Nissan is testing a prototype of a shrunken version of its Murano, throwing down the gauntlet at small 'utes like the BMW X3, new Toyota RAV4, and C-class based Mercedes MLK, which should debut in 2008. Slated for the list of goodies the vehicle will sport include all-wheel drive and an optional 6-cylinder engine (the base will presumably be a 2.0L 4-cylinder). It should come in both a gasoline and diesel model (the latter for Europe only, presumably).

Thanks to Ebm14 for the tip.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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