Right out of the proverbial gate, this high-style utility vehicle features a more distinct interpretation of the brand’s signature V-Motion grille, while LED head, tail and fog lamps brighten the night.
The new Murano rolls on redesigned wheels spanning either 18 or 20 inches depending on how much you spent. For added choice, three new exterior colors are offered: Deep Blue Pearl, Sunset Drift Chromaflair and Mocha Almond Pearl.
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Slide inside and you’re treated to a freshened cabin. New interior trims are offered including metallic appliques as well as both dark- and light-colored wood accents. More tantalizing is the available semi-aniline leather, which features a diamond-quilted pattern on the seats. Further dressing up top-shelf Platinum-grade models is contrast micro-piping on the chairs, door armrests and center-console lid.
On the technology front, a NissanConnet infotainment system with an eight-inch multitouch screen is standard, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SL models and above gain integrated navigation, which is revised for 2019 to show buildings in three dimensions, provide satellite imagery and allow internet searches for points of interest.
As with other models, Nissan Safety Shield 360 is available in the updated Murano. It includes six advanced technologies to aid drivers and help prevent crashes. This includes amenities like automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
For added protection should a collision be unavoidable, this vehicle also gains second-row side-impact airbags and a front passenger knee airbag.
The updated 2019 Nissan Murano will be offered in four trim levels including S, SV, SL and Platinum. Two options will be on the menu, including a premium package for the midrange SV model. This gives drivers an Around View monitor, a panoramic moonroof, an 11-spearker Bose sound system and more. The available SL Technology Package includes Safety Shield 360, traffic-sign recognition and the abovementioned moonroof.
One key area where the new Murano is standing pat in under the hood. Immediately behind that V-Motion grille you’ll find a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. This engine should deliver 240 pound-feet of peak torque. As always, front- and all-wheel drive is available.
If you like what you see, this crossover is set to go on sale very soon, at some point in the month of December.
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