Crossover models have become so common that manufacturers who
previously shunned them are quickly trying to keep up with the
trend while the already established brands are being redesigned
to remain competitive in this auto market segment. One of the
best crossovers in the market is Nissan Murano. The new 2016
Nissan Murano will come in a stunning, aggressive appearance
and has all it takes to be among the
best mid-size crossovers.
Nissan Murano 2016 Exterior
The redesigned Nissan Murano 2016 has shed off some
considerable weight due to the use of lightweight material such
as aluminum. The front fascia will get boomerang shaped,
protruding Automatic on/off headlights and LED Daytime
Running Lights. The car also features a futuristic look with
sporty and swoopy lines enhanced by a floating-like roof that
makes the rear roof section appear as if it is suspended only
It also features chrome accents here and there. The new model
is slightly bigger compared to the predecessor translating to
more cargo and passenger space. The basic trim level S
comes with 18 “aluminum-alloy wheels and P235 / 65R18
all-season tires. Power Panoramic Moonroof is option for
higher trim levels.
2016 Nissan Murano Interior
From the information we have received and according to its
prototype, the 2016 Nissan Murano will come with a comfortable
and pleasant interior. To start with, it will have “zero
gravity’ seats which offer more support.
The dash board has been redesigned and will feature matte
silver and chrome finishes. The cabin is spacious with seats
covered in premium cloth. Other features will include automated
wipers, a navigation system, blind spot detection system,
forward collision system, cross traffic alert system, automatic
climate control and an adaptive cruise control system.
The 2016 Nissan Murano will also feature 3 radar systems and 4
cameras which provide an excellent all round view. There will
be three trim levels for this model and each will have its
additional special features. It will also have telescopic
steering wheels, HD radio, iPod interface, Smartphone app
integration, satellite radio among others.
However in addition to the above features the 2016 Nissan
Murano will also have a quality music system along with a
7-inch touch-screen as standard in the base trim. Higher trims
will feature 8-inchtouch-screens which offer clearer views.
Higher trims will also feature power tilt, a steering wheel
which is telescoping heated, 20-inch alloy wheels as well as
heated and ventilated seats. The Murano will be availed in four
trim levels which will be S, SV, SL, and Platinum.
For safety, it will have front side and driver kneel airbags,
front head restraint and additional controls to boost its
stability and handling.
Engine, Specs and Performance
It is not clear what engine the manufacture will put under the
hood of the Murano. Rumors going around suggest three possible
units i.e. a gasoline, diesel and a hybrid engine. The first of
the three units is a 3.5 L V6 DOHC engine adopted from the
Nissan Maxima. This engine will produce 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of
torque. It will move from 0-60 mph in only 7.5
second. Fuel consumption with this engine in the city will
be about 21 mpg while on the highway is about 28 mpg.
The second engine will be a 2.4 L 4-cylinder DCI engine. The
third engine is a hybrid 2.5 L, 4-cylinder hybrid engine that
is combined with a 15Kw electric motor. This hybrid unit is
expected to produce 260 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.
Release date and price
The new Murano will be released in the second half of 2015 most
likely during the Los Angeles Auto show in November. The base
trim level will cost around $ 30,000. Top-of-the-line Platinum
trim with AWD will attract a price tag of around $ 39,000.
Competition in the class of midsize crossover is very strong,
all the manufacturers are trying to attract customers and
capture as much as possible market share. Vehicles similar to
the new Nissan Murano are: Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Ford Edge, Toyota 4Runner.