Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano
Date:1 November 2009 Tags:

Crossing over

Having established a loyal customer base with their first Murano, Nissan clearly weren’t going to mess with a winning formula. But that doesn’t mean same old, same old. Their new crossover SUV (who invented this category, anyway?) retains the DNA of the original but is measurably better in several respects, especially in terms of handling and power. Interestingly, its fuel consumption has dropped from 12 litres/100 km to 10,9 litres/100 km.

Power is provided by a 3,5-litre petrol V6 engine churning out 191 kW and 336 N.m. It’s coupled to an updated version of Nissan’s X-Tronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) – an acquired taste for some, but undoubtedly effective and disconcertingly smooth in operation.

How about the design? Well, the Murano’s nose certainly makes a bold statement and, according to Nissan, every body panel is new. However, the crossover’s trademark triangular rear-side window lines are intact. Inside the cabin, the attention to detail is impressive, as is the list of luxury features. Press a button, and the tailgate opens. Press another, and the rear seatbacks drop down. Okay, but does it all come together? Yes.

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