Nissan has today unveiled its second generation Murano, a car it claims was key to establishing the entire crossover genre.
The new model boasts a ‘super evolutionary’ design with not a single body panel carried over from the old model despite its similar appearance.
Once again the options list has been diluted simply to metallic paint, with an extensive level of standard specifications across its two model range.
The distinguishing feature of each model comes down to a mutually exclusive choice, with customers given the option of either an electric sunshine roof or roof-mounted DVD player.
All Murano customers will enjoy 18 inch alloys, Birdview DVD satellite navigation with TMC, rear privacy glass, bi-xenon headlamps, cruise control and an in-dash six-disc CD player with aux-in socket for MP3 players.
This is complimented by Nissan’s Intelligent Key which allows for remote keyless access and custom powered driver’s seat and steering wheel memory setting.
Only one audio system is specified with the new Murano – luckily though it’s a Bose premium system with 10-channel amp and 11 carefully positioned speakers, including a pair of Richbass woofers mounted in the spare wheel well.
The original model helped pioneer the addition of rear-view cameras on all SUVs, the new model takes this concept one step further with a curb camera in the passenger door mirror which displays the area beside the car on screen at low speeds.
The rear seats feature a 60/40 folding design which simply operated by a lever, however restoring them to their original position is even easier – at the touch of a button the seats automatically adjust themselves back into position in just 8 seconds.
This functionality extends to the rear tailgate which can be opened or closed electronically via a button on the key fob, dashboard or tailgate itself.
Under the bonnet is Nissan’s VQ 24-valve twin cam 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine which now features variable induction and continuous valve timing control systems, returning a combined fuel consumption figure of 9.0-litres per 100km.
Performance has been increased by 16kW to 188kW while peak torque rises to 334Nm at 4400 rpm, the end result is almost a full second shaved off its 0 to 100km/h sprint which now takes just 8.0 seconds.
An all-mode 4×4-I technology system has been closely integrated with the ESP and distributes torque on demand to where it’s needed – under normal driving conditions that means predominantly to the front wheels, but up to 50 per cent can be sent to the rear if required.
Australian specific specifications and pricing are yet to be revealed.