Author: Steve Allen |
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2017 Nissan Murano once again sets the standard in the midsize crossover segment – Apple CarPlay™, revised option packages added for new model year.

Strong Murano sales momentum expected to continued thanks to breakthrough design, premium Interior and purposeful technology.

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The third-generation Nissan Murano has continued to set sales record sales since its introduction as a 2015 model. That trend is expected to continue in 2017 as refinements are made to various content packages – including the addition of Apple CarPlay™ and expanded availability of Driver Attention Alert1. What remain unchanged are the popular crossover’s concept car-like styling, premium interior and advanced, purposeful technology.

A Lightness of Form

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

With its highly sculptural, highly emotional design, Murano continues to stand out in a crossover field known more for uniformity and utility-based styling than boldness and light. Working to capture the breathtaking spirit and artistry of the original breakthrough Murano, the designers began by concentrating on the vehicle’s sculptural qualities.

One of the central constructs for both the exterior and interior was to “elevate your experience,” which is counterintuitive to the heaviness and chunkiness of the traditional sport utility vehicle. This helped inspire the push for leading edge aerodynamic and three key elements of Nissan’s signature design language – the V-Motion front end, signature boomerang lighting and floating roofline.

The designers sought to create a gravity-like power to pull viewers into the design visually, while defying gravity with a lightness of form through the use of glass and flowing lines. The prominent glass areas of the first-generation Murano were retained and expanded with the latest design, including the use of its jet-inspired roof and D-pillars that appear disconnected from the roof that help visually lighten the cabin. The result is a unique floating feeling that can be recognized from very far away.

Another key element is the boomerang-style headlights and taillights, which were originally introduced on the Nissan 370Z. For use with Murano, distinctive signature lights were added, accentuating the boomerang shapes, and were slimmed and pushed to extremes to look like they flow with the wind.

The signature headlights, with their LED Daytime Running Light accents, are instantly recognizable at night. While becoming a Murano signature, they were an engineering challenge, requiring extensive tuning to refine the shape and light intensity.

The design of the standard LED taillights had to be balanced with the required crossover utility, with the final shape seamlessly integrated into the rear glass, conveying a high-tech quality.

Murano’s sculptural bodysides also created an engineering challenge, especially in the strong curvature of the rear fender stampings. While similar in dimensions to the previous generation Murano, the design is slightly lower, wider and longer, enhancing the aerodynamics while not compromising the desired crossover height and stance. The lower rocker panels offer a balance of aerodynamics and ruggedness.

Other critical details, such as the active grille shutter, fender lip moldings, rear bumper surfacing, rear tire deflectors and integrated rear spoiler help achieve a more than 16 percent improvement in overall aerodynamics (versus the previous generation design). The designers and engineers invested three times the normal wind tunnel testing of the Murano to get to its 0.31 coefficient of drag, on par with many sports cars.

A Premium Way to Travel

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The exterior theme of futuristic travel and refined intensity continue throughout the Murano interior, starting the moment the doors are opened with its available advanced lighting system, open and comfortable feeling and use of premium materials.

Murano’s upscale “social lounge” interior creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. The instrument panel height is lower than previous model year Murano. Centered between the outer wings is a large information and control center with an available 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control. Keeping with the idea of “beauty with simplicity,” the number of audio and navigation switches is just 10 – for a more user-friendly experience.

Adding to the driver’s sense of connectedness with security is Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with a 7.0-inch high-resolution color display. Available audio systems include an advanced Bose® design with 11 speakers (including dual subwoofers), HD Radio® and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). Also offered is NissanConnectSM with Navigation.

Nissan’s advanced Zero Gravity seats are standard for front and rear outboard occupants. The rear seats are a three-cushion design, a first for a Nissan vehicle. Climate-controlled seats (heating and cooling) are available in front, along with available Quick Comfort™ heated rear seats.

Other interior features include standard Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control and Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, along with available leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, steering wheel position memory, driver’s seat and outside mirror memory, power folding rear seats and Remote Engine Start2 with Intelligent Climate Control. Overhead, the available Power Panoramic Moonroof enhances the open, airy feeling.

