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Nissan's next Murano unveiled

2014-04-16 12:47

NISSAN'S NEXT FLAGSHIP:Nissan’s next Murano has been tailored for the US market though not yet confirmed for SA .Image: Newspress


Road test: 2012 Nissan Murano

Nissan is introducing a new version of its flagship SUV - the Murano. The new Murano stems from the Resonance concept, first shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

It’s hoped the new Murano will continue Nissan’s strong heritage of SUV crossover vehicles such as its Qashqai, X-Trail and Juke.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Nissan Murano

The most prominent feature carried forward from the Resonance concept is the V-Motion grille within the front bumper, whilst retaining the boomerang headlights and floating roof design.

Nissan’s designers have worked heavily on aerodynamics and the Murano is longer, lower and wider than before though sports a 16% improvement in overall aerodynamics producing a figure of 0.31Cd.


The 2015 Murano will be powered by a 3.5-litre DOHC V6 191kW/325Nm and advanced Xtronic transmission said to “make shifting smoother”. Fuel economy is expected to be improved by 20% compared  to the outgoing model due to the approximate 59kg overall weight reduction, enhanced aerodynamics and engine/transmission efficiencies.

Inside, Nissan says they have tried to produce an inviting and comfortable atmosphere with a lounge styled interior and seating arrangement. It’s done away with the overuse of buttons on the centre control by reducing the number of switches by 60% and increasing the display size of the touch screen to 20cm.

Conversation between front and rear occupants is encouraged by the new Murano's "communication alley" created by the wide, low centre console. The console also includes a compartment for rear occupants' smartphone. There is also an available USB port for the rear seats that allows for control of music and display, along with ample storage areas and compartments throughout the interior.


The new Murano incorporates four cameras (front, rear and side) and three radar systems (one front and two side) to provide input to a range of available technologies, including blind spot warning, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and intelligent cruise control.

Parking a new Murano is made easier with its “around view monitor” with moving object detection, which is designed to reduce the normal complexity of parallel parking by giving an all-around view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras.

The new Murano will be built in the USA and has been tailored specifically for that market. Nissan South Africa said that the new Murano is not yet confirmed for our shores.

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