, a Rugged Radios off-road radio system, a Rhino Racks aluminium back-bone pioneer tray, an ARB pull-out drawer system, Pelican gear cases, a Dometic refrigerator/freezer, and Otterbox Venture coolers. Nitto Ridge Grapplers 35/12.25/17 tyres wrap around 17-inch Icon Rebound wheels.
Other additions include Calmini rock sliders; a spare tyre swing-away; custom front and rear heavy-duty steel bumpers; a 12,000lb Warn Platinum Series winch; rack-mounted MaxTrax; a Hi-lift jack; Rhino Rack shovels; RotoPak auxiliary fuel storage; and Baja Designs’ roof-mounted LED light bar, bumper-mounted fog lights and wheel-well lighting. Social media “experts” also voted for Rocket West Off-Road’s unique body wrap.
Thanks to the guidance of enthusiasts, the eight-seater not only looks beaut but is set-up to traverse troublesome terrain, as Brandon White, director, chief marketing manager, Nissan North America, explained.
“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 is adventure taken to new heights,” he said.
The one-off special will debut on May 18-20 at the Overland Expo West in the Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Arizona.