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We'll know for sure in a couple of weeks at the LA Auto Show when the 2009 Nissan Murano doffs the parka it's sporting here, but don't expect earth-shattering changes. It's not like the Murano is looking tired; its sharp looking design will keep it fresh even when it's trading on some beastly backwater of a used car lot somewhere. Brenda Priddy & Co. were able to snag these shots that show off redone ends, but the same basic space capsule in between. We'd expect to see the grille lose a little bit of its "Schick-ness" and align more closely with the Rogue's front end treatment. Headlamps and taillights look slightly reshaped as well, but at least they kept that rakish profile. Utility be damned, we think it looks hot.
[Source: Straightline, Photo: Brenda Priddy & Co.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      After seeing all the ads and product placements for the Rogue I'll be interested to see if they make as big an advertising push with the new Murano.
      • 7 Years Ago
      nissan is on a roll with almost all of their designs over the past year. this design studio can almost do no wrong.....except for the monotone paint on the rogue, the front end has a euro civic look to it which isnt necessarily bad just different, obviously have to wait to see it uncovered but i like what i see now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        oops i meant that this spy shot appears to have a euro civic front styled end. the rogue is kinda bland
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like the direction Nissan has been taking with their vehicles. I'm a fan of the Rogue and impressed with their marketing campaign (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5PgHAHAoRw). I'm definitely interested to see the Murano and what types of changes they made. I'm sure they'll have a comparable marketing effort for this car as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the direction Nissan is taking...
      • 7 Years Ago
      my wife has one - we just leased it and her favorite feature is the CVT smoth adn bump-less shifting, which is my lease favorite feature, but she's averaging 21.5mpg over the first 3k miles and we're very happy with it.

      I hope Nissan did not mess it up, but I think the current design is going to prove hard to restyle. seems like the rear window got larger, a good thing, but please Nissan don't put the Rogue's front end on it.