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Ahead of its planned LA Auto Show debut, Nissan's 2009 Murano is doing the sneak preview thing courtesy of the NICOclub forums where these pics originated. They've since been posted on GM Inside News and FreshAlloy.com, as well. Clearly not wanting to mess with success, the CUV's general overall shape, as well as that of its side glass, is fundamentally the same. The '09 gets more muscular, Rogue-ish wheel flares, taillamps that extend into the rear hatch, and a new front end that makes silver Muranos look kinda like the updated Cylon centurions from Battlestar Galactica. We don't get a good view of the passenger cabin, other than to see a panoramic roof is obviously an option. Hopefully the current car's chintzy-looking gauge cluster got flushed in the revamp, too.

[Source: NICOclub.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      wow! a Hyundai Veracruz...wait, I thought I typed in "NISSAN MURANO". Is this a november fools joke?

      seriously, this is extremely too korean for my tastes.
      I guess that's why they make the pathfinder though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the front end looks exactly like the euro honda civic hatch which actually looks great especially compared to the lame civics we get (including si) but on the murano i don't think it's as good but i don't think it's bad...the current design is better though
      • 7 Years Ago
      if you have Citroens, Fiats, or Lancias, YES YOU DO have ugly cars like that in your country
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I think it looks great. Not a fan of SUV's myself but the wife might be interested. As mentioned above, Nissan hit a home run with the first Murano and I'd expect the same success with the new one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Murano was well ahead of its time when introduced. Nissan has sold a gazillion of them. Why mess with success?

      We knocked it off our list because of poor rear visibility, an awful CVT transmission and the bargain basement interior. They have not dealt with the first, and it's too early to know about the latter two.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with Gardiner, the Murano's exterior was ahead of its time, so why change it as others are starting to catch up with its styling? For example Hyundai, Toyota and GM are crimping from the Murano's original styling for their CUVs. Sure, some revisions to the Murano are necessary, but no need to radically change it yet.

        As for the general consensus on this board, I think it has to do with most of us being men. I personally hated the design at first, but my wife loved it. All of her friends thought it was cooler than their boxy Ford, GM and Honda SUVs when we got ours 2.5 years ago. In that time, as the other brands began to head toward similar designs, its grown on me. Whether we like it or not, our wives are often considered the so-called "moral authority" in the house meaning they make or are involved in most of the major purchase decisions -- especially with cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I always found the interior on my friend's mom's Murano to be nice, dunno how a quality leather interior is "bargain basement" the CVT was weird, but always seemed to work well when I drove the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      They better not screw up the 2009 Infiniti FX37 and FX50 or I will be forced to by an Enclave as it's getting time for me to trade in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i really cant stand that 'flat sided wheel well' look that nissan is moved all there cars off to.
      yea that nose is awful.
      rear is ok, just like every other cross dresser vehicle though.
      love that roof.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is funny that everyone is saying it looks like a RAV 4. This Murano looks just like the old Murano. The RAV 4 is the one that looks like the Murano.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is ugly and we all know it to be true. The current model was a edgy design back in '03. This is just Nissan's version of freshening a dated design. It is a Gremlin for sure. And to be fair...most Nissans and Infinitis have low rent interiors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that front end is terrible, love the rest of it though
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's a nice, fairly safe update. It sharpens up the nose, and the sculpting around the wheel wells is reminiscent of Toyota's work on the 08 Highlander (http://www.toyota.com/highlander/exterior.html). But I cannot bring myself to buy one because of that stupid rear quarter window. I had one as a dealer loaner once, and I almost got into several accidents backing out of parking spaces because I couldn't see out the tiny part of the window around the cars parked next to me. Very stylish, but very unsafe, imo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with hoff. Why are so many cars and suvs using the upkink in the back. It's a reference to the Gremlin, which wasn't a great car. It doesn't really make it look faster. It only makes it impossible to park. Oh, it also gives rear seat passengers claustrophobia, also bad.

        I did see that the Tribeca got rid of the Gremlin window. Subaru probably got a lot of complaints about it and changed it for the update. Why couldn't Nissan?
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