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Nissan to carve up Chicago with Armada Snow Patrol and tracked 370Zki

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The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki project vehicles are being shown at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki project vehicles are being shown at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki project vehicles are being shown at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki project vehicles are being shown at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
We like calling it the “Znowmobile” because it fits with the 370Zki name Nissan gave this project
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We like calling it the “Znowmobile” because it fits with the 370Zki name Nissan gave this project
The 390-hp (291-kW) Armada should have no trouble towing the little 332-hp (248-kW) 370Z Roadster "snowmobile"
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The 390-hp (291-kW) Armada should have no trouble towing the little 332-hp (248-kW) 370Z Roadster "snowmobile"
The 370Zki takes the 370Z Roadster and turns it into a snowmobile
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The 370Zki takes the 370Z Roadster and turns it into a snowmobile
A big lift and some fender widening were required to make the 370Zki ride on those tracks
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A big lift and some fender widening were required to make the 370Zki ride on those tracks
The 370Z emblem on the 370Zki is a note that the car is itself unmodified outside of the obvious
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The 370Z emblem on the 370Zki is a note that the car is itself unmodified outside of the obvious
The 370Z's standard drivetrain remains to power the 370Zki project car, even with all of the other heavy mods made 
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The 370Z's standard drivetrain remains to power the 370Zki project car, even with all of the other heavy mods made 
You're going to need a helmet to drive the open-top Nissan 370Zki project car
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You're going to need a helmet to drive the open-top Nissan 370Zki project car
Everything found on the 370Zki can be purchased aftermarket and fitted to most any vehicle
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Everything found on the 370Zki can be purchased aftermarket and fitted to most any vehicle
The 370Zki definitely looks like fun
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The 370Zki definitely looks like fun
The bodyrwrap on the 370Zki project car was done by Icon Image Graphics
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The bodyrwrap on the 370Zki project car was done by Icon Image Graphics
The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol project car has customized upholstery to match
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The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol project car has customized upholstery to match
In case you weren't sure what it is, Nissan added this handy graphic to the hood
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In case you weren't sure what it is, Nissan added this handy graphic to the hood
Everything mounted on the Armada Snow Patrol is available as an aftermarket, off-the-shelf add-on for the vehicle
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Everything mounted on the Armada Snow Patrol is available as an aftermarket, off-the-shelf add-on for the vehicle
Although it's not obvious, the big SUV received a substantial body lift to accommodate larger wheels and huge tires
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Although it's not obvious, the big SUV received a substantial body lift to accommodate larger wheels and huge tires
The bumper and winch shown are off-the-shelf items available for the Nissan Armada at aftermarket dealers
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The bumper and winch shown are off-the-shelf items available for the Nissan Armada at aftermarket dealers
Under the hood, the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol project vehicle is the same as any production Armada
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Under the hood, the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol project vehicle is the same as any production Armada
Extreme capability in a family vehicle is what Nissan says the Armada Snow Patrol emphasizes
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Extreme capability in a family vehicle is what Nissan says the Armada Snow Patrol emphasizes
Most of the Armada Snow Patrol's aftermarket changes are from companies like Pro Comp
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Most of the Armada Snow Patrol's aftermarket changes are from companies like Pro Comp
Taking the Armada Snow Patrol out in the white must be some serious fun
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Taking the Armada Snow Patrol out in the white must be some serious fun
You can take the Armada Snow Patrol project vehicle skiing
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You can take the Armada Snow Patrol project vehicle skiing
The Armada Snow Patrol will be on display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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The Armada Snow Patrol will be on display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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Nissan debuted a redesigned Armada (Patrol outside the US) at last year's Chicago Auto Show. This year, Nissan will arrive with the extreme weather and terrain capable Armada Snow Patrol, which will appear alongside a sportier snow-themed vehicle – the custom-made "370Zki" (pronounced 370 ski) one-off "snowmobile" constructed from a 370Z roadster.

The Armada Snow Patrol sees a 2018 Armada lifted by Pro Comp to add about two inches up front and an inch in back to the overall body clearance, which allowed the larger wheels (20x9 Cognito Series 61) and huge Pro Comp MT2 extreme tires (35x12.5R20s) to be put on the SUV. An M1A2 off-road bumper and grille protection bar, 12,000-lb (5,443-kg) winch, and overfenders were also added, as were light bars, extended running boards, a roof rack, side steps (so mountaineering isn't required to get in), and some fog lights.

"The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts – thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin--showing owners how easy it is to take their family adventures to the next level even in some of winter's most severe conditions," says Billy Hayes, division vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America.

The 390-hp (291-kW) Armada should have no trouble towing the little 332-hp (248-kW) 370Z Roadster "snowmobile" – or should that be "Znowmobile" – that will also be on display in Chicago. Nissan is not a newcomer when it comes to adding tracks to its vehicles, having applied them to the Rogue Warrior for the snow and desert in recent times, but this year the automaker has opted for a little more sportiness.

Removing the tires and wheels from the 370Z Roadster, Nissan's project team installed Dominator Tracks from American Track Truck on the rear, while special snowmobile-style skis were fitted to the steering knuckles up front. The whole car was lifted by about three inches to accommodate and allow clearance for these changes.

From there, a cosmetic body wrap was put on and the wheel wells were opened for more space. The car is otherwise factory-spec. And if you want to enjoy the icy fresh air, it comes with a cloth power-folding roof.

Both the 370Zki and Armada Snow Patrol will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show from February 10 to 19.

Source: Nissan [1, 2]

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