Conversation between front and rear occupants is encouraged by Murano’s “communication alley” created by the wide, low center console. The console also includes a compartment for rear occupants’ smartphones. There is also an available USB port for the rear seats that allows for control of music and display, along with ample storage areas and compartments throughout the interior.

Murano’s cargo area provides ample storage space with the seats up. The rear cargo area, for example, accommodates four large suitcases, while the rear seats fold flat for greater cargo convenience. With the easy rear seat release and available power rear seat return, Murano converts from people hauler to cargo ship or back within seconds. All configurations can be done from the back, with no walking to each door.

Standard 3.5-liter V6 and an Extra Set of Eyes

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Every 2017 Murano comes equipped with an advanced 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Also standard is an advanced Xtronic transmission tuned for quick response and smoothness. The Xtronic holds the engine at the ideal rpm for the conditions at hand, offering responsive power for passing when needed and quiet efficient running at cruising speeds or around town, with the standard D-Step Logic adding the feel of a traditional stepped automatic.

Fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined for both front-wheel and all0wheel drive models, thanks in part to the enhanced aerodynamics and engine/transmission efficiencies.

The 2017 Murano offers responsive handling and a comfortable ride through use of a 4-wheel independent suspension featuring a front strut/rear multi-link design. Also standard are 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Sporty 18-inch or 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels are also available. All Murano grades are offered in front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive.

The 2017 Murano also offers a suite of advanced features designed to help you keep an eye out all around you. Murano incorporates up to four cameras and three radar sensors to provide input to a range of available technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)3, which can help warn the driver about detected vehicles he or she may not see approaching from either side while backing up.

Parking a Murano is made easier with the available Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)4, which helps the driver to detect moving objects near the vehicle via an on-screen notification and warning chime.

Driver Attention Alert (DAA)2, which helps alert the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected, is standard on SL and Platinum grades. For 2017, it is also available as part of the SV’s Driver Assistance Package (late availability). Studies have shown that drowsy driving is involved in as much as 21 percent of fatal car accidents (Automobile Association of America Study, Nov. 2014). The Driver Attention Alert system provides an audible and visual warning if the system judges that the driver may not be attentive (using analysis of steering inputs to detect changes in the driving behavior).

Every Murano includes as standard the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with a rollover sensor and a driver supplemental knee air bag.

A Range of Models, Assembled in America

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The 2017 Nissan Murano is offered in four grade levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The well-equipped Murano S includes features such as 18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels and 7.0-inch Color Display Audio System (late availability) with 7.0-inch color center display, front USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and Siri® Eyes Free.

Murano SV grade adds 8-way driver/4-way front passenger power seats, roof rails, remote engine start2, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, leather-wrapped shift knob, USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices in the rear of the center console and NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay™ (late availability), with 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, SiriusXM® Traffic™, SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (fuel prices, weather, movie listings, stock info, sports scores) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), and NissanConnect Apps.

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Murano SL models add leather-appointed seating, Bose® audio with 11 speakers including two subwoofers, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert3, Driver Attention Alert2, Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection4, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, driver’s seat memory, ambient lighting and power liftgate.

The Platinum grade includes 20-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights, climate controlled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt, telescoping and memory, and power-folding 2nd row seats and NissanConnect with Navigation and Services featuring Apple CarPlay™ (late availability), with NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including start/stop, lock/unlock, flash lights, sound horn, customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts.

 Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Murano © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Murano is assembled in Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant, which is the most diverse facility by number of models in Nissan’s North American network. The Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant is the global source for Murano production, creating export opportunities to more than 100 markets. Murano is assembled on the same line as Frontier, Titan and Armada.

Pricing

DescriptionSuggested List Price(1)
BASE VEHICLE
S FWD                 3.5 Liter       V6 Xtronic$29,740
SV FWD              3.5 Liter       V6 Xtronic$32,800
SL FWD               3.5 Liter       V6 Xtronic$37,130
Platinum FWD     3.5 Liter       V6 Xtronic$39,180
S AWD                 3.5 Liter       V6 Xtronic$31,340
SV AWD               3.5 Liter      V6 Xtronic$34,400
SL AWD               3.5 Liter      V6 Xtronic$38,730
Platinum AWD      3.5 Liter      V6 Xtronic$40,780
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