The last time we found ourselves strapped behind the steering wheel of a Nissan Murano, we wrote the following:
A perfect powertrain... for the United States, perhaps. As we all know, diesel is the name of the game across the pond in Europe, and Nissan has never offered its attractive midsize crossover with an oil burner. Until now, that is. For the 2011 model year, Nissan has fitted the Murano with an optional 2.5-liter four cylinder diesel powerplant that musters up 190 horsepower and over 330 pound-feet of torque (450 newton meters).What the Murano engineers did right was the powertrain. The matchmaker who hooked up the VQ with the Xtronic CVT deserves a promotion. In fact, after spending countless hours with the pair, we observed that it just may be the perfect mechanical marriage for this vehicle.
This new torque-rich engine finds itself mated up with a six-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control in lieu of the gasoline-powered model's continuously variable unit. This combination delivers estimated fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon U.S. (35.3 mpg UK) on the Combined Cycle while emitting 210 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per kilometer. These figures are no doubt aided by the Murano's first electric power regeneration system.
That's not the only update our European friends get that we've yet to see in the States. Taking a close look at our high-res image gallery will reveal a new front fascia that Nissan claims was engineered to provide additional cooling airflow to the new diesel engine. It remains to be seen if the new toothy grin will show up in other markets, like, uh... ours. In any case, the diesel-equipped 2011 Murano will start at £37,795 in the UK. See the complete press release after the break.