Nissan To Launch Its Murano Next Month


Nissan Murano

6th July, 2005

Nissan will shortly release a cool crossover sport utility vehicle – the Murano – a vehicle with the functional aspects of a 4x4 and ride of a sports car.

Murano - which will go on sale in mid-August - was designed at Nissan’s Design Studio in California, with a brief to create a new ‘crossover’ sports utility vehicle that has a highly sculpted shape combining a typical four wheel drive stance with stylish lines.

Murano is named after the island Murano near Venice, home of internationally renowned Murano glass.

Powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 engine as the 350Z, the Murano also offers the first application of Nissan’s six-speed Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) in Australia.

The X-Ttronic CVT application with the powerful V6 engine provides smooth and responsive acceleration while virtually eliminating shift shock and providing better fuel economy than a conventional automatic transmission.

Drive is fed through an All-Wheel Drive set-up based on Nissan’s ALL MODE 4x4 system, combined with VDC to offer reassuring levels of traction and stability in all environments.

Nissan’s new FF-L platform (front-engine, front-drive, large) features an exceptionally long wheelbase for maximum interior space and the large 18 inch alloys are pushed out to the corners giving Murano a ‘planted’ look which is accentuated by the short overhangs front and rear.

Although clearly unlike any other model in the Nissan range, Murano does include much of Nissan’s recent design language. The trapezoidal head and tail lamps echo those found on the 350Z.

Another distinctive styling cue is the shape of the rearmost side window, which is triangular and has a sharply upswept lower edge.

Fully independent multi-link suspension and speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering gives Murano car-like dynamic performance and levels of comfort, while the addition of four-wheel drive gives added grip in poor weather and when driving on loose or greasy surfaces.

A lightweight tailgate made from advanced composite plastics with steel reinforcement makes it easy to open and close.

Inside the Murano represents a fusion of dynamic function, high quality materials and genuine luxury.

The spacious interior provides ample room for five passengers and their luggage. The reclining rear seats feature a 60/40 split and have a particularly easy-to-use folding mechanism: pulling a single lever in the luggage area folds the rear seats flat.

Interior storage is both innovative and generous. The double deck lockable centre floor console is deep enough to house a laptop computer and is supplemented by flip-out door pockets and a storage area for coins, mobile phone, sunglasses, cups and bottles.

Underfloor storage in the boot also ensures valuables can be hidden from prying eyes.

Available in two specification levels, the Murano offers a high level of standard trim from the base ST to the luxurious Ti.

Equipment levels on the ST include 18 inch alloys, Bose audio system with in-dash six-disc CD autochanger, climate control, power adjustable drivers seat, leather steering wheel and gear shift, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual front SRS airbags, side and curtain airbags and xenon headlamps.

On top of this the Ti adds an electric tilt/slide sunroof, roof rails, heated leather seats, metallic paint and reverse parking sensors.

Pricing on the sensational Murano line-up starts at just $51,990* for the ST, while the luxurious Ti is priced from $56,990*.

According to Nissan’s managing director and chief executive officer, Shinya Hannya, the Murano brings a fresh new approach to the SUV segment in Australia.

“The Murano packages the best elements of our sports cars with the added functionality of a four-wheel drive to create a very unique and desirable SUV,” said Mr Hannya.

“We are confident the Murano will stand out from the crowd for its styling and performance and not least its pricing.”

*Pricing excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs.

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