Following in the tracks of the Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue Winter Warrior concepts, the Nissan 370Zki gets enormous Dominator rear snow tracks from American Track Truck, but also dons front skis that are 56 inches long and 12 inches wide.
"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. Before its Chicago Show appearance, Nissan put the 370Zki to the test on the on the slopes of Wyoming. To make everything fit, Nissan had to remove the entire drivetrain from the 370Z Roadster while the company fabricated a custom 3-inch lift kit, which required custom mounts for the rear suspension.
Nissan 370Z Snowmobile Ready to Ski into Chicago
To create the 370Zki, Nissan removed the sports car's driveline, raised the ride height by three inches, created custom mounts for the rear springs, and bolted on a set of three-inch wheel spaces. The factory brakes were retained but the brake lines, as well as the exhaust system, had to be rerouted underneath the vehicle. The rear wheel wells were also modified for clearance of the four-foot-long snow tracks. In addition, new adaptors were also installed to allow the front suspension to have the right travel and rotation for the tracks.
Nissan has used the Chicago Auto Show as an opportunity to unleash the Nissan 370Zki - it's pronounced 370 ski, get it? - snowmobile/concept vehicle. The second-generation Nissan Armada is a re-engineered version of the worldwide Y62 Patrol. There's a vinyl body wrap and yellow tints on the headlights, and that's about it.