Nissan releases refreshed Murano in Europe

Too bad for new Murano owners here?
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Jul 20, 2010
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The European market is now enjoying a refreshed version of the second-generation Nissan Murano, which comes with a diesel-powered engine.

Aside from the fact that Universal Motors Corp. launched the new Nissan Murano Z51 in the Philippines just four months ago, the new look and specifications of the sport-utility vehicle is especially released just for the European market.

While the current Murano already promises a quiet ride, Nissan opted to change the power steering pump from being chain driven to one that utilizes a belt to further reduce vehicle noise. A fifth engine mounting point was also added to lower the noise, vibration and harshness levels in the new Murano while extra sound absorbing material were added to the engine bay to further insulate the cabin.

Mated to the diesel mill is a six-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control to replace the gasoline-fed model's continuously variable unit. This lets the Murano deliver an estimated fuel mileage of 12.33 kilometers for every liter of diesel fuel.

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The refreshed Murano also gets a new, more aggressive front fascia to improve the vehicle’s cooling airflow requirement.

"Now with the arrival of a diesel version, buyers can add lower emissions, huge reserves of torque and enhanced fuel economy to the equation. It's a win-win solution," Simon Thomas, Nissan senior vice president for sales and marketing in Europe, said in a statement.

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It looks good and it's diesel-powered. Unfortunately, it’s not something that Filipino motorists can look forward to--at least not anytime soon.

When asked whether the refreshed second-generation Murano will make it to local shores, Universal Motors chief operating officer Elizabeth Lee said "not at this time since we just recently launched the Z51." She added the local market is not getting short-changed with the Murano currently sold here because it is "the latest available in Asia." - with ABLL

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