Nissan wanted to be unique; and they did it with the new Murano CrossCabriolet; the world’s only crossover convertible revealed today at Los Angeles Show. Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is only available in one version: 3,5 liter V6 AWD priced at $46,390. The only available options include: Carmel interior $500, Cashmere & brown top interior $500 and splash quads $125.
In order to transform a crossover into a convertible model Nissan added new front doors (7.9 inches longer than 4-door Murano front doors) and has eliminated the B-pillars. The cloth convertible top includes a rear glass skylight, helping create a wide-open interior environment even with the top in the closed position.
The difference between this and a standard Murano is also given by High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights with auto on/off function, front fog lights and Nissan 370Z-inspired LED taillights, body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles, body-colored dual power/heated outside mirrors, and rear window defroster with timer.
The Murano CrossCabriolet is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 producing 265 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a standard second-generation Xtronic CVT™ with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). It comes equipped with 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and G-sensor.
Nissan US have announced the asking price for the second generation Murano SUV. They are currently on sale in the various options and equipment levels as designated below, however, all are equipped with the same 260 BHP detuned 3.5 liter V6 from the 370Z and Xtronic CVT auto transmission. Our choice would be the diesel which, unfortunately, is not available in the US due to the poor gas mileage from the thirsty V6. Invest in a FWD model, if you’re not going off road, with the SV spec package. This package includes all that you really need without the novelties that you’ll get bored of, but will still be paying for.
As a little refresher, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a new grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights. It also comes with a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.
Pricing starts from $28,500 USD to around $39,140 USD depending on how many ticks you make in the options list.
The 2011 Murano will go on sale in mid-October featuring a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design, and a number of interior and content refinements. For 2011, Murano will be offered in eight well-equipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD.
On the exterior, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a bolder grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights, a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.
Under the hood there is a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine that delivers a total of 260 HP and 240 lb-ft of torque mated to an advanced Xtronic CVT transmission.
Updated 10/12/2010: Nissan today announced prices for the refreshed 2011 Murano Crossover SUV, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. prices start as follows: Murano S FWD $28,500 USD, Murano SV FWD $31,910 USD, Murano SL FWD $35,450 USD; Murano LE FWD $37,540 USD; Murano S AWD $30,100 USD; Murano SV AWD $33,510 USD; Murano SL AWD $37,050 USD and Murano LE AWD $39,140 USD.
At first we thought it was a massive joke because we sure laughed like it was one, but apparently Nissan was serious. The company has already shown it has massive cojones with the crazy styling of the Juke, but this new Murano convertible is one level up.
We expect to see the Murano convertible at theLos Angeles Auto Show , sporting a soft top and two doors. We had originally thought that a four-door might be hard to pull off, so a two-door configuration makes sense. This leaves us to think that the production model will look a little like a Japanese PT Cruiser convertible , which isn’t a good look for anything. Hopefully Nissan’s design team can think of something to make this thing a bit more stylish.
The workers over at Nissan are smart people and they understand the unusual aspect of this new car. "It’s not going to be a volume car," said Brian Carolin, Nissan North America Inc.’s senior vice president for sales and marketing to Automotive News. "But there’s a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now. It will surprise a lot of people."
The normal Murano is a strong seller, with 34,141 examples sold through July.
If you thought the now dearly departed Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible was bad, wait till you see this. Many thought it to be just a hoax, but apparently Nissan is bringing a Murano two-door convertible to the Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s right, the crossover SUV is getting its roof chopped off.
Inside Line is reporting that the Murano Convertible will go on sale in the spring of 2011, just in time for warm weather and top down driving in your new convertible crossover.
Nissan is having a weird month. They hit it big with the Juke and now they are trying everything in the book of oddness. Vitamin C air vents, sofas for seats, , and now this, a Murano convertible aimed at people who want to feel the wind in their hair and still drive an SUV. This is a major risk and we aren’t too sure it’s going to work for them. Give them credit for thinking outside of the box though.
Nissan Europe has unveiled official details on the 2011 Murano diesel version. The new Murano diesel will go on sale in September, and in the UK, it is priced at £37,795.
The new diesel version is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 190 Hp and 450Nm at just 2,000rpm and delivers a fuel economy of 35.3mpg.
Nissan developing a diesel version of their crossover is not the only news they are bringing us today. We are happy to inform you that the 2011 model will receive a few exterior upgrades as well. The 2011 Murano will get a new front end with a larger air intake surface and a redesigned bumper that will now offer a more generous air intake and will incorporate new fog lamps. Standard equipment will include 20-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate and color rear, Nissan Connect Premium satellite navigation system with 7” touchscreen, HDD 9.3 Gb music server, ipod, Bluetooth, and aux connectivity combined with premium 11 speaker BOSE system and the option of rear seat DVD entertainment system.
The new diesel version will add a rear privacy glass, bi-xenon headlamps, cruise control, and Murano’s signature electrically folding rear seats.
The Nissan Murano SUV is scheduled to be built at Nissan’s St. Petersburg production facility in Russia, the Japanese automaker recently announced.
This is good news for Nissan and the employment line in the St. Petersburg plant, which will see an increase in job opportunities sometime in June to accommodate the impending production start of the Murano sometime in 2011. According to Nissan, the decision to produce the Murano SUV in St. Petersburg, which will then be sold exclusively in Russia, will result in a spike in employment from 850 employees to about 1,450 employees. In addition to that, Nissan is planning to add a second shift to expedite the production of all the models being built in St. Petersburg.
As it stands, Nissan has sold around 9,000 Muranos in Russia since the SUV made its debut in the country a little over four years ago and with the production of the car being done in local soil, the company expects to see an upswing in sales in the near future.
First launched in 2003, the Murano SUV is entering the 2009 MY with a new exterior, interior and enhanced technology. For 2009, Murano is being offered in five different versions: S 2WD, S AWD, SL 2WD, SL AWD and LE AWD, with prices ranging from $27,680 to $37,260.
For 2009, Murano comes with a wide front end with a dynamic front fascia design, a wide grille with large integrated headlights, strong body side character lines with pronounced 18-inch or 20-inch wheels and tires and a distinctive rear end set off by an expansive rear glass area and LED taillights.
The 2009 Murano is powered by a revised 265-hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6 backed by a new advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), with a front-wheel drive or an advanced all-wheel drive drivetrain. Murano also features a new D-platform, as well as new suspension, body structure and state-of-the-art steering for improved ride comfort and precise handling.
The Japanese automaker Nissan is preparing a limited edition of their Murano SUV. The special edition convertible will be a four-door drop top set to arrive at dealerships before next summer.
The convertible Murano will feature a traditional soft top in order to keep both the weight and cost down. The SUV will keep the current 3.5 Liter V6 making 265 HP, and will change gears thanks to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). When it hits the market, the rag top Murano will be offered with both front and all-wheel drive layouts.
However; the question remains, what motivated Nissan to do this?
Nissan today announced pricing on the 20010 Armada SUV and also a new value package for the 2009 Murano. The 2010 Armda will go on sale in mid May and prices will start from $37,210 for the 2010 Armada 4x2 SE and $42,810 for the Armada 4x4 SE.
The new 360 package for Murano is priced at $1,450 and adds: Nissan Intelligent Key™, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, iPod® adaptor, metallic-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, silver-finish roof rails and Murano’s signature dual-panel moonroof. It is available only for the Murano SL FWD or AWD with Premium and Leather packages.