The new Murano has a dynamic body design that is highlighted by elegant flowing surfaces and curves. The silhouette stretches like one seamless motion from the aggressive front bumper to the rear bumper. In front, quad-cylinder style High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional headlights are integrated with the wide front signature Murano grille. 3D concave surface body sides provide a beautiful contrast with the sculpted fenders, while the unique window silhouette - with the rear edge heading upward - provides another example of the new generation design's "Murano-ness."
Inside, the unique, asymmetrically-designed cockpit offers a rugby-ball-like shape which is like no other vehicle in class. The new "three-dimensional beauty" instrument panel features large Fine Vision meters with improved, along with new ring lighting. The centre cluster utilizes genuine aluminium and chrome trim while the centre console combines a substantial look with soft touch materials for a luxurious impression. The door trim, with stitched armrests, is also made of genuine aluminium and soft padding, which is integrated with the instrument panel to embrace the driver and passenger in style and comfort.
The interior environment, developed from the perspective of providing clean air without irritating the occupants' skin, utilizes a mild-flow air-conditioning system, which directs gentle airflow rearward without striking the passengers directly.
In the rear, the roomy seats provide a welcoming atmosphere with a comfortable seat shape and fabric. The 60/40-split folding automatic rear seat can be folded by pulling levers located at both sides, and reversed by just pushing the automatic recovery button.
A foldable cargo organizer enables the luggage area floorboard to be opened at the flip of a switch, with special partition nets holding cargo in place while driving. The Murano's remote-controlled automatic back door opens and closes at the touch of a switch, either from the driver's seat or the remote-control key.
The open interior feeling is enhanced by an optional dual-pane moonroof featuring a power sliding glass roof with inner sunshades over both the front and rear seats. An 11-speaker BOSE sound audio system, which delivers concert-hall-like sound quality - reproducing the sounds of musical instruments and singing voices with real 3D quality. In Japan, the new Murano is also available with an advanced HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system featuring a touchscreen for greatly improved ease of operation. The system incorporates enhanced entertainment capabilities, including a music box and DVD audio/video playback, and includes Bluetooth.
Two systems help the driver see better around the vehicle, enhancing safety. The advanced side blind-spot monitor helps provides visual assistance by reducing the left front blind spot when positioning the car alongside the curb, parking or meeting oncoming traffic on a narrow road. The back-view monitor utilizes a small CCD camera to offer a color view of the area behind the car, which is displayed on Murano's navigation system monitor.
The new Murano has advanced powetrain and chassis combination which is anchored by Nissan's proven QR25DE 4-cylinder and VQ35DE V6 engines paired with Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and rigid D-platform. The QR25DE engine achieves improved output and fuel-efficiency through reduced friction. Torque and output are also enhanced throughout a wide speed range by enlarging the radius of intake and exhaust ports and an increased compression ratio.
The Xtronic CVT includes a new Adaptive Shift Control which controls the shift timing according to the driver's personal driving style and the driving environment in order to optimize both performance and fuel economy.
The Nissan D-platform helps optimize the balance between a flat, comfortable ride and the quiet, superb handling and stability of a premium class sedan. High rigidity is achieved by adopting a new joint member structure and strengthening the link between the front shock absorbers, along with enlarging the rear joint member, strengthening the link between shock absorbers and adding a rear cross member.
Special sound-absorbing materials have been added throughout the body, effectively reducing or blocking outside noises. New floor carpeting with improved sound absorption effect reduces the noise from the below the vehicle, along with deflectors located under body, which decrease under-floor wind noise. Additional quietness at high speeds is improved by optimizing the design and positioning of the rear muffler.
In Japan, the new Muranos price starts from 3,150,000 yen (about RM102,375). As ETCM has been offering the Murano in limited numbers for the past couple of years, it is likely that the new generation will eventually be in the showrooms. The Malaysian-Japan FTA provides for reduced import duties for models with engines 2.5 litres and larger so the new Muranos pricetag may be more attractive when it arrives here.