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  • Nissan Murano
  • Year:
    2015- 2016
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    260
  • Torque @ RPM:
    240
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    29660
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The Murano is Nissan’s halo vehicle for its range of crossovers and SUVs, and for 2015, Nissan ushered in the third-generation model. On the outside, the new Murano showcases Nissan’s new design language, featuring a larger, more defined grille, sporty headlights, and a sleek but aggressive front fascia. The side profile is muscular and sculpted compared to the outgoing model, featuring flared rear quarters wraparound taillights, and some sport trim inserts. Around back, the Murano got taillight units that mirror the headlights up front, a taller rear fascia with dual exhaust outlets, and a rear hatch that defines the entire look of the new SUV. Borrowing inspiration from the Resonance Concept, the interior has been completely redesigned with a lower sitting instrument panel, an eight-inch color touchscreen and Zero Gravity seats as standard equipment. The same 3.5-liter engine carries over from the previous generation, but the new Murano is said to be 20-percent more efficient thanks to a decrease in weight and the improved Xtronic transmission.

So, with a new look and a premium interior, the new Murano definitely moves away from its unconventional look of the past. The interior is now more spacious, and there is a host of new safety and connective technology features that just screams premium luxury. Of course, that should come as no surprise considering the Murano has some pretty stiff competition from models like the Toyota Highlander and Acura RDX. Does the new Murano have what it takes to take on such a strong and competitive segment? Find out for yourself with our full review below.

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2017 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

This year’s Chicago Auto Show is shaping up to be a bonanza of special edition models, with every other debut being some sort of tweaked and tuned car, truck, or crossover. Nissan is no different, announcing that no less than five models will now enjoy the Midnight Edition special trimmings. Originally slated solely for the Maxima SR trim grade, the Midnight Edition package now makes its way to the Murano mid-size crossover, bearing visual updates like blacked-out wheels, trim pieces, and aero, as well as offering optional special edition floor mats.

In addition to the Murano, the Midnight Edition package can also be had with the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder, not to mention the original Maxima as well. The move makes sense for a number of reasons – not only are blacked-out special editions particularly popular right now, but Nissan has divulged that the original Midnight Edition package was included in an impressive 85 percent of sales when it was originally just for the Maxima SR. As such, it makes sense to extend the styling tweaks to the models that make up the majority of Nissan’s U.S. sales.

For the Murano, the Midnight Edition package was made available for the Platinum trim level, the highest in the range. Like the other Midnight Edition models, the Murano Midnight Edition gets new wheels, a black spoiler, black side-view mirrors, and optional special edition floor mats.

The Murano’s exclusive wheels come with a 20-inch diameter and are made from aluminum alloy. The Murano’s roof rails were also painted black for the package, as are the splash guards behind the wheels. The unique floor mats get Midnight Edition badging and a dark coloring.

Speaking of hue, the Midnight Package was originally only offered with black for the exterior body panels, but now it can be added to models painted in Pearl White Cayenne Red, Gun Metallic, and Magnetic Black.

Interestingly, Nissan says adding the package will actually save a few bucks when compared to optioning in all the extras piece by piece. The package is on sale now and retails for $1,195, while the Murano Platinum trim level (sans-Midnight Edition) starts at $39,610.

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Nissan's Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

Nissan’s Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

A total of six Nissan models will eligible to get the Midnight Package

In a day and age where add-on packages and accessories have become commonplace in the auto industry, Nissan is doing its part to ensure that its customers are taken cared of in that regard. The Japanese automaker unveiled its Midnight Edition package last year on the Maxima sedan and after incessant public demand. In fact, 85 percent of Maxima SR sales come with the Midnight Edition package. Nissan is now expanding the availability of the package to six of its current models, including the Maxima.

Together with Nissan’s full-sized sedan, the Midnight Edition package is now available on the Altima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra.

Naturally, the specific changes vary depending on the model. The Sentra, for example, gets a set of 17-inch wheels as opposed to the Pathfinder, which finds itself on the receiving end of a bigger set of 20-inch wheels. But by and large, the blacked-out theme of the package remains consistent across all models.

Prices also vary depending on which model is getting the package, although for the most part, Nissan’s keeping the extra costs relatively affordable as the most expensive versions of the package. The ones for the Altima, Murano, and Pathfinder all cost $1,195. The expanded Midnight Edition package is making its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. And with the exception of the Rogue Midnight Edition, all other editions are already on sale. The package for the Rogue will be available beginning in March 2017.

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2016 Nissan Murano – Driven

2016 Nissan Murano – Driven

Practicality & comfort reign supreme

Nissan’s third generation Murano launched for the 2015 model year bringing a new level of luxury and comfort to the brand’s high-volume, midsize, two-row crossover segment. Much of that refinement is thanks to the parts sharing between the Murano and the latest generation Maxima sedan. Ample passenger room, loads of cargo space, and the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 are all instantly recognizable in this crossover.

