2011 Nissan Murano, Equipment Shuffles, Price Increases

2011 Nissan Murano, Equipment Shuffles, Price Increases
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As this blog is posted, the 2011 Nissan Murano is on its way to dealers Stateside. Visually it looks similar to the 2010, though keen spotters will notice a new grille, slightly different fascia design and revised taillights.

However the biggest changes are inside: Nissan has improved the optional navigation system and has been jostling with equipment and trim levels, plus prices on all models are up slightly. Four different trim levels are offered on the 2011 Murano – S, SV, SL and LE; in a choice of front and all-wheel drive configurations.

The $28,500 S now gets newly designed 18-inch wheels as standard, but costs $140 more than it’s 2010 counterpart. The  SV, which starts at $31,910, is new this year and bumps up the SL, which now comes standard with leather seats, the premium package, technology package and moonroof (previously they were officially listed as options), resulting in a fairly princely $35,450 in front-drive form; $37,050 as an AWD rig. The up-level LE stickers for $37,540 in front-drive trim (an increase of some $440) while the AWD version rounds out at $39,140. Do bear in mind these are MSRP figures and do not include any incentives, freight or admin fees or sales taxes, which vary from state to state.

As before, all Muranos are powered by Nissan’s VQ35DE V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and coupled exclusively with a CTV transmission, which provides decent if not lively performance.

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the refreshed 2011 Nissan Murano Crossover SUV, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. For 2011, Murano receives a number of significant enhancements, including the addition of a new Murano SV trim level and the addition of the previous optional Premium, Leather, Moonroof and Technology Packages as standard equipment on the Murano SL.

Other refinements range from redesigned front grille, lower fascia and taillights to new 18-inch wheels on S, SV and SL models. Also added is one new exterior color, Graphite Blue, and the available Nissan Navigation System has been enhanced with XM NavTraffic®, XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.

Murano is again available in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Every 2011 Murano comes equipped with a standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ transmission.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2011 Nissan Murano include:

Murano S FWD $28,500 USD Murano SV FWD $31,910 USD Murano SL FWD $35,450 USD Murano LE FWD $37,540 USD Murano S AWD $30,100 USD Murano SV AWD $33,510 USD Murano SL AWD $37,050 USD Murano LE AWD $39,140 USD

About the 2011 Nissan Murano The second generation Nissan Murano, introduced just two years ago, enters the 2011 model year with 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. The contemporary exterior design combines with Murano’s “mobile suite” interior, advanced technology and a refined, premium driving feel to create a modern crossover SUV like no other.

Two new models have been added to the 2011 lineup: SV FWD and SV AWD. They join the Murano S FWD, Murano S AWD, Murano SL FWD, Murano SL AWD, Murano LE FWD and Murano LE AWD to provide buyers with a wide range of equipment and features to match any need or budget.

All 2011 Muranos again feature a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6, rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, 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.

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. Available technology also includes an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box™ hard drive.