If you’ve never ever filled the interior of your automobile all the way to the ceiling, rendering your rearview mirror and windows ineffective, you’re either fortunate or being dishonest. For everybody else, Nissan wishes to make your life a little bit simpler and much safer with the Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM), making its launching on the 2018 Armada fullsize SUV.
At first blush, the interior mirror looks standard, with reflective glass, three universal remote buttons, and what appears like a day/night glare switch mounted in the housing. However flipping that switch rather activates a special LCD monitor, firing up a cam mounted to the back of the Armada. The mirror eliminates obstacles, similar to interior headrests and tall cargo, from view, offering the driver with a much clearer image of exactly what’s behind. Moreover, the display and camera reputedly enhance rear exposure in low-light conditions. It likewise activates, even while at speed, providing the driver with a turned, mirror-appropriate view out back.
I-RVM will be readily available in the 2018 Armada Platinum, and Nissan declares it’s the only car in the non-luxury fullsize segment to boast such innovation. The whole Armada lineup gets a few added functions for 2018 too, with even the base SV model getting NissanConnect, an 8-inch infotainment screen, HD Radio, and included USB connection, among other niceties.
The 2018 Nissan Armada SV 2WD begins at $45,600, where as the midgrade Armada SL begins at $50,350– each price represents a $700 boost over 2017. The Armada Platinum begins at $58,690, up $1,100. 4×4 is optional across the Armada lineup, including $2,900 down line of each trim level. With the 2018 Armada requiring a few more cents than the new-for-2017 variation, you’ll need to choose for yourself if the included goodies that deserve the money.