Nothing changes for 2016, including the Murano’s bold, futuristic styling and plush interior. Nissan gives its customers four trim choices to choose from – six if you count the two trim levels with the hybrid powertrain option. The base S, at $29,740, might rank at the bottom of the Murano list, but it still offers a ton of modern convenience features. Most folks will opt for the mid-range SV and SL trim packages – with the SL offering slightly more standard equipment and available options than the SV. And ranking one step below the Infiniti brand, the Murano Platinum offers all the fine fixin’s like heated and cooled leather seats, LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, and a panoramic moonroof – all for a starting price of $39,180.

I recently had the chance to sample a 2016 Murano decked out in the Platinum trim and fitted with the optional AWD system. The long list of features and standard amenities was astounding, even making the Jaguar F-Pace I drove the week before seem almost basic.

So what’s it like to live with the Nissan Murano? Surprisingly pleasant. Find out why below.

Continue reading for the full review.

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2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid

2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid

Nissan quietly adds two hybrid variants to the Murano lineup

Nissan updated the Murano with its new design language when it ushered in the crossovers third-generation model for the 2015 model year. This brought about a redesigned exterior and interior as well as some new technology that helped to bring the crossover up to par with the rest of its respective segment. It may have done so under the radar, but Nissan actually introduced a hybrid version of the Murano for the 2016 model year, which brings a bump in fuel economy. And, despite the fact that hybridization brings about an electric motor, lithium-ion battery back, and a few other components, the Murano Hybrid has the same passenger and cargo room as all of the non-hybrid models.

The Murano Hybrid is offered in mid-level SL trim or as a range-topping Platinum model. Be that as it may, there are actually very few differences between the two that include different wheels, different headlights, and a few other minor differences. That being the case, the Platinum Hybrid is only $2,050 more that the SL Hybrid – a reasonable premium considering the minor differences, but more on that later. For now, let’s dive on into the hybrid version of Nissan halo vehicle in the crossover segment and see what it brings to the table.

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2016 Nissan "Winter Warrior" Concepts

2016 Nissan "Winter Warrior" Concepts

Three crossover snowmobiles with a go-anywhere attitude

No matter where you live in the U.S., this winter has been a weird one. Some parts of the country are slammed with snow, and sometimes, the usual combination of AWD and cold-weather rubber just won’t cut it. When the white stuff is deep and the interstate looks like a ski resort, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Enter the Winter Warriors – three one-off crossover concepts from Nissan that are here to battle the elements with powder-churning treads and little regard for low-grip conditions.

Slated to debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the one-off Winter Warriors started life as stock-spec examples of the Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue. Nissan then added extreme capability with outrageous new running gear, complemented by a list of out-door accessories and a unique exterior look.

The result is… well, the word extreme certainly comes to mind.

Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of images taken during the Warrior’s official at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check ’Pictures’ tab to see them.

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2015 - 2016 Nissan Murano

2015 - 2016 Nissan Murano

The Murano is Nissan’s halo vehicle for its range of crossovers and SUVs, and for 2015, Nissan ushered in the third-generation model. On the outside, the new Murano showcases Nissan’s new design language, featuring a larger, more defined grille, sporty headlights, and a sleek but aggressive front fascia. The side profile is muscular and sculpted compared to the outgoing model, featuring flared rear quarters wraparound taillights, and some sport trim inserts. Around back, the Murano got taillight units that mirror the headlights up front, a taller rear fascia with dual exhaust outlets, and a rear hatch that defines the entire look of the new SUV. Borrowing inspiration from the Resonance Concept, the interior has been completely redesigned with a lower sitting instrument panel, an eight-inch color touchscreen and Zero Gravity seats as standard equipment. The same 3.5-liter engine carries over from the previous generation, but the new Murano is said to be 20-percent more efficient thanks to a decrease in weight and the improved Xtronic transmission.

So, with a new look and a premium interior, the new Murano definitely moves away from its unconventional look of the past. The interior is now more spacious, and there is a host of new safety and connective technology features that just screams premium luxury. Of course, that should come as no surprise considering the Murano has some pretty stiff competition from models like the Toyota Highlander and Acura RDX. Does the new Murano have what it takes to take on such a strong and competitive segment? Find out for yourself with our full review below.

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2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS

2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honor, the Top Safety Pick Plus safety rating. This comes after the IIHS evaluated five crash categories including moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraint, and the new small overlap crash tests.

