• Aug 23, 2010
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Nissan has officially confirmed that the new fascia we saw on the European version of the 2011 Murano will find its way to the land of the free. The look carries a reworked bumper, along with similarly sculpted headlights and a new grille. If you were hoping to see the diesel model crop up on dealer lots in your neck of the woods, we've got bad news – it ain't happening. The oil-burning Murano is still only available to our cousins across the pond, leaving us with the capable 3.5-liter VQ V6 with 250 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque as our only powerplant option.

Even so, Nissan has chucked an additional trim line into the mix. Buyers can now choose between a total of eight variants on the Murano theme, including the new SV FWD and SV AWD trims. The Japanese automaker has thrown in 20-inch wheels, a dual-panel moonroof and a bevy of exterior color choices as optional goodies, too. Look for the 2011 Nissan Murano to land on dealer lots by October. Follow the jump for the full press blast.



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2011 Nissan Murano Features Redesigned Exterior, Refined Interior and New SV Trim Level

– Early Look Provided Prior to New Murano's Mid-October Availability –

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today released information and photography of the new, refined 2011 Nissan Murano, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in mid-October. The second generation Nissan Murano, introduced just two years ago, now offers a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and a number of interior and content refinements – all intended to keep Murano's visually distinctive styling fresh and exciting.

Also for 2011, two new models have been added to the lineup, SV FWD and SV AWD, for a total of eight models, providing Murano buyers with the widest range ever of equipment and features to match their exact needs and budgets. Other changes include the addition of one new exterior color, Graphite Blue, and a new wood grain hue on Murano LE models.

"With its contemporary exterior design, 'mobile suite' interior, advanced technology and refined, premium driving feel, Murano stands out as a modern crossover SUV like no other," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the enhancements for 2011, there are even more reasons for consumers to put Murano on the top of their shopping lists."

All 2011 Muranos feature a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline, and an advanced Xtronic CVT™ that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or with an Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system, and all Muranos come with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) standard. Murano is built on Nissan's proven "D" platform, which provides a solid foundation and lightweight suspension components, dual flow path shock absorbers and a twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system.

The most striking visual element of the 2011 Murano is once again its dramatic body, which imparts a "modern art" feel while still maintaining its distinctive "Murano-ness." The front end features a bold grille with new, revised design and wide front headlights, a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. Murano's rear end features a unique rear glass shape, integrated rear roof spoiler, large redesigned rear LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

Murano is also offered with an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight, adding to its open, airy interior feeling. Inside, Murano offers high levels of warmth and luxury – with available wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor.

Interior enhancements for 2011 include a new white meter color, new center stack colors and added equipment to various trim levels – driver's seat with power lumbar support (SV), RearView Monitor (SV), 7.0-inch color monitor (SV), auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (SL) and heated steering wheel (SL). New audio and entertainment features range from the addition of standard iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System to SV models to a Bose® audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers for SL models. Other available technology includes an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box™ hard drive.

The 2011 Murano is offered in eight well-equipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD.

About Nissan in North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Beaky lumpy frumpy and dumpy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What awaste. Nissan should have spent that time, money, and effort in adding a thrid row seat for this vehicle. More women drive this vehicle than men and many are in their family stage.

      We are a Nissan family but this thing will not fit all of us. We can't always drive the Armada either. Therefore, we are looking at buying a Toyota Highlander as a second family hauler with a better fuel mileage for city driving.

      Just sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the overall package of the Murano, especially after reading about how it got very good gas mileage in a comparison test against several other CUV's, however that grill makes it easy for anyone to hate it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to the power ratings? I thought these things made 270hp after the restyle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Altima makes 270hp. This made 265hp 248ft-lbs (with premium), so either Nissan retuned it for emissions compliance, or just accurately rated it on regular.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan should have dumped the CVT for a 6 speed automatic, unless the dual range wider ratio spread one is available.
      5.4:1 is not enough.

      Where is the Maxima edition of the VQ35? It should make 285hp, 255ft-lbs on regular fuel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate admiting it but I really do like the front. Sadly its slapped on this and not on anything else at the moment. Looks somewhat evil and aggressive. The rest of the Nissan line up (minus the 370Z) looks bland and well Toyota'ish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        the front of this appeals to me
        the side also

        the rear is the only place i'd say needs some help, but then no matter the vehicle I can always find a design que to pick on
      • 4 Years Ago
      8 variants....EIGHT!?

      I like options, but Jebus...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think it is positively hideous.

      Front end looks like an insect, the rest of the body looks like a melted bar of soap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      one important item on the press release not mentioned in the article is that the murano now runs on regular unleaded. it has always needed premium. that's was a deal breaker for me in the past but now i will cross shop it with the new ford edge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 1st generation of this thing was pretty attractive. The second generation - just plain ugly and each refresh just makes it worse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I truly hope Nissan's styling team isn't headed down the Acura road...

      Between this Murano front end, the Juke and the new Quest, I'm getting queasy!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Murano has 265HP and 248TQ. Not 250/240.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not anymore.
        260hp, 240ft-lbs
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