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2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS

2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honor, the Top Safety Pick Plus safety rating. This comes after the IIHS evaluated five crash categories including moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraint, and the new small overlap crash tests.

The crossover scored a “Good” rating in all five Top Safety Pick categories, plus offers an optional crash prevention system, which means it qualifies for the Top Safety Pick Plus award. Crash prevention systems are also rated by their effectiveness with either an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating. The Murano scored a superior.

Helping the Murano pass the battery of tests is a bevy of safety equipment, including Nissan’s Advanced Airbag System with its dual-stage deployment, seat belt detectors, and occupant weight sensors. Also present are seat-mounted side airbags up front, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. The front seats also get seat belts with pre-tensioners while the rear seats come with the mandated LATCH child seat hook-ups.

On the preventative side, the Murano is optional with Nissan’s “Safety Shield” technologies, which include Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Driver Attention Alert.

Thanks to the Murano’s IIHS classification of a Top Safety Pick Plus, the crossover will cost less to insure than it otherwise would. That’s certainly a win-win for car buyers in the market for an affordable and safe family vehicle.

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2014 Nissan Murano - Driven

2014 Nissan Murano - Driven

The Nissan Murano arrived in 2003 and it ushered in a new era for Nissan. It was Nissan’s first crossover for the States, and it was supposed to be a more luxurious alternative to the utilitarian products the company offered like the Xterra. It used the same VQ engine that is found in the Maxima and the 350Z, and it was offered with AWD. In 2007 Nissan introduced the second-generation car that was more luxurious, had a pile more standard and available features, and it had some nicer looks. I had a chance to review a 2012 model and I thought it was wonderful to drive. While it was pretty, it didn’t stand out much from the competition, and the available equipment was only on par.

Now for 2015 Nissan has bestowed upon the world an all-new Murano, and it is the mot radical change Nissan has made to any of its models in about it a decade. It makes use of an all-new design that looks to set the future design direction for the whole company, and it looks like a concept car that accidentally hit showrooms. New interior design, a modified CVT transmission, and new standard and optional equipment all come together to create a crossover that is not only the best in Nissan’s lineup, but potentially the best one on sale today.

Nissan gave me the chance to spend a whole week with one of these new five-door family haulers to see if it still drives as good as the old one.

Continue reading to learn more about the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano

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And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

So let’s just get it right out in the air. I don’t think Ferrari or Lamborghini or any other purveyor of exotic metal is the best enthusiast brand. Part of the enthusiast car market is to make great cars that enthusiasts can actually buy. The Miata, the Mustang and the GTI are the kinds of good fun that we can actually buy.

When trying to figure out who the best enthusiast brand is, I didn’t stop at pure numbers. I looked for cool cars, and interesting cars, not just fast ones. I also tried to focus on the more modern petrol head. Back in the 60s every car company was making wacky and crazy cars, but over the years the enthusiast market has kinda dried up a bit.

I almost went with Honda. The CRX, early Si badged cars and the NSX all hit the right buttons, but over the last 15 years or so Honda has really lots its magic. It feels like they started to care more about Consumer Reports scores than steering feel and spoilers, and so they didn’t make the list.

But who was it? You have to hit the jump to find out.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 007 - New York Extravaganza

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 007 - New York Extravaganza

Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R.

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT. We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S.

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

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2014 New York Auto Show Preview

2014 New York Auto Show Preview

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge, Ford, Acura, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

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2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.

So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.

For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.

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2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Murano gets a pricetag

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.

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2011 Nissan Murano

2011 Nissan Murano

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan Murano Convertible To Be Put Into Production?

Nissan Murano Convertible To Be Put Into Production?

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.

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Nissan Set To Unveil Murano Convertible

Nissan Set To Unveil Murano Convertible

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.

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2011 Nissan Murano Diesel

2011 Nissan Murano Diesel

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan to build Murano SUVs in Russia beginning in 2011

Nissan to build Murano SUVs in Russia beginning in 2011

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.

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2009 Nissan Murano

2009 Nissan Murano

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan Murano Convertible will arrive in 2010

Nissan Murano Convertible will arrive in 2010

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?

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Nissan announced prices for 2010 Armada and 2009 Murano 360

Nissan announced prices for 2010 Armada and 2009 Murano 360

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Nissan Murano by Cobra

2009 Nissan Murano by Cobra

For the latest generation of the 2009 Nissan Murano, Cobra, the Dutch manufacturer introduced today its chromed accessories specially developed for the Japanese SUV. The accessories include an elastically 60 mm glossy front guard made

of stainless-steel in order to protect the pedestrians, a new chromed grille, new side sills, a new set of roof rails but also some stylish 20 inch alloy wheels fitted with 245/35 R 20 tires.An optionally available high-beam headlamp kit for the front guard is available, in order to improve the safety. Of course, all the parts have TUV approval!

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2011 Nissan Murano Convertible

2011 Nissan Murano Convertible

Four-door convertibles are a rare breed. The extra area it takes necessary to go topless over a sedan creates safety and structural problems when a roof is not in place. In fact, Lincoln’s 67 Continental was the last sedan convertible to come direct from the factory. But Nissan is thinking about breaking this streak...sorta.

Nissan’s Murano got a redesign this year, but by 2011 it may need to give customers a new reason to visit it in the showroom. So the carmaker is looking to chop the top off the SUV. Nissan will stick with a more traditional soft top to keep weight down. This will help to keep the fuel economy to the current combined city/highway rating of 21 mpg. The standard Murano’s 265 horsepower 3.5L V6 and CVT transmission should remain, with customers being able to choose between front and all-wheel drive.

Don’t expect the 2011 Murano convertible to come cheap. A top-of-the-line 2009 Murano LE with all-wheel drive and an optional navigation system is priced at $39,080 including delivery charges, and the new convertible model will likely sit at the top of the lineup.

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Nissan GT-R will make its European debut in Geneva

Nissan GT-R will make its European debut in Geneva

The 2009 Nissan GT-R will make its European debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Next to it, Nissan will also display the 2009 Murano and the Pivo 2 Concept. European sales for the GT-R will begin in March 2009 and pricing will be announced later.

The 2009 GT-R represents Nissan’s passion for cars and driving, providing exceptional performance thanks to its all-new 3.8 V6 twin-turbo engine, producing 353kW (480PS) and 588Nm, which is transmitted to its four wheels through one of the most advanced all-wheel drive systems ever developed, via a transaxle mounted dual-clutch, paddle-shift operated gearbox.

The 2009 Murano is powered by Nissan’s familiar 3.5-litre VQ engine which has been revised to offer improved performance. Now developing 265PS and 325Nm (240Ib ft) of torque, the 24 valve twin cam V6 provides better performance against the stop watch… and at the fuel pumps.

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2009 Nissan Murano pricing announced

2009 Nissan Murano pricing announced

Nissan North America, Inc. today announced pricing on the all-new, totally redesigned 2009 Nissan Murano crossover with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) $1,500 lower on all models versus the previous generation. The 2009 Murano goes on sale this week at Nissan dealers nationwide.

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2009 Nissan Murano caught testing in Europe

2009 Nissan Murano caught testing in Europe

What is believed to be the new generation Nissan Murano crossover has been spotted in European testing. The current model was introduced to the States in 2003 and to Europe a year later, so it’s due for a change.
Expect the new car to be on the market as a 2009 model, possibly previewed at the Los Angeles auto shows in November or at the Detroit show next January. It is expected to be available in both two and four wheel drive, as does the current version. Reports are that the 2009 (...)

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2007 Nissan Murano Silver Edition

2007 Nissan Murano Silver Edition

Nissan unveiled this week the Murano Stylish Silver Leather Encore. The model features grey leather seating surfaces with aluminum trim bits.
The crossover will be available for Japanese buyers with the silver grille, a feature present only in US variants, and unavailable on any other Japanease Murano. The Stylish Silver package is a popular one that has appeared on a variety of models over time, but Nissan doesn’t give a number for how many numbers will build.
The silver paint is very (...)

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2007 Nissan Murano

2007 Nissan Murano

Realizing that most Suv-owners never venture any further off-pavement than that pothole-riddled side road, car manufacturers are now focused on crossover SUVs, which, as you probably know, emphasize a carlike ride, leaving off-road functionality but a vestige. Nissan’s crossover is the stylish Murano and it’s marketed as an "urban SUV.Murano gets its name from glass art made on islands near Venice.

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Nissan Murano GT-C and 350Z GT-S concepts at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nissan Murano GT-C and 350Z GT-S concepts at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nissan will be showing off in many ways at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (7-9 July) from a race winning 350Z never seen before in Europe to a couple of new, speed themed concept cars making their international debuts. The company will also be making a bid for the title of fastest vehicle at the Festival … with a Nissan Primera.
Not one but two concepts are having their first ever showing at Goodwood this year. If the press and public approve, they could be available in the not so (...)

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2006 Nissan Murano

2006 Nissan Murano

The 2006 Nissan Murano crossover sport utility vehicle continues to uphold the innovative design of combined multipurpose SUV aspects with that of sport sedan ride and performance. Murano is powered by a 245-horsepower* 3.5 -liter DOHC V6 mated to Nissan’s fuel-efficient Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for smooth, quiet acceleration and enhanced fuel efficiency (versus a standard 4-speed automatic transmission